Charleston Southern University self-reports recruiting violation

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern University has self-imposed one-game suspensions for head football coach Jamey Chadwell and an assistant coach in response to a Secondary/Level III recruiting violation. This violation is a result of an impermissible social media contact with prospective student athletes. Chadwell will serve his suspension during the home game against Albany State on October 8. The assistant coach has been suspended for the Florida State game on September 10.

Defensive coordinator Chad Staggs, who is in his fourth season at CSU, will coach the team against Albany State.

Through the review, the university determined that Coach Chadwell, as the head coach, is responsible for ensuring that his program abides by all NCAA recruiting rules. Therefore, these suspensions were deemed appropriate.

CSU Athletic Director Hank Small issued the following statement.

“Acting in compliance with NCAA rules is something we take seriously at Charleston Southern,” Small said. “Our administrators and coaches work hard to create a culture that is in accordance with matters relating to compliance. This violation came to light and through our internal review and on the advice of the NCAA, we believe the corresponding action is appropriate.”

“We support Coach Chadwell and his staff and are certain that these issues have been addressed and resolved. We are excited about the season at hand and are confident that they will continue to help lead our football program in a first-class manner.”

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