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CSU’s Caldwell suspended for NCAA violation

Charleston Southern has suspended head football coach Jamey Chadwell and an assistant coach in response to a Secondary/Level III NCAA recruiting violation, the school announced Thursday night.

Chadwell will serve his suspension during the home game against Albany State on Oct. 8. The assistant coach, who was not identified in the school’s release, has been suspended for the Florida State game on Sept. 10.

The violation, which was discovered during an internal school investigation, is a result of an impermissible social media contact with prospective student-athletes.

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

“Acting in compliance with NCAA rules is something we take seriously at Charleston Southern,” said Charleston Southern athletic director Hank Small in a prepared statement. “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.”

Through the internal review, the university determined that Chadwell is responsible for ensuring that the program abides by all NCAA recruiting rules.

“We support Coach Chadwell and his staff and are certain that these issues have been addressed and resolved,” Small said. “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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