Tallahassee, FL, United States (4E Sports) – An academic-related matter forced top-ranked Florida State to suspend starting defensive end Chris Casher in its season opener against Oklahoma State Saturday.
“Chris Casher is being withheld pending review of an academic-related matter,” the school said in a statement. “Student privacy will not allow us to expand any further.”
The 6-4, 250-pound Casher, a redshirt sophomore, was expected to make his first career start after playing in 13 games last season. He missed most of his freshman season with a knee injury.
Despite Casher’s absence, the Seminoles won the game, 37-31.
Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said Casher missed Thursday’s practice because of class-related reason.
During the summer, FSU had placed Casher on probation for one year for two violations of the university’s student code of conduct stemming from the sexual assault investigation into quarterback Jameis Winston.
In 2012, police briefly detained Casher and Winston after a person reported two men were carrying a gun on campus, which turned out to be a pellet gun.
The two were also investigated for damage at the apartment complex they lived at during their freshmen seasons. The damage from the BB gun “battle” cost $4,200.