1-AA Foe CCU Playing Up To Penn State’s Potential

Hey, look at that: a football player commits sexual assault and is promptly suspended. Yesterday, we mentioned that an Ohio high school couldn’t decide whether “delinquency by gross sexual imposition” was reason enough to kick a 17-year-old off the team.

William Chandler Coastal Carolina

Apparently, Coastal Carolina University is much more serious about sexual misconduct, and as a result, the football program will be short one law-breaking wide receiver for the foreseeable future:

A Coastal Carolina football player has been charged with forcing a woman to have sex with him against her will.

The SUN NEWS of Myrtle Beach reported Thursday that a police report provided by the school said freshman wide receiver William Chandler is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Coastal Carolina’s athletics director Warren Koegel said Chandler has been suspended from the university and football team on an interim basis. … The school said Chandler’s status as a student would be handled through the campus judicial process.

Interestingly, the Cincinnati Bengals, refuge for wayward NFL players, drafted Jerome Simpson out of Coastal Carolina last April. Looks like they took the wrong guy — Simpson, to date, has managed to avoid any po-po-related incidents.

Division 1-AA CCU, which has only been playing football since 2003, faces Penn State in the season opener for both teams on August 30. With the Nittany Lions’ recent problems with players getting into trouble, both teams appear to match up well on paper - if that paper is a rap sheet.

No idea if this is related, but the Chanticleers play in Brooks Stadium. Make of that what you will.