Players removed logo from CSU helmets in protest, sources say

This image taken from a video feed provided by American Sports Network shows one of the players without a logo on his helmet Saturday against Presbyterian College.

You may have noticed a new look of the Charleston Southern Football team Saturday. The CSU logo on the helmet was gone, and sources close to the program say it's a statement.

That statement, sources close to the program say, is in protest of treatment players say they receive on the campus of the school. The players reportedly chose as a team to remove the logo from their helmets and plan to play without that logo for the rest of the season.

Players claim among issues is the cafeteria running out of food. They report they are often left hungry. Sources tell us the issue is deeper, though. Players feel they're treated poorly by the school's administration.

Sources say the removal of the logo from the helmets symbolizes the players are "playing for each other."

Those close to the situation say it isn't an attack on the school. Players simply want to raise awareness and let school administrators know what they are going through.

Charleston Southern Assistant Athletic Director for Media Seth Montgomery released this statement in response Tuesday:

"We're dealing with an internal matter. The administration has worked with the football team to resolve the issue. At this time, we have no further comments."

Both sides have made it clear, these protests are internal and not connected to anything going on in the NFL.

Charleston Southern won their Big South opener Saturday at Presbyterian, 7-0. The Bucs will host Savannah State this Saturday at 6 p.m.

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