On Friday, the FSU football team is facing an NCAA investigation after they were found to have violated a rule prohibiting offensive uniforms during games.
It’s a tough time for the football program.
The Seminoles were just one of five FSU teams that were forced to submit uniforms to NCAA regulations to prevent them from violating the rule, and they have been forced to change uniforms multiple times since the beginning of the season.
The FSU team is also the subject of an investigation into whether they violated NCAA rules by wearing a pair of football shorts and a t-shirt with an image of the mascot, FSU’s Bear.
According to a report in The Tampa Bay Times, the mascot’s face is visible in a black turtleneck, and the shorts were covered with a black T-shirt that read, “Make a Change.”
“This is not a team that can afford to be perceived as a laughingstock by the public,” athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement released to the Tampa Bay area media.
“That is why we are going to take this action and make sure this does not happen again.”
A spokesperson for the NCAA said they are aware of the issue and have been in contact with the FsUs football team.
According the spokesperson, the organization will investigate whether the team violated NCAA rule number 16.3, which states that the uniforms of a team “shall be of appropriate quality.”
The team did not respond to a request for comment, and Brandon did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for clarification.
The NCAA is taking action on this issue because of the severity of the violation, and this is an area where we are very focused on the safety of our student-athletes and the public, said Nicole Beech, senior director of media relations at the NCAA.
We’re not going to stop.””
This is an issue that we are committed to addressing.
We’re not going to stop.”
The FsU football team will wear the new football shorts for now, but the mascot will not be wearing them during games as the NCAA is investigating.
The mascot was removed from the team’s roster for the 2015 season.
The new mascot is also no longer wearing the shorts.
The mascot was also removed from FSU basketball for the 2017-18 season.