Florida Gulf Coast University senior All-Atlantic Sun third baseman/catcher Tim Roberson was suspended for the Eagles' first six games after being charged with DUI on Feb. 11.
Roberson, 21, was arrested by campus police then booked by the Lee County Sheriff's Office. He was released on his own recognizance the same day and his court date is Feb. 28.
This is the first such charge for Roberson, a criminal justice major who led FGCU with 13 home runs, 63 RBIs and 142 total bases while batting .332 last season.
FGCU athletic director Ken Kavanagh said his standard operating procedure for such offenses is a suspension of "at least" 10 percent of the athlete's games.
"Let's say a fatality occurred or there had been a lot of other issues besides just getting a DUI, or let's say this was a situation where this is the last straw - this is a kid we've had other problems with - then the decision could be that we just need to part ways," Kavanagh said. "With Tim's previous record as a student-athlete over his four-year tenure, I felt the way to go was the 10 percent."
A West Palm Beach native, Roberson - who stand 5 feet, 10 inches and weighs 190 pounds - also will perform community service for FGCU and is in counseling.
"This is a serious offense," Kavanagh said. "He's responsible, and he's taken a good attitude toward working with the folks in counseling at our university."
FGCU coach Dave Tollett and Kavanagh are on the same page.
"I agree with Ken," Tollett said. "The kid needs to learn a lesson. This is a serious incident, and I think kids need to be disciplined when something like this happens."
Tollett would not make Roberson, who was to finish serving his suspension during the home game against Illinois on Saturday, available to the media for comment. He said Saturday he was unsure if Roberson will play in the Eagles' game against Illinois in Swanson Stadium at 1 p.m. Sunday.
"I really don't know," Tollett said. "I just don't know. He'll finish his time, then we'll make a decision on when we get him back in. I don't know if it will be (today) or next week."
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