- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida State football coach has been suspended for 30 days after being charged with driving under the influence and property damage.

University president John Thrasher said in a statement Thursday that the suspension of strength and conditioning coach Vic Viloria is meant to send a strong message about the serious nature of the offense. Viloria’s suspension begins Friday and he is eligible to return to work on Oct. 2. The suspension covers the first four games of the fourth-ranked Seminoles’ season including Monday’s opener against No. 11 Mississippi in Orlando.

In the suspension letter provided by the school, Viloria is being disciplined for conduct unbecoming a public employee and for drinking on the job.

Viloria said in his statement that he began drinking in his office with a film crew on Aug. 20 to celebrate the end of preseason camp.

The 37-year old Viloria was taken into custody and had blood alcohol content levels of 1.24 and 1.25.

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