Redditor investigates whether Florida State is actually bowl eligible
- Author: Ismael Montgomery Dec 23, 2017,
Dec 23, 2017, 0:20
Florida State, which was 37 of 66 from the field, led by 26 at halftime (47-21) and was up by as many as 57 late in the second half. OR head coach Willie Taggart was hired to replace Fisher, but interim head coach Odell Haggins will lead the Seminoles in the bowl game.
But a possible administrative error, apparently discovered by a user of the website Reddit, is calling into question whether the Seminoles' victory against Delaware State should count toward the NCAA's bowl-eligibility requirement.
The report found Delaware State's average of scholarship grants-in-aid per year in football during a rolling two-year period was 54.815, or equivalent to 87 percent, short of the 90 percent threshold.
Florida State notably had to scramble to get to bowl eligibility this year.
Quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders, who was introduced as East Tennessee State's new football coach Sunday, will remain with the team and call offensive plays during the bowl game, while defensive coordinator Charles Kelly is also in tow after interviewing for the same job with Colorado State last week.
Delaware State is an FCS school, and NCAA rules state that an FBS team's win over an FCS school can only count towards their bowl eligibility if that FCS school has "awarded at least 90% of the FCS scholarship limit".
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It was the second successive season Southern Mississippi was losing heavily to Florida State, having lost 98-49 on December 6, last season.
For the Seminoles it's a stroke of luck that will allow them to continue their bowl streak, albeit with an asterisk.
The PR director for the Independence Bowl told the Orlando Sentinel that he expects Florida State to play next Wednesday. He said only Wisconsin asked for verification of the numbers and that was done with a simple letter stating UNI was in compliance.
Florida State should cruise to victory and head into the most hard three-game run of any team in college basketball high on confidence.
Southern Miss: Faces Mississippi State on Saturday in Jackson, Mississippi.
While Florida State will still play in the Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi, it turns out that the team never should have been invited in the first place.