Website says Noles not eligible for bowl game
- Author: Myrtle Hill 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.
The Seminoles and the Golden Eagles will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Shreveport, La.
With less than a week remaining until FSU's bowl game, it is unclear what the Seminoles and the NCAA could do to rectify the situation. Florida State, who holds the longest active streak of making a bowl game in college football with 35 consecutive appearances, should have been watching from home this holiday season.
As Reddit user bakonydraco explained in a detailed post, Florida State's win over Delaware State should not have counted towards their bowl eligibility according to NCAA rules.
The 6-6 Florida State Seminoles are now preparing to face Southern Mississippi in the Independence Bowl on December 27th, but very detailed report posted on Reddit questions whether Florida State is officially bowl eligible, just days before the game.
Reddit College Football found that over the most recent two-year span, Delaware State only used 87 percent of the available scholarship grants-in-aid awarded to FCS teams, but in order for an FCS opponent to count toward an FBS team's bowl eligibility, the FCS team needs to use 90 percent of its scholarship grants-in-aid over a rolling two-year stretch.More news: Weather Forecast- Tuesday, December 12th
The Seminoles have replaced him with Willie Taggart form OR, considered one of the best young coaches in the country. One of their wins came over FCS squad Delaware State, a school that apparently did not fulfill the arcane requirement that would have made a win over them count towards bowl eligibility.
For the Seminoles it's a stroke of luck that will allow them to continue their bowl streak, albeit with an asterisk.
"He's doing exactly his job, and I feel like he wants to implement a relationship with the players", defensive tackle Walvenski Aime said.
Florida State's most notable assistant coach, is leaving the school to reunite with former head coach Jimbo Fisher.
FSU is expected to use around 3,000 of its bowl allotment 6,000 tickets, according to school officials.
Florida State interim coach Odell Haggins discusses the hiring of new head coach Willie Taggart's hiring on Friday.