Florida State has confronted one downside after one other since beginning the season ranked No. three.
The most recent twist in a wierd and disappointing season for the Seminoles got here Friday when it was pressured to defend its bowl eligibility after it had been known as into query by fan-led investigation posted on the web site Reddit.
Florida State launched an announcement saying Delaware State did meet NCAA necessities that enable the Seminoles to depend their victory towards the FCS group towards bowl eligibility.
Florida State (6-6) performs Southern Mississippi within the Independence Bowl on Wednesday in Shreveport, Louisiana, extending its streak of bowl appearances to a report 36 straight seasons.
Questions on whether or not the Seminoles had certainly reached six countable wins have been raised by Reddit customers who analyzed information on Delaware State’s athletic scholarships. The evaluation posted Thursday appeared to indicate Delaware State had failed use 90 p.c of its soccer scholarship funds, which is required for an FCS group to be countable towards FBS bowl eligibility.
Neither college nor the NCAA commented on the Reddit report for greater than 24 hours till Florida State’s quick response:
“Florida State has obtained affirmation from Delaware State that the 90 p.c requirement is glad for the 2017 season, permitting the victory for use in figuring out bowl eligibility.
Media stories suggesting in any other case did not account for a long-standing NCAA guidelines interpretation that allows establishments to make use of educational scholarships and different types of non-athletics institutional support obtained by student-athletes within the computation of this requirement. These media stories characterize incomplete data, as they solely replicate athletics scholarships obtained.”
Regardless of the confusion, Florida State enjoying within the Independence Bowl was by no means unsure. It was method too late for Florida State to be faraway from the sport, particularly over what would have amounted to an administrative error Delaware State. Additionally, it has not been unusual for the NCAA to grant waivers to permit groups to play in bowl video games when customary necessities haven’t been met.
The Independence Bowl will concluded possibly the worst soccer season Florida State has had since Corridor of Fame coach Bobby Bowden went 5-6 in 1976, his first yr in Tallahassee.
The Seminoles misplaced their high-profile opener to Alabama and quarterback Deondre Francois to a season-ending knee harm in week one, had two video games postponed by extreme climate, stumbled to a 2-5 begin, wanted to play Louisiana-Monroe at house on championship weekend to have an opportunity to get bowl eligible and did so a day after former coach Jimbo Fisher left this system to take the Texas A&M job.
Scrambling to complete 6-6 allowed the Seminoles to increase their report bowl streak, however the Seminoles could not even go away for Shreveport earlier than yet one more problem arose.
Delaware State, which misplaced 77-6 at Florida State on Nov. 18, gave the impression to be about two gamers wanting assembly the minimal, in line with the Reddit publish.
The Reddit consumer, an utilized scientist from the San Francisco Bay Space who makes use of the nickname bakonydraco on the web site, stated followers locally have studied bowl-eligibility guidelines the previous two seasons as bowl organizers have struggled to fill video games with groups that meet the six-win minimal. The individual spoke to the AP on situation of anonymity as a result of he didn’t need his real-life particulars related together with his on-line id.
He stated the request course of took a number of weeks and the moderators spent important time analyzing the info, making an attempt to grasp the complexity of the foundations and their implications.
Sport contracts between FBS and FCS colleges typically stipulate the FCS group meets the scholarship requirement. However, sometimes, that could be a good religion settlement.
Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen stated when he was AD at FCS energy Northern Iowa that requirement was in each contract it had with an FBS college. He stated solely Wisconsin requested for verification of the numbers and that was completed with a easy letter stating UNI was in compliance.
“They trusted the numbers we gave them,” Dannen stated.
After the Independence Bowl, Florida State and its followers can absolutely transfer on to a brand new period below coach Willie Taggart, who stated this week in regards to the early signing interval: “It is not the way you begin. It is the way you end. We’ll end robust.”
Simply ending the 2017 season – interval – will probably be a reduction to Florida State followers.