Florida State is playing in a bowl it's not eligible for

Florida State refutes report that team isn't bowl eligible
Florida State refutes report that team isn't bowl eligible
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23 December, 2017

They will still be allowed to play in the game, though.

FSU senior defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi discusses the Seminoles' new team energy under coach Willie Taggart and how the players are preparing for the Independence Bowl on December 27.

The Conference USA outfits were among the top five teams averaging the fewest turnovers in Division I, at 8.8 per game, but committed a season-worst 20 against FSU, and it also cost them 21 points.

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M prior to the regular season finale against Louisiana-Monroe.

However, few teams in college basketball have a more hard upcoming set of games, as the Seminoles will face the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils on the road, followed by the No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels at home, and then the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes on the road.

While the Seminoles will take on Southern Miss next Wednesday, Dec. 27, in Shreveport, they aren't really supposed to.

A weird story broke on Thursday night regarding Florida State's upcoming participation in the Independence Bowl.

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ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported that "basically nothing that can be done" at this point, and that because none of the three other teams reported the scholarship issue to the NCAA, FSU will play Southern Mississippi next week.

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.

FSU is expected to use around 3,000 of its bowl allotment 6,000 tickets, according to school officials.

Regardless, its quite the scenario, especially considering that Florida State had to win its final three games to secure bowl eligibility, including the rescheduled game against ULM.

USM head coach Jay Hopson also didn't seem to anxious about the development.

"He's doing exactly his job, and I feel like he wants to implement a relationship with the players", defensive tackle Walvenski Aime said.

"I think the fit is more important than the guys and what they know, because they can know a lot and they don't fit, and it just messes everything up".


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