How Low Can They Go

By Adam Caparell - December 22, 2007

After learning that Florida State would be without 36 players for its Music City Bowl matchup with Kentucky Dec. 31, your first inclination is to wonder whether Bobby Bowden's going to have any players left by the time the game actually arrives. Because at the rate Florida State is going these days, the Seminoles are going to need guys to pull double duty after 25 players were expected to be suspended players earlier in the week when news of a cheatin scandal broke.

But thanks to academic suspensions and other rules violations - Florida State won't specify why individual players have been suspended - along with the embarrassing cheating scandal, the Seminoles are going to be without three dozen players for what's shaping up to be a potential FSU undressing in Nashville.

Florida State losing the services of some notable defensive players and an offensive line that experienced its struggles for yet another season does not figure to equal success against a Kentucky team that's better than the 7-5 record it finished with.

But if there's a bright side to all the negativity coming out of Tallahassee it's that at least the Seminoles can count on all of their skill position players being on the field - until they get suspended. After all we've got nine days to go until kickoff.

All kidding aside, Greg Carr, De'Cody Fagg, Antone Smith and Drew Weatherford will all be traveling for the game. Xavier Lee, however, will not. And that shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering his past track record of suspensions. At least now Weatherford doesn't have to worry about looking over his shoulder, waiting for Lee to replace him under center. Weatherford didn't have to worry about Lee coming into the game against BC - Lee was suspended for the matchup with the Eagles - and Weatherford had his best game of the season in FSU's upset.

Lee is just one of 13 Seminoles who have started at least one game this season that will not be playing in the bowl game. It's a lucky 13 for Bowden who can't possibly have his program fall any further on the laughing stock list. But that's assuming we've heard the end of the Florida State suspension. And if we've learned anything from this past week, never say never.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 01:03 PM on December 22, 2007
Comments (3)


Amen brotha. Them FSU kids is wack, son. Caparell, I feel you.

I think Bobby has been great for F.S.U. but his time is fast approaching and he needs to look at what is best for the program and not himself.

You can pile on while you can but I can say every college has at some point has had this problem.This on-line courses makes this much to easy to cause problems. Not just athetic but though out any school. Glad that F.S.U has address this and not sweep it under the carpet like some schools have.

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