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… message header for item 2b. … Florida State Has Dismissed Greg Reid From the Football Program …

Florida State Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher announced Wednesday that Greg Reid has been dismissed from the FSU football team for a violation of team rules.

It’s also possible that Reid failed another drug test, his third, possibly after being arrested for drugs, as we addressed in early July with ‘No Courtesy Foul For Greg Reid." If that is the case, Fisher’s hands were tied and the dismissal was automatic.

Tomahawk Nation will have more on this story as it develops.
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We’ve told these men since about seventh grade that their value is physical, not mental, and we’ve made excuses for them — padding grades, waiving rules, cleaning up messes. We’ve got television spending billions and colleges spending millions and coaches whose high-paying jobs depend on winning — which is done by honing skills that will bring fame and wealth to the few players who make it in the pros.

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…..item 1)…. Florida Capital News … Originally published August 25, 2011 … Bill Cotterell: Stop the NCAA charade … UM scandal shouldn’t leave us ‘shocked’

Bill Cotterell
Capital Curmudgeon

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We’re at another one of those Capt. Renault moments in college football, showing why they should quit the pretense of "student athletes" and let the guys earn a living.

Everybody knows that scene in "Casablanca," when the police captain blows his whistle and shuts down Rick’s cafe — proclaiming himself "shocked, shocked" to find gambling. As a puzzled Humphrey Bogart asks what’s going on, a croupier hands Capt. Renault his winnings, which he pockets with a curt "thank you very much."

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In the current drama, the role of the mortified gendarme will be shared by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and administrators at the University of Miami, who pocket millions from what are supposed to be amateur games. And the casino is any of the college football and basketball arenas on campuses across America.

You’ve probably heard about Nevin Shapiro, doing 20 years for running a near billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, and his devotion to UM football. He has confessed to providing cash, booze and prostitutes to Hurricane athletes who — he was amazed to discover — wanted nothing to do with him, once he could no longer provide all of the above.

Shocked, shocked! Nothing like this has ever happ … oh, wait a minute. It happens a lot, usually on a less-lurid scale.

Let’s see what we’ve got here:

We’ve got men, always the sensible gender, in the age range of 18 to 24, when they’re known for caution, judgment and maturity.

We’ve told these men since about seventh grade that their value is physical, not mental, and we’ve made excuses for them — padding grades, waiving rules, cleaning up messes. We’ve got television spending billions and colleges spending millions and coaches whose high-paying jobs depend on winning — which is done by honing skills that will bring fame and wealth to the few players who make it in the pros.

Then we’ve got wealthy boosters, some of whom will do anything — by which we mean anything — to bask in the reflected glory of their heroes. And, in the instant case, it all happens at a campus just across the bay from South Beach, which is not exactly Amish country.

Really, what could go wrong?

It’s not surprising that so many players or whole teams or entire athletics departments get in trouble. It’s surprising that so many men like Warrick Dunn, Tim Tebow, Myron Rolle and Christian Ponder emerge from this system with academic and ethical principles intact.

Just as news broke about Shapiro hosting parties in the VIP rooms of Miami Beach night clubs, lavishly entertaining Hurricanes at his million beachfront mansion, finding pelvic affiliates du jour for athletes and giving the university money he’d scammed from Ponzi victims, the NCAA was making another of its periodic reform efforts.

NCAA President Mark Emmert called about 50 campus presidents, athletics directors and other big gamers to Indianapolis this month for what he billed as a no-foolin’-this-time summit. Straight-faced, they announced a minimum "Academic Progress Rate" for eligibility in post-season tournaments, along with a proposal to raise the minimum grade-point average for recruits from 2.0 to 2.5.

That one will need some thinking. Universities that turn away nonathletes with 3.8 GPAs must agonize over a 2.5 for sports.

Emmert’s group did not address any new steps to handle sports agents, or their go-betweens, who court basketball and football prospects. It’s been more than three years since the NCAA Committee on Infractions asked the board of directors to really hammer coaches who cheat — nothing yet.

The obvious reason is that the NCAA, university presidents, TV networks, boosters, coaches and the pro teams that use colleges as a farm system like things just as they are. Everybody is making money — except the young men who sweat through two-a-day practices in the summer, risking crippling injury for the dream of a pro career that awaits only a few.

Like turning an aircraft carrier, it would take a while to change direction. But there are two honest choices: Revert to true amateur play — your students play ours — or stop the pretense and do openly what a lot of them are doing (or want to) anyway.

Nobody, least of all TV networks, would pay to see a pick-up team from FSU play just any group of Gator students. So that’s out.

Then let the NBA and NFL sponsor college teams, like baseball farm clubs, paying the coaching staffs, promotion departments and travel expenses while developing talent for their squads. Pay each player a salary, along with a guaranteed four-year education — but not necessarily in the same four years they play.

Unless they want to be students, and some can handle both academics and athletics, they should concentrate on sports. Then they can pursue a career in the big leagues — just as regular students try to find jobs.

If they don’t make it in pro sports, or if they last only a few years, they’ll have four years of college to fall back on. Those who wind up set for life with million-dollar seasons, fat endorsement contracts and broadcast jobs could pass the scholarship along to some kid who needs it — athlete or not.

And what about the boosters? Well, they could still do all their good works, if that’s what they’re interested in. And if they spent millions fawning over their heroes, who’d care?

If the criminal Ponzi schemer had thrown parties in the champagne room of a South Beach nightspot for members of the Miami Dolphins, rather than the Miami Hurricanes, would anybody be shocked, shocked?

— Contact Senior Political Writer Bill Cotterell at (850) 671-6545 or at bcotterell@tallahassee.com.
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…..item 2a)…. Instant analysis: Who replaces Greg Reid?

… Seminoles.com … www.seminoles.com/blog … DOAK INSIDER BLOG …

By Brandon Mellor on August 1, 2012 9:06 AM

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Wednesday’s announcement that Greg Reid has been dismissed from the football program for a violation of team rules means Florida State will open fall camp Monday with not one but two starting jobs up for grabs.

And with No. 1 positions on the depth chart at boundary cornerback and punt returner now in need of new personnel, competition — particularly amongst FSU’s young skill players — will be ratcheted up an extra notch when the pads are put on for the team’s first full practice session Aug. 11.

So who are the likely candidates to earn Reid’s jobs in time for the Sept. 1 opener against Murray State? Let’s take a look:

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…..item 2b)…. Florida State Has Dismissed Greg Reid From the Football Program

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College Football, VideoTy DuffyAugust 1st. 2012, 9:45am

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Florida State has dismissed cornerback Greg Reid for an unspecified violation of team rules. The senior was slated to start at cornerback and return punts and kicks.
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Reid had been arrested earlier this month for driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana. He also had a bizarre, scooter-related arrest in September, involving a gentleman named

“TFraz.” College football has a greater threshold for idiocy than most of life’s avenues, but sometimes one must admit defeat.

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…..item 2c)…. Greg Reid Dismissed By Florida State

… TOMAHAWK NATION … www.tomahawknation.com

by Bud Elliott on Aug 1, 2012 8:39 AM EDT in FSU Football

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Greg Reid has been dismissed by Florida State. The news was first released by former Florida State star and football assistant Tamarick Vanover.
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Florida State released this statement:

Florida State Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher announced Wednesday that Greg Reid has been dismissed from the FSU football team for a violation of team rules.

Reid was arrested in Georgia last month on multiple misdemeanor charges including marijuana possession, driving on a suspended license and failure to wear a seatbelt.

It is unknown whether this dismissal is directly a result of the misdemeanor charges, or if Reid, who has faced internal discipline for other unreported issues numerous times in the last, possibly violated another team rule.

It’s also possible that Reid failed another drug test, his third, possibly after being arrested for drugs, as we addressed in early July with ‘No Courtesy Foul For Greg Reid." If that is the case, Fisher’s hands were tied and the dismissal was automatic.

In any case, Reid was long thought to be a favorite of Jimbo Fisher, who did everything he could to keep the senior on the team.

Though the senior is a good cornerback, he is a much bigger loss on special teams, where he excels as a punt returner.

Tomahawk Nation will have more on this story as it develops.

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…..item 3)…. Battle of unbeatens between No. 3 FSU and No. 7 UM …

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James Wilder Jr. goes to stiff arm a Miami defender during last year’s game. Florida State and Miami will meet as unbeaten, top 10 teams for the first time since 2004. / Riley Shaaber / FSView

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Oct. 30, 2013 |

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FSU vs. The U.

This has been a battle for bragging rights, waging on for 62 years now and it finally returns to it’s home: the brightest lights Saturday night football can bring, College Gameday.

The U dominated the 80s, between the Howard Schnellenberger and Jimmy Johnson eras Miami altered college football, and then Florida State sat atop the throne during the 90s. The tradition runs extremely deep, these two institutions do not like each other. The “Wide Rights”, “Wide Lefts” and muffed snaps are all still used as ammunition toward opposing supporters and forever be.

What’s different about this year’s game in Tallahassee is the impact the result will have on the nation. This is the first time since 2004 both teams hold a ranking inside the top ten, another game in which FSU can violently turn the BCS upside-down.
“This is one of the great traditions in college football,” said head coach Jimbo Fisher. “One of the reasons why you come to Florida State, to be able to play in this game and then of course, both teams being in the top 10, like the old days. (It) feels good and this should be a great match up.”

Miami is 7-0 for the first time since 2003, and it’s been a hard seven so far. UM has had their share of near-heartbreak with games like Wake Forrest and UNC coming down to the very last minute. Apart from almost losing their cool against the previous two, Miami has had a relatively easy schedule with the exception of a then-No. 12 Florida.

Coming into Saturday’s game, FSU has been listed as high as 22 points favorites over a school that trails in the BCS rankings by only a quartet of other programs.

However, some may be underestimating the playmaking ability of Miami’s offense. Though he’s no Jameis Winston, senior Stephen Morris has nudged himself into a warm place in the hearts of UM fans all around. He’s had trouble following up his performance in 2012 personally, but the teamed has thrived around him. Although Morris’ right hand men, sophomores Duke Johnson and Dallas Crawford, have been more than helpful in getting this team to where it stands now.

“What doesn’t he do well? We’d have a shorter conversation,” joked Fisher. “The thing about him is that he makes big plays. He’s dynamic. He gets in space. He changes numbers on the scoreboard. He makes you miss.

You’re always getting a fresh guy. You’re always getting fresh legs. [Crawford]’s a big, strong and fast guy. The game that Duke [Johnson] got hurt, he came in and had 100-and-some yards. [He] played extremely well. [They’re] two very capable backs.”

Johnson is on pace to rack up just over 1,400 yards rushing this season, while Crawford has already smashed his way to nine touchdowns with an extra tally on a reception. These two guys will undoubtedly be the best running backs FSU’s defense has seen all season, and maybe will be the best they face all year long.

What may be a rarely seen comparison is this: Miami averages 39.6 points for per game and Clemson averaged 40.8 points for per game before heading into a matchup against Florida State. Sure, Clemson played one or two more challenging teams, but the points are still there.

But toss those numbers aside for this game. Anyone who has experienced, played in or even seen a rivalry game at the same caliber as this will tell you stats are nothing but garbage when it comes to a team you love to hate, like Miami. If the ’Noles really want to prove they can be a national title team, this will have to be just another week of football. It’s another test, but no one said the road to the top was an easy one.
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