Technically, Florida State shouldn't be playing in a bowl game this year

Technically, Florida State shouldn't be playing in a bowl game this year

"This is a matter between the NCAA, Florida State and Delaware State".

While the Seminoles will take on Southern Miss next Wednesday, Dec. 27, in Shreveport, they aren't really supposed to. Here's to saying the program will celebrate its second-ever postseason tilt by winning in its first-ever bowl game.

"We are continuing preparations for our game between Southern Miss and Florida State", Walk-on's Independence Bowl spokesman Stefan Nolet told The Associated Press in an email.

The rules of bowl eligibility in college football are relatively straightforward, but sometimes six wins do not count as six wins.

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.

With that number being at 87 percent, Delaware State cannot be counted by a FBS school (FSU football) for the sake of bowl eligibility - meaning the Seminoles are 6-6 on the field, but 5-6 when it comes to counting toward bowl games.




Florida State should have been deemed ineligible based on the scholarship status of their FCS opponent this season. It's too late to do anything now, they'll still play in the game. The Seminoles rescheduled the game, which had been postponed indefinitely due to Hurricane Irma, to give the players a chance to play their way into the postseason and continue the streak. For a win over an FCS team to be countable toward bowl eligibility, that school has to have awarded at least 90 percent of potential scholarships to players.

Three schools that were eligible to be selected to play in a bowl game will be watching from home while FSU plays in the Independence Bowl. He said only Wisconsin asked for verification of the numbers and that was done with a simple letter stating UNI was in compliance.

"I have no doubt a waiver would have been granted" to Florida State, Dannen said.

Florida State interim coach Odell Haggins discusses the hiring of new head coach Willie Taggart's hiring on Friday.

In the weird and freakish winding road that has been the Florida State Seminoles 2017 season, this latest development nearly seems fitting.

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