Website says Noles not eligible for bowl game

Website says Noles not eligible for bowl game

Website says Noles not eligible for bowl game

Florida State is going bowling December 27th against Southern Mississippi in the Independence Bowl, even after a compelling report by a Reddit user attempted to prove that the 6-6 Seminoles might not actually be bowl eligible.

Under that scenario - and if the information is accurate - FSU's win over Delaware State should not have counted towards the Seminoles' bowl eligibility.

Florida State reached six wins this season by winning its last three games, including one against Louisiana-Monroe that was rescheduled for December 2 after being indefinitely postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

According to the statement, which was relayed by the Associated Press' Joe Reedy, FSU's athletic department announced it "has received confirmation from Delaware State that the 90 percent requirement is satisfied for the 2017 season, allowing the victory to be used in determining bowl eligibility".

Florida State secured a bowl bid for a 36th consecutive season - what the school boasts as an ongoing national record - thanks to three straight wins to close out its schedule, concluding with a rescheduled game against Louisiana-Monroe on December 2. This will be the 36th consecutive bowl appearance for the Seminoles, which is considered by many the longest current streak in the nation, although the NCAA vacated the team's 2006 Emerald Bowl appearance.

FCS schools are required to award at least 90 percent of the scholarships they are allowed to hand out.

Wright Waters, the executive director of the Football Bowl Association, told Dennis Dodd of CBS that he believes this situation "probably happens more than" fans and the media realize.

"This monumental error should have been caught at three levels: the school, conference and NCAA", a bowl industry source told McMurphy.

Dawsey played for Bobby Bowden at Florida State and was a first-team All-American in 1990.

So the Seminoles can now enjoy the trip to Shreveport, La., to play Southern Miss next week without any further discussion about Delaware State.

However, the NCAA also has an option to extend a waiver to FSU due to the eligibility issue/or extenuating circumstances - if any action is to be taken at all.

"It's a matter between the NCAA, Florida State and Delaware State".

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