Florida State released a statement Friday night confirming its football program is bowl eligible despite a report from a Reddit user that alleged otherwise. However, a report from Reddit detailed how Florida State's 77-6 win over FCS opponent Delaware State on November 18 shouldn't be counted for 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. 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.
And it turns out that Reddit report was correct, but it is too late to replace Florida State with a bowl-eligible team that was left out of bowl season.
"This monumental error should have been caught at three levels: the school, conference and NCAA", a bowl industry source told college football insider Brett McMurphy.
So the Seminoles can now enjoy the trip to Shreveport, La., to play Southern Miss next week without any further discussion about Delaware State. Bakonydraco received scholarship data from Delaware State and found 87 percent of the scholarship limit was used over two years. "If it was amusing, it would be a comedy of errors". But despite all of this, the team managed to win six games, which kept their record-setting consecutive bowl streak alive.
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At this point, there's no turning back from Florida State playing in a bowl.
Dodd also noted that the FBA has no jurisdiction on this matter. Since that did not happen with Delaware State, Florida State's countable record is actually 5-6 on the year.
Neither McMurphy or Safid Deen of the Orlando Sentinel was able to get comment from the ACC or the NCAA. "We're continuing preparations for our game", Stefan Nolet, media relations director for the Independence Bowl, told the Sentinel.
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.