Another Blow for Florida State
FSU football is down bad right now. Since completing an undefeated regular season capped off with an ACC Championship, little has gone right in Tallahassee. The CFP Selection Committee left the undefeated Seminoles out for a 1-loss Alabama. Georgia delivered the largest beat down in bowl history. and now Alabama is circling Mike Norvell to replace Nick Saban. Thursday there was another blow for Florida State. FSU is the first school to receive sanctions from the NCAA for violating rules around Name, Image and Likeness. The NCAA released the findings of their investigation on Thursday afternoon leading to multiple penalties for the Noles. It’s another blow for Florida State who will see a two-year probation period and disassociation with it’s NIL collective for one season. Additionally, one assistant coach received a 3-game ban, the loss of five scholarships over 2 years, and multiple recruiting restrictions.
In the NCAA report, none of the names of the assistants, boosters involved, or players were named. However, the AP reported that the assistant coach Alex Atkins is the assistant. They say that he drove a player in the transfer portal (rumored to be Amarius Mims) to a boosters’ house who offered Mims $15,000 per month to come to FSU. That booster involved must also disassociate with the University for 3 years. The report also stated that Mike Norvell had no knowledge of the interactions.
This is just another blow for Florida State in the last 6 weeks. And with Mike Norvell rumored to be on the short list of coaches to succeed Nick Saban at Alabama, it could get worse. However, if Mike Norvell stiff arms the Tide and stays in the Florida “T-Town” the Noles have to feel like Mike will never leave them. There might be more good news on the horizon for the Seminoles. There are reports that the ACC Grant of Rights deal might not be as iron clad as once thought. If FSU can get out of that without having to pay the $150 million buy out, then maybe this 6-weeks stretch was a speed bump on your way to much better days.