Florida State’s probation causes concern among football prospects

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Storm Johnson is one of Georgia's top 2010 tailbacks (Rich Addicks/AJC)

Storm Johnson is one of Georgia's top 2010 tailbacks (Rich Addicks/AJC)

The P-word is scaring some of Florida State’s top recruiting targets. “FSU is not as high as they were with me because of probation,” said Newnan safety Alec Ogletree, who is considered Georgia’s No. 1 prospect with 33 early offers. “Florida State was my childhood favorite. I’m still open to them. I’m just not sure about getting involved with any program on probation. We’ll just see how it all plays out.”

Gainesville’s Blake Sims has been offered by FSU as a dual-threat quarterback. “That hurt me a lot when they got on probation because I was so high on them. My feelings have jumped back a little bit. I want to go to a school where I can trust everybody on the coaching staff. If I go to a school that has been put on probation, I don’t feel like I’d be able to trust them.”

According to the AP, Florida State’s athletic program received four years probation from the NCAA and will lose scholarships in football and may have to forfeit games because of a widespread academic cheating scandal involving 10 sports.

“Florida State dropped down a lot with me because they got in all that trouble,” said Loganville tailback Storm Johnson, who has 10 offers. “They have a great program, but I don’t think I want to be any part of that.”

Alec Ogletree says FSU was childhood favorite

Alec Ogletree says FSU was childhood favorite

Lowndes offensive tackle Ed Christian is one of two juniors that have committed to Florida State. He said he intends to remain loyal to the Seminoles, at least for now. “I guess if you do bad things, then you deserve the punishment. I’m not worried about probation, though. It doesn’t affect me. Other schools have been talking to me, but FSU is the school where I want to be at, no matter what.”

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120 comments Add your comment

Huh?

March 11th, 2009
3:30 pm

Just because you have been owned by Wake Forest for 3 years in a row does not mean that your schedule is more difficult. It means that your team is a total joke. Anyway, congrats on having the courage to schedule Maine. I hear them boys can bring the wood.

FSU fans are a riot.

Realist

March 11th, 2009
3:12 pm

HUH?- Are you serious? You guys had a losing record in ‘93 and ‘96 with some 6-4 seasons between. FSU hasn’t had a losing record since ‘76. We have also played for two National Championships in the last decade, winning one in ‘99. How many have you guys played in? Zero. Every single team goes through a rebuilding phase UF did it when Zook was there. USC did it before Carroll. Penn St. has done it. OSU before Tressell.

You can talk about the SEC all you want…you haven’t been able to win it, unless you count the down year in 2003. FSU played UGA in the Sugar Bowl that year without a QB and the game was very close (UGA scoring late)!!!

There is a very good chance that FSU will have a better record than UGA this year despite FSU playing a tougher schedule.

SuperDAWG

March 11th, 2009
3:00 pm

if fsu is such a big draw for national coverage then the nation has seen fsu get hammered by UGA. AS FOR REALIST GA OWNS gt UGA 58 WINS gt 34 5 ties.get real.

Realist

March 11th, 2009
2:53 pm

Superdawg…man you are going back in time. UGA does hold the win edge, but most of those games were played pre-1965. The majority of UGA’s wins came in the 1950’s (when FSU just started it’s modern program)…actually FSU has a better record since 1960 (4 wins, 1 tie, 1 loss). The loss should also point out that our best WR (Anquan Boldin) was playing QB in that game, because our 3rd string QB (Fabian Walker) who started…had severe shoulder problems. It was still a close game even with all that. Fabian actually went on to play at VSU later.

Huh?

March 11th, 2009
2:50 pm

I don’t give a crap about the last 25 years. I give a crap about right now. Right now FSU is nothing more than a medicore ACC team patheticly desperate to return to elite status. You clowns barely scrap by 8 and 9 win seasons in the ACC and come on here acting like your some powerhouse. Talk about a sense of entitlement. I don’t have to defend UGA’s record under Mark Richt to you. It speaks for itself and craps all over FSU’s laughable record in the same time span. Boy, you guys sure do miss him don’t you? Go shine your Champ Sports Bowl trophy. Maybe that will make you feel better.

SuperDAWG

March 11th, 2009
2:35 pm

to all of you fs fans when you beat ga again it will be something to celebrate.check your records.GA 6 wins fs 4 1 tie.mark richt is a class guy and would not bring himself down to your level on this subject.all GA wins are in bowl games.bobby bowden is a class guy to and should hang it up before he is brought down in the decline of fsu.

Realist

March 11th, 2009
2:26 pm

HUH? UGA is the Clemson of the SEC. You guys have some false sense of entitlement when you have been largely an irrelevant team for the last 25 years. How many conference championships and NC’s do you have in the last 25 years? I don’t even know your record against UF the past 15 years, but I know it isn’t very pretty.

Last year was your year, pre-season #1. You had your dream team and I think you finished with a similar record to a rebuilding FSU. You can claim the SEC is tougher than the ACC thing if you like…even though the ACC had a winning record against the SEC last year. You can also claim UF won the NC out of the SEC. UF played both FSU and UGA….and they beat you worse than they beat us.

Whatever makes you feel better…just remember your coach came from FSU and Bowden is still his biggest mentor. Before Richt…you guys weren’t even as good as Georgia Tech.

Realist

March 11th, 2009
2:16 pm

GO UGA- I ‘m sure Greg Reid does wish he chose UGA…if he can’t read. Assuming the kid can read, then he is probably smart enough to realize that the majority of this is negative recruiting propaganda. This is pure unfounded gossip. It doesn’t really affect him at all.

OU and BAMA are both on a similar probation and I believe they were #1 and #3 going into the BOWL GAMES…yes, they got to play in BOWL GAMES!

Realist

March 11th, 2009
2:07 pm

This article is a joke, but it isn’t as bad as some of the ignorant posts on this board. Go to the NCAA website and read the findings.

The facts-
-NO COACHES WERE INVOLVED!!! This was the academic support staff which doesn’t report to anyone in the Athletics department. The NCAA states that there is no evidence to the contrary to believe that anyone in the athletics department knew of the wrongdoing. The Music (XY) class in question had more than just athletes involved. There were regular students as well (every frat/sort had the answers too). Everyone has to retake the class. The NCAA doesn’t govern over regular students though.
-FSU will lose 2 football scholarships annually…which really only affects the walk-ons. FSU usually awards 2-4 walk-ons a scholly anually.
-FSU will still be on TV and able to participate in bowl games. Much like OU is able to do the same.
-The potential vacation of games is retro-active, meaning games that have already been played. They aren’t losses either, it is just like they don’t exist. (FSU is appealing this and has good basis to have it over-turned).

There is 11 months left until NSD. This should have a minimal effect on recruiting. How bad are these rival coaches going to look when they are proven to be lying to recruits? If you lie to them about this, then what else have you lied about?

CS

March 11th, 2009
1:47 pm

The funny thing about this is that probation means nothing. Alabama and Oklahoma are still on probation. Hasn’t affected them has it.