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March 10, 2009

Reid, Demps still going to be Seminoles

FSU probation will have little direct effect on incoming freshmen

VALDOSTA — Despite Florida State’s recent punishment from the NCAA, both Greg Reid and Gerald Demps are still looking forward to joining the Seminoles in the fall.

Reid and Demps, who were All-State football selections last season for the Vikings, said they will both still be Seminoles.

“Yes, I’m still going to Florida State,” Reid said.

“I’m very excited about going to Florida State and playing football,” Demps said.

On Friday, the NCAA placed several Florida State athletic programs, including the football team, on probation for the next four years after it was determined that 61 FSU student-athletes cheated on an online test in a music class between the fall of 2006 and the summer of 2007, or received improper help from staffers, who provided them with answers to the exam and/or typed papers for them.

The NCAA also took away two football scholarships next year and one more the following season, and forced the school to vacate all of the wins in contests in which athletes involved in the cheating participated. That could involve up to 14 football victories from past seasons. The university has said it will appeal the decision.

The NCAA sanctions will have almost no effect on the teams that Reid and Demps will be playing for, other than the loss of the scholarships.

The Seminoles will still be eligible to play in any bowl games — including the BCS National Championship game, if they qualify for it — and the conference championship game.

The NCAA does have guidelines that allow a college player to transfer if his program is placed on probation, pending NCAA approval. However, both Reid and Demps said they still want to be Seminoles.

Demps was one of Florida State’s first verbal commitments for the 2009 signing class, making his decision on April 9, 2008. Reid, on the other hand, committed to the Seminoles the night before Signing Day, after decommitting from Florida.

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