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    Saturday, December 22, 2007

    Nole Light

    There is some good news and some bad news for the Noles today. The good news is that their travel expenses will be much less. The bad news is that a significant portion of the team will not be headed to Nashville. FSU released its official bowl travel roster today which indicates the number and magnitude of the current academic fraud case.

    FSU Associate Athletic Director Rob Wilson in a released statement discussed the travel roster list. "It is very important that the media make clear that those missing the bowl trip are not included because of either injury or for a violation of team policy. We cannot, due to student records laws, provide more specific information with respect to each student-athlete. It would be irresponsible to imply or state that any or all of the student-athletes will miss the trip for one particular reason."

    So who are some of the more prominent players that are not making the trip to the Music City Bowl? Cornerback Patrick Robinson,who has six interceptions, will not be headed to Nashville. Neither will interior defensive linemen Letroy Guion and Budd Thacker. Defensive tackle Paul Griffin, and defensive ends Neefy Moffett and Justin Mincey will also be staying home. The defensive front-seven will also be without starting strong side linebacker Dekoda Watson, his backup in Marcus Ball as well as reserve cornerback J.R. Bryant.

    The offensive line and tight end position will be without three starters - Jacky Claude, Daron Rose and tight end Charlie Graham as well as four other players who contributed. The Noles will also be without backup center Brandon Davis. John Frady has been playing that role as well as tight end in practices. Caz Piurowski is also unavailable. Quarterback Xavier Lee also won’t travel with the team as well as running back Russell Ball.

    All in all,thirty-four Florida State Seminoles players won't be going to the Music City Bowl against Kentucky because of either the academic cheating scandal, other violations of team rules or injuries.

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