Southern Miss unconcerned with Florida State's eligibility questions, players sitting out

The rules of bowl eligibility in college football are relatively straightforward, but sometimes six wins do not count as six wins.

The report states an FCS school must field a team with at least 90 percent of players on scholarship in order for a victory over it to count toward bowl eligibility.

Quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders, who was introduced as East Tennessee State's new football coach Sunday, will remain with the team and call offensive plays during the bowl game, while defensive coordinator Charles Kelly is also in tow after interviewing for the same job with Colorado State last week. Schools are allowed to count one FCS win towards its six-win minimum for bowl eligibility, but that FCS school reportedly must have a 90 percent scholarship threshold. OR head coach Willie Taggart was hired to replace Fisher, but interim head coach Odell Haggins will lead the Seminoles in the bowl game.

College football insider Brett McMurphy then confirmed what the Reddit user found first - that the Seminoles 77-6 win over FCS opponent Delaware State should not have counted toward the Noles' bowl eligibility. We've got to be prepared.

Unfortunately for the teams that weren't invited, the discovery was made a bit too late to make any changes, and FSU will still play in the Independence Bowl.

"Sometimes you have to do what's best for you", Eberle said of the player and coaching turnover the Seminoles are enduring. "We're going to finish strong".


Honestly, this has nothing to do with anything that Florida State did wrong. Taggart, known at previous stops as an excellent recruiter, has landed two five-star prospects since the early signing period opened Wednesday.

FSU wide receiver Nyqwan Murray discusses Willie Taggart's hiring and how the Seminoles are preparing the Independence Bowl against Southern Miss on December 27, while speaking to media on Tuesday.

Taggart had put together a top-five recruiting class (that has since dipped considerably) at OR before taking the Florida State job.

"I just wanted to make sure I get the right guys", Taggart said.

Florida State should cruise to victory and head into the most hard three-game run of any team in college basketball high on confidence.


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