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Friday, November 14, 2008
FSU suspends five receivers

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Florida State has suspended five of its receivers, but the Seminoles will still win their game against Boston College with their defense, running game and home field advantage. Greg Carr and Preston Parker will make enough plays to compensate for the loss of Taiwan Easterling, Bert Reed and Corey Surrency.

That's not the issue, though.

The issue is discipline, and Florida State's receivers, who can't seem to stay out of trouble. It's the third suspension in a month for Reed, and the second for Surrency. Aside from Reed missing classes and violating the university's attendance policy, the reasons for his and Surrency's prior suspensions have not been released.

Regardless of whether they were minor infractions like missing study hall or a team meeting, they clearly didn't get the message. And regardless of the extent of their involvement in this fight, the fact that they put themselves in this position in itself isn't smart.

Who's responsible for the discipline? Is it Jimbo Fisher? Is it Bobby Bowden? The players obviously have to take some of the responsibility, but so does the head coach. Both of them.