Seminoles dismiss CB Greg Reid
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Greg Reid's actions left coach Jimbo Fisher no choice but to dismiss one of his star players, writes Heather Dinich. Blog
Reid, a three-year starter for the Seminoles and one of the team's top special teams players, has had several off-field incidents during his career. Most recently, he was arrested in mid-July and charged with driving with a suspended license, a seatbelt violation and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to the Lowndes County (Ga.) Sheriff's office. Last month, Reid told police he had no knowledge of the marijuana found in his car.
Reid was also arrested last fall on perjury charges that were dropped, and he was suspended last year for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Last season, Reid played in 11 games and started nine. He made 32 tackles and had two interceptions, along with 563 return yards. He moved into second place in school history with 89 career returns and 1,117 return yards. He was named one of three most valuable players on special teams last year at Florida State's annual banquet.
The dismissal comes as something of a surprise given Reid's role and tenure, but coach Jimbo Fisher and veteran players have made it clear that hopes for a conference championship this season will not be derailed by off-field distractions.
That didn't stop one member of the Seminoles from weighing in on Facebook to convey his concern.
"(Reid is a) HUGEEEE PIECE THAT WOULD BE MISSED!" defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel wrote. "(He's) like another brother to me but these last couple weeks what I have seen. He is a changed man n I promise ya that. Seen it with my own eyes."
Ironically, that's the same message Reid offered this spring.
"I am motivated," Reid said at the conclusion of spring practice. "It is my last time around here at Florida State and I think it is a little bit emotional, you know, it is hard to take days off and that is what I have on my shoulders. I wish it wasn't so late, you know, waiting on my senior year to do this, but it is my senior year and I am ready for whatever."
Information from David M. Hale and Corey Dowlar of NoleNation was used in this report.