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Tuesday, September 23, 2003
QB pulled SUV into "outpatients only" spot

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State quarterback Chris Rix was issued a second parking ticket in as many days Tuesday -- this time for pulling his SUV into an "outpatients only" spot next to the Regional Rehabilitation Center at the university's geriatric clinic.

Exasperated administration officials acknowledged Tuesday's offense, which was first reported by a disbelieving professor who took several photos of the ticketed vehicle.

Rix could not immediately be reached for comment.

Rix apologized Monday for parking in an unauthorized handicap parking tag on campus, and paid a $100 fine after fellow students told police.

"He needs to be an example to students and ballplayers and a proud representative of this university's reputation," said Lee Hinkle, vice president for university relations. "Actions such as those he took last week don't do that."

Rix said coach Bobby Bowden has been making him run extra each morning this week as punishment.

Last week, Rix used an unauthorized handicap parking tag to park on campus. After practice Monday, he said the handicap tag belongs to a family friend that he helps get medicine occasionally. He said he drove her to the hospital Thursday morning, then parked in the handicap spot because he was running late for class.

University President T.K. Wetherell met with Rix just before the start of classes to emphasize the importance of his off-field behavior.

Hinkle said Monday the school wants to treat its athletes the same as any other student. "We are trying as best we can to do the right thing by these kids," she said.

Rix has led Florida State to a 4-0 record and a No. 6 ranking. He passed for a career-high 394 yards in Saturday's 47-7 win over Colorado.