Delaware State's average over the two-year period checked in at 87.008 percent.
While the Seminoles will take on Southern Miss next Wednesday, Dec. 27, in Shreveport, they aren't really supposed to. OR head coach Willie Taggart was hired to replace Fisher, but interim head coach Odell Haggins will lead the Seminoles in the bowl game.
A former Florida State athletics director said the responsibility is shared between schools to ensure opponents meet the requirements needed for an FCS opponent to count toward an FBS team's bowl eligibility.
Delaware State is an FCS school, and NCAA rules state that an FBS team's win over an FCS school can only count towards their bowl eligibility if that FCS school has "awarded at least 90% of the FCS scholarship limit".
Officials from Florida State, the ACC and NCAA did not respond for comment, McMurphy said. Bakonydraco also notes that it's possible Florida State could receive a waiver from the NCAA for the win to count. When this game was scheduled earlier this year, the Hornets may have been at that 90 percent mark (or 56.7 scholarships for non-math majors) and they may have been at the start of the season before suspensions, dismissals or transfers that happened over the course of a year.
Scrambling to finish 6-6 allowed the Seminoles reach bowl eligibility and extend their record streak of consecutive years with a bowl appearance to 36. The Seminoles rescheduled the game, which had been postponed indefinitely due to Hurricane Irma, to give the players a chance to play their way into the postseason and continue the streak.
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But it's that 77-6 win against Delaware State that has been called into question, according to a report from Reddit College Football.
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.
This means that they were not in compliance with Exception 220.127.116.11.1 in the NCAA Division I Manual.
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After beating Delaware State, Florida and ULM consecutively, the Noles received a bid to the Independence Bowl at 6-6.