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FSU reports its minor violation

Published February 3, 2004

Florida State compliance coordinator Brian Battle confirmed Monday the school will report itself on a secondary violation of recruiting rules to the NCAA.

"We showed the highlight tape of a prospective student-athlete," he said.

FSU officials recently received an e-mail that addressed highlight films. The NCAA said that would not be a violation, but Battle then found such films had to be of the school, not the player.

"It only happened on the first weekend of recruiting, we caught it and I said, "We can't do it anymore.' " He doesn't expect any problems for the prospect, Miami Killian defensive back J.R. Bryant, should he sign with FSU.

USF's Selmon Jr. gets sixth year

As expected, the NCAA granted South Florida defensive tackle Lee Roy Selmon Jr. a medical waiver for a sixth season of eligibility in 2004. He missed 2001 and '02 with separate knee injuries and had a medical hardship both years. Selmon (5 feet 11, 285 pounds), from Sickles High, was a part-time starter at USF in 1999 and 2000. Last season he led USF defensive linemen with 58 tackles.

COLORADO: The president agreed to form an independent commission to look into allegations the school uses sex to recruit players. Elizabeth Hoffman said she hopes to convene the commission in two or three weeks.

NORTHWESTERN: A judge ordered the school to stand alone at trial in Cook County, Ill., for the 2001 death of player Rashidi Wheeler, eliminating the supplement industry as defendants.

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