WR Shaw cleared to play vs. N.C. State

By BRIAN LANDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Published September 30, 2007

JACKSONVILLE - Florida State receiver Joslin Shaw, one of 23 student-athletes caught up in an academic misconduct scandal, has been cleared to play beginning next week against North Carolina State, the school announced Saturday.

Shaw, a fifth-year senior from Plant City, has practiced but has been held out of competition while FSU asked the NCAA to reinstate him.

"The NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff and membership committee are sensitive to the nuances of each situation and will consider each individual student-athlete's level of responsibility before deciding each reinstatement decision," Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president for membership services, said in a statement released late Friday. "The NCAA will consider each student-athlete's case based on the information provided to us by the institution."

Lennon also commended FSU president T.K. Wetherell "for initiating an investigation into this matter and taking strong action to address this situation." FSU spent six months interviewing 129 student-athletes and 14 university employees and sent a preliminary report to the NCAA last week.

Sophomore defensive end Kevin McNeil, whose involvement in the scandal apparently was worse, still awaits word. The other student-athletes involved aren't in season.

HAYES PLAYS: Junior linebacker Geno Hayes, arrested after a Sept. 21 altercation with Tallahassee police in which a Taser was used to restrain him and is facing three misdemeanors, was held out for the first quarter. He needed just three plays to make an impact, blitzing to stop tailback Terry Grant for a 3-yard loss, and finished with seven tackles.

"It's something I deserved," he said of having to watch at the beginning. "I had to go out and show people that everybody makes mistakes and it's just how you move on. It's how you face adversity, and I faced it like a man."

RAZZLE BUT NO DAZZLE: FSU looked to add a different dimension to its offense by putting in redshirt freshman quarterback D'Vontrey Richardsonon FSU's fourth play, a first-and-10 from the Alabama 35. He lined up in the shotgun, handled a poor snap and tried to take off running. He lost 1 yard. Later in the half, receiver Preston Parker lined up in the gun and ran for 1 yard and a first down.

INJURY NEWS: Starting sophomore fullback Marcus Sims fractured his right ankle when tailback Antone Smithhit him from behind midway through the first quarter. Starting senior right tackle David Overmyer limped off the field early in the second quarter when quarterback Xavier Lee hit his left knee from behind. Overmyer didn't return and said he sprained his MCL.

ACC BUSINESS: The league's athletic directors gather Tuesday and Wednesday in Maryland and will hold preliminary discussions about the bids from Tampa, Charlotte and Jacksonville for the 2008-10 ACC championship games.