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Two ACC stars won't be back

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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 5, 2001

Two of Florida State's conference rivals are suddenly weaker.

All-ACC junior cornerback Alex Ardley, who said he might leave early to enter the NFL draft, has been dismissed for violating team rules, Clemson said. Ardley had a team-high six interceptions.

And, declaring himself physically and mentally ready for a new challenge, N.C. State sophomore wide receiver Koren Robinson said he would enter the NFL draft.

Robinson caught 62 passes for 1,061 yards this season, and his 15 100-yard receiving games set a Wolfpack record. In the Bowl he had 157 receiving yards and 151 yards on kickoff returns.

GATOR HIRE: Ricky Hunley has been named defensive line coach at the University of Florida. Hunley, 39, coached the defensive line at Missouri from 1994-96 and was associate head coach and linebackers coach for the Tigers from 1997 through the 2000 season. He worked with Gators defensive coordinator Jon Hoke on the Missouri staff. He played seven seasons in the NFL with Denver, Phoenix and the Los Angeles Raiders.

IBIS MAY BE PUNISHED: The 15-yard penalty the Miami mascot drew during the Sugar Bowl win over Florida on Tuesday might not be the only punishment Sebastian the Ibis gets. Connie Nickle, the assistant athletic director in charge of mascots at Miami, said she is considering whether to suspend the cheerleader from the squad or mete out some other punishment. "He just did something dumb. I need to chat with the young man," she said.

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