Some big news has come out of Tallahassee the past two days. Unfortunately it’s not the good news that is controlling the headlines. The USA Today preseason poll has come out and Florida State is ranked 7th, but that is being overshadowed by the dismissal of cornerback Greg Reid. The school announced that the dismissal was due to a violation of team rules; it certainly didn’t help matters that Reid has had a number of run-ins with the law.
Reid was supposed to be entering his senior season with the Seminoles as a starter on one of the nation’s most vaunted defense. Those plans have changed. Reid is now gone and so are his playmaking skills on both defense and special teams. Last year Reid started nine games (played 11 total) and he had two interceptions to go with 32 tackles.
He was a weapon for the Seminoles on special teams. Last season he totaled 563 return yards and he has 1,117 return yards for his career. There is no doubt that Reid is a talent but his off-the-field issues have derailed a once promising career.
Last season he was suspended by head coach Jimbo Fisher for a violation of team rules. He was also arrested for a perjury charge that was eventually dropped. Then in July Reid was arrested for driving with a suspended license as well as a misdemeanor charge for marijuana possession.
Reid was ready for his senior season. He had planned on finishing his career with Florida State and playing his final game in Doak-Campbell Stadium on senior day, but it now appears that his last game in garnet and gold has already been played. This is not the kind of distraction that Jimbo Fisher and Florida State want to deal with a month before a season in which they are favored to win the ACC, but now all they can do is look forward to a future without Reid.