"This is a matter between the NCAA, Florida State and Delaware State".
The Seminoles and the Golden Eagles will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Shreveport, La.
Florida State secured a bowl bid for a 36th consecutive season - what the school boasts as an ongoing national record - thanks to three straight wins to close out its schedule, concluding with a rescheduled game against Louisiana-Monroe on December 2.
With that number being at 87 percent, Delaware State cannot be counted by a FBS school (FSU football) for the sake of bowl eligibility - meaning the Seminoles are 6-6 on the field, but 5-6 when it comes to counting toward bowl games.
The report found Delaware State's average of scholarship grants-in-aid per year in football during a rolling two-year period was 54.815, or equivalent to 87 percent, short of the 90 percent threshold.
ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported that "basically nothing that can be done" at this point, and that because none of the three other teams reported the scholarship issue to the NCAA, FSU will play Southern Mississippi next week.
Quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders, who was introduced as East Tennessee State's new football coach Sunday, will remain with the team and call offensive plays during the bowl game, while defensive coordinator Charles Kelly is also in tow after interviewing for the same job with Colorado State last week.
Without the win, Florida States' record in games that went towards bowl eligibility would have dropped to 5-6.
The report focuses on Florida State's 77-6 win over FCS team Delaware State on November 18. As the number of bowls also grew, the NCAA allowed FBS teams to count a victory against an FCS team toward six-win bowl eligibility if that FCS team had used 90 percent of its allotted scholarship money. "We're continuing preparations for our game", Stefan Nolet, public and media relations director for the Independence Bowl, told the Orlando Sentinel.
It has been a rough year for Florida State.
Florida State: The Seminoles have won 27 straight at home, which is the third-longest current streak in Division I behind Cincinnati (32) and SMU (31).
While Florida State will still play in the Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi, it turns out that the team never should have been invited in the first place.