Eligibility Issue

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Posted Aug 24, 2004


Speedster Kenny O'Neal's future at Florida State could be on hold following a report Tuesday night that the NCAA Clearinghouse is reviewing his case. O'Neal did not participate in the Seminoles' practice Tuesday and will not be involved in practices until the NCAA initial eligibility matter is cleared. Click here for an O'Neal update.

Kenny O'Neal had hoped to make a splash at Florida State this season.

The freshman speedster from California had planned to play football and run track for the Seminoles.

It appears O'Neal's future in Tallahassee could be on hold.

According to The Tallahassee Democrat website, the NCAA Clearinghouse is reviewing O'Neal's case. O'Neal did not participate in Tuesday's practice and will not be involved in practices until the NCAA initial eligibility matter is cleared.

FSU coach Bobby Bowden said if the appeal is not settled in O'Neal's favor, he would plan on enrolling at FSU in January after sitting out the fall.

O'Neal caught 35 passes for 850 yards and 24 touchdowns, including four on returns, as a senior at Oakland (Ca.) Skyline. He is the son of Kenny O'Neal, Sr., a former tight end for the New Orleans Saints.

O'Neal made a favorable impression with the Seminoles, though he struggled early with his pass catching. But there's no denying his athleticism and speed.

O'Neal participated in the USA National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships earlier this summer, finishing second in 100-meter sprint at 10.49 time despite hamstring tightness.

At the California Interscholastic Federation state meet, O'Neal clocked a 10.34.


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