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Former FSU CB Greg Reid accepted at Valdosta State

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer
Greg Reid was accepted to Valdosta State on Monday (Twitter.com/GregReid5)

Former Florida State cornerback Greg Reid - dismissed earlier this month for a violation of team rules - has been accepted at Valdosta State University, according to the school.

A VSU official told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that Reid has been officially accepted at the school, but has not formally enrolled. He must complete the enrollment process before participating in athletics at the school.

The school is located in Reid's hometown of Valdosta, Ga. - in the same county where the all-conference cornerback was arrested for driving with a suspended license and marijuana possession in July. Reid was suspended for one game in 2011, and it has been speculated that the dismissal was a combination of several team rules violations.

According to Florida State's drug policy, any student-athlete is dismissed after three offenses. Jimbo Fisher opened up about the decision to dismiss the senior cornerback last week.

"It was just a situation where rules are rules and what we have to go by," Fisher said in a press conference on Aug. 6. "I want him to be here as bad as anybody but that's part of this. Sometimes as a head coach, there are a lot of good things but there are some tough things.

"It was our rules, what we go by and it had to be done. I still think the world of him. I love him and will help him any way we can."

Reid was selected to the Preseason All-ACC team by the media at the ACC Kickoff, and was included on the CBSSports.com Preseason All-ACC as well. Reid ends his Florida State career with 120 tackles, seven interceptions, and was just 313 yards shy of breaking Deion Sanders' school record for punt return yardage.

The Valdosta State Blazers have started preseason camp, but Reid will be allowed to join the Division II program once he has enrolled in the school. On Monday, Greg Reid took his Twitter account (@GregReid5) to thank fans and show some pride for his new school. He included the following message with the picture seen to the right.

"VSU Blazers!" he tweeted. "Turn up always love my NOLES tho."

Reid leaves two major gaps for the Seminoles in the coming weeks. Sophomore Nick Waisome is currently projected to fill in as the new starter at Reid's corner back position, but it could open up opportunities for true freshman Ronald Darby and redshirt freshman Keelin Smith. Darby, along with sophomore Rashad Greene, have been mentioned as possible replacements at punt returner.

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