FSU refuses to release Warren from scholarship


Published: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has refused to release tight end Brandon Warren from his scholarship, but the player's mother says he will appeal for a hardship waiver.

If he loses the appeal, Warren, will have to sit out a year or pay his own way if he transfers to another school, possibly Tennessee near his hometown of Alcoa, Tenn. Warren had 28 receptions for 301 yards as a freshman last season.

Florida State issued a brief statement Tuesday announcing Bowden's decision and saying school officials were unable to comment on specifics due to student privacy rights.

"I'm very disappointed in Florida State right now," his mother, Deidre Warren, told the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper. "I guess I thought better of coach Bowden."

She declined to say why her son left Florida State on Feb. 9 or why he requested the scholarship release.

Booster money will increase FSU assistants' salaries

Money raised by Florida State's booster organization will be used to nearly double the pay of one new assistant football coach and increase another's by 50 percent, according to copies of contracts released Wednesday.

Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, whose base salary from the university is $215,000, will get $210,000 from the Athletic Development Fund raised by the Seminole Boosters.

The extra money is compensation for additional duties not required to draw his base pay, including fundraising, speeches, radio and television shows and public relations contacts with alumni, supporters and civic and community groups, officials said.

Offensive line coach Rick Trickett is getting $200,000 from the university and $100,000 from the booster fund for similar added duties.

The contract copies were released in response to a public records request from The Associated Press. Other new assistants hired since last season are not receiving money from the boosters in addition to their base pay, Florida State spokesman Rob Wilson said.

Bowden hired Fisher, formerly offensive coordinator at Louisiana State, to replace his son, Jeff Bowden. The younger Bowden, who drew fan and media criticism for Florida State's anemic offense the past few years, announced his resignation two days after the Seminoles lost at home 30-0 to Wake Forest.

Florida State's boosters also are paying $537,000 to the younger Bowden as part of his resignation deal.

Trickett formerly was offensive line coach at West Virginia. He replaced Mark McHale, whose contract was not renewed.

Other new staff members are linebackers coach Chuck Amato, formerly head coach at North Carolina State; running backs coach Dexter Carter, a former Florida State and NFL player, and receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey, another former Florida State and NFL player who previously held the same position at South Florida.

Glanville to coach Portland State

Jerry Glanville is ready to run another football team. This time, the former NFL coach is set to take over at Portland State.

Glanville, who led the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons, will be introduced by the Division I-AA school at a news conference Wednesday night. He had been Hawaii's defensive coordinator for two years.

"He brings spark. He brings with him some star power. That's pretty obvious," Portland State assistant athletic director Mike Lund told The Associated Press. "I'm not saying that's why he exclusively got the job. Obviously he can coach, too. But in our situation that was pretty valuable."

The 65-year-old Glanville replaces longtime coach Tim Walsh, who became the offensive coordinator at Army.

Walsh went 90-68 at Portland State, including 7-4 last season. He led the Vikings to three straight playoff appearances at the Division II level before they moved up to Division I-AA and the Big Sky Conference in 1996.

At Hawaii, Glanville helped install a hard-hitting, aggressive defense on a team known for its offensive prowess.

Before Hawaii, Glanville was a TV commentator and had a long career in the NFL. He was known as much for his personality as his coaching. Outspoken and often dressed in black, he playfully left tickets at stadium will-call windows for Elvis Presley — his way of paying homage to the King.

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