For Immediate Release from FSU Sports Information and Seminoles.com:
NCAA Denies Corey Surrency Appeal
May 19, 2009
Tallahassee, Fla. -- The NCAA has notified Florida State University’s compliance office that the final appeal made by football player Corey Surrency of the decision regarding granting him another year of eligibility has been denied. The result of the ruling means that he has exhausted his college eligibility. "We are disappointed that Corey has lost his appeal, but I appreciate our administration going to bat for him," said head coach Bobby Bowden. "I hope that Corey can continue to play on the next level and we will do all we can to help him get that chance."
This is very sad but entirely expected. I hope some FSU alumni will step up and allow this man to finish his education. Surrency's situation was well documented, here and elsewhere and I feel like he made a bigger impact on FSU during his one year than some have made in their entire careers.
From a football standpoint, Surrency made a big impact on two fronts. First, defenses feared him over the top and consistent played with two deep safeties, and it was that defensive adjustment (having to also account for Greg Carr) that helped the youngest offensive line in college football blossom and become one of the better run blocking units in the country. Surrency was also the best college blocking wide receiver I have ever seen, and he will surely be missed there.