Florida State Senior Defensive End Kevin McNeil made the needed grade in summer school and will be on the field for the 'Noles this fall. He is slated to start for FSU.
The Seminole nation breathes a collective sigh of relief tonight. We have been informed that after a week of suspense over Florida State Defensive End Kevin McNeil's eligibility, his facebook status now reads:
Kevin Mcneil 95 is back fb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is pretty surprising news. McNeil needed to make good grades in his summer classes to remain eligible for the Fall season. He was thought to be a grades risk after electing to give up a full year of eligibility (making him a junior last year instead of a sophomore), rather than serving a three game suspension for his involvement in the much publicised academic cheating scandal. Many believe the reason for the choice was the unlikelihood that McNeil could stay eligible for three years, and thus he chose the option to play as much as he could while he was likely to stay eligible. We speculated that his past decision didn't bode well for his chances to clear those academic hurdles, but it appears that McNeil has pulled it out.
This is absolutely huge news for the 'Noles as McNeil was slated to be a starter at a position of huge need and little depth.