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FSU’s Jimbo Fisher says Dalvin Cook’s case must be resolved

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The chances of Texas State pulling an upset against FSU may well rest in the parking lot outside of a Tallahassee bar.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said Tuesday that the indefinite suspension of star running back Dalvin Cook would continue until there is a resolution to the misdemeanor battery charge he faces. Until then, Fisher said, Cook will not be allowed to practice or to work out with the team.

“It’s just like an injury,” Fisher told the Orlando Sentinel “It’d be no different if [Cook] blew a knee. We plan as if he’s not there.”

Cook’s attorney, Ricky Patel of Miami, has said before that his client will not accept a plea deal. He said that Cook didn’t hit anyone, and that the charges must be dropped or he must be found not guilty.

For Cook, the pressure is that his arraignment date is not until Sept. 2. The Seminoles’ first game is on Sept. 5 against Texas State. That means unless a deal is struck despite what Patel said, then Cook is doubtful to play in the opener.

Last year, Cook rushed for 1,008 yards. With a new quarterback, the Seminoles’ offense would seem to center around him.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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