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.