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Parker dismissed from Florida State

Florida State's 2007 Offensive team MVP Preston Parker no longer finds himself on the team. That was the conclusion head coach Bobby Bowden came to today after Parker's third arrest since 2006. Parker missed the first two games of the 2008 season after an April arrest in Palm Beach County on weapons and drug charges. One former Seminole says he hopes one day Parker can see the bigger picture.

In an interview Monday night, Peter Boulware said, "It's sad because, these athletes have incredible opportunities to do great things. They get an opportunity to get an education, a free education. Obviously you have to play football for it. It's such a great opportunity. I wish our athletes would have long term vision." Boulware reflected on his time playing for FSU and said there are many negative pressures during college, but also said players need to look beyond that.

"I think by setting an example and saying you know what, 'this is the level, this is the example we want to be done'--the other players start seeing that if they play around, if they fool around--no one is excluded--and you'll be in trouble if you get out of line." said Boulware.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Preston Parker's troubled football
career at Florida State is over.
Coach Bobby Bowden says the junior receiver has been dismissed
from after a third run-in with the law.
The 21-year-old Parker was arrested and charged with driving
under the influence last weekend after Tallahassee police found him
asleep in his running car early Saturday.
The police report says Parker admitted he had been drinking and
smoking marijuana. It was the third time Parker has been arrested
since 2006.
Parker was suspended for the first two games of the 2008 season
after being arrested last April in Palm Beach County on weapons and
drug charges, a felony that was later reduced.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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