Dante Fowler Sr., father of Lakewood defensive lineman Dante Fowler Jr., talked to the Times about his son's indefinite suspension on Tuesday, saying his family met with coach Cory Moore and athletic director Deb Fabrizio during the team's bye week two weeks ago to discuss what his son needed to do to play again.
"Dante has met all the requirements that were laid out to him to come back," Fowler Sr. said. "He's kept up with his grades. He has apologized to the coaches. He's been very remorseful. Dante should already be playing. The only one that seems to be dragging their feet with this is the coach."
Fowler Jr., a five-star recruit who has already committed to FSU, played in the season opener against Seminole. But he missed the past two games for disciplinary reasons stemming from an argument with coaches after a film session following the Seminole game. Fowler Jr. has not been kicked off the team, but there is no timetable for his return according to coaches.
"Dante understands what he did was wrong," Fowler Sr. said. "He said some things to the coaches out of frustration that he shouldn't have said. I completely understood when the coaches decided to suspend him. I thought it would be a good life lesson. But I was told it was only going to be for one game. This is the kind of kid that doesn't get in trouble at school, has no referrals or detentions. He should already be playing."
Moore did not return a call seeking comment. Fabrizio said nothing has changed regarding Fowler Jr.'s status.
"There's really no news there," Fabrizio said.
Fowler Sr. said his son's scholarship with FSU still is in good standing despite the suspension. Fowler Sr. said his son also is working with a personal trainer to stay in shape in case he does come back with the team.
And Fowler Sr. said his intent is to resolve the matter this week.
"We're going to figure this out whether he's playing or not," Fowler Sr. said. "Either he is back on the team and is playing or he is done and we'll go our separate ways. If that's the case, Dante will keep working out and get ready for the Under Armour game."