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FSU prepares appeal for NCAA medical hardship case for Polite

For more than a year there has been talk of appealing to the NCAA for a medical hardship for Michael Polite. The FSU forward missed all but six games of the 1988-89 season after it was discovered that he had Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a nerve disorder. Although his 76 minutes accounted for just 6 percent of the possible total, his game appearances exceeded the 20 percent allowed by the NCAA.

FSU officials are putting together a package that includes tapes with the intent of showing that Polite was affected by the syndrome before it was diagnosed.

If FSU is successful in its appeal, Polite will be granted another year of eligibility. He is a junior, and the team's leading rebounder (9.5 rpg).

More basketball: When FSU scored 92 points against Miami, it was the first time the Seminoles broke 90 points in nine games. And for the first time in six games, an FSU opponent shot under 50 percent. Florida State has been to the free-throw line 84 times in the last two games.

Recruiting: The nation's No. 1 wide receiver prospect has put on hold a final decision as to what college to attend. Andre Hastings is now saying he'll go public with his decision today. FSU, Notre Dame and Georgia are the possibilities.

Hastings spent this past weekend away from recruiters, sort of. It seems Chris Weinke was honored, as was Hastings, at a sports banquet in Columbus, Ohio. And as a future FSU quarterback, the All-American Weinke has more than a casual interest in where Hastings goes.

Marvin Jones, a Parade All-American signed by FSU, is referred to as "Manster" by his high school coach. "Half man, half monster," is how Willie Goldsmith describes the 6-foot-2, 220-pound outside linebacker.

Football: Bobby Bowden has yet to name his new offensive coordinator, but the list of candidates narrowed when receiver coach John Eason was given the additional duty of assistant to the athletic director/academics/student affairs. Eason, who has coached six NFL wide receivers as well as the "Fab Four" in his eight years at FSU, will retain his coaching duties.

Recruiting coordinator Brad Scott is regarded as the favorite to fill Wayne McDuffie's offensive coordinator spot. The announcement could come as early as Wednesday.

Bowden will also hire a full-time quarterback coach, something he has not had since the 1984 season when Art Baker held the title.

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