Joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, and not the Southeastern Conference, is one of the reasons Florida State has encountered trouble in its past two games against Auburn and LSU, FSU coach Bobby Bowden said Monday. After the Auburn game, coaches and players charged that FSU played dirty. At the end of Saturday's 42-3 FSU victory over LSU, there was a bench-clearing brawl.
"I think a lot of the problems we've had in the last two weeks is us not getting in the SEC," Bowden said at FSU's weekly football luncheon. "I really feel some resentment from the SEC. We haven't had this trouble with Auburn before, we haven't had this trouble with LSU before. It seems like we're on the SEC's hit list right now."
The Seminoles (5-2) will play the SEC's newest member, South Carolina (4-3), on Saturday.
Meanwhile, it is unlikely tailback Chris Parker will see much action in that game. The junior from Jacksonville, who has battled academic and attitude problems throughout his career, has been demoted to fourth string.
Parker saw his first action in a month on Saturday and promptly got whistled for a personal-foul penalty after his second carry. He was removed from the game.
"I'd put Felix Harris (third behind Amp Lee and Sean Jackson) in there before Chris," Bowden said. "The fourth one has to go down to the scout squad and that's where Chris will have to go."