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Fla. St. Punishes Its Night Owls

January 1, 2000

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Two or three Florida State players will miss their starting assignment in Tuesday’s national title game against Virginia Tech for curfew violations, coach Bobby Bowden said Saturday.

``Some guys are not going to start who would have started,″ Bowden said. ``And they’re going to have to pay the price running.″

Bowden said the offending players, who he didn’t identify, might also be confined to their hotel room for a night.

``It makes you mad, it just makes you mad.″ Bowden said. ``If they want to break the rules, we’ll give ‘em some kind of punishment that will make ‘em not want to break ’em again.″

Florida State usually punishes players for minor rules violations by making the offenders run stadium steps.

``It’s nothing big,″ Bowden said. ``Just two or three, I’m not going to announce ’em.″

Florida State offensive coordinator Mark Richt said none of the players were on the offensive team.

``If it’s a big-time player, it hurts the whole team by being out,″ All-American guard Jason Whitaker said. ``We want to go out winners.″

Whitaker said the players are getting restless and are anxious to play.

``It really gets tiresome being in the room all the time,″ he said. ``I wish I could go play right now.″

Bowden agreed.

``You come to a town like New Orleans and you have to sit in your room all the time, it’s boring,″ Bowden said.

Florida State is already without Chris Walker, a reserve defensive lineman and special teams starter who was kicked off the team a week ago after being charged with drunken driving during the Christmas holiday.

Another key special teams performer, senior Todd Frier, remains day-to-day with a bad ankle.

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