Florida State junior wide receiver Jarmon Fortson has been dismissed from FSU for committing the same infraction multiple times, according to Warchant.com, a Rivals/Yahoo sports network. The specific term used was “Violation of Team Policy,” which only clouds speculation as to what actually happened. Sources have revealed that Fortson failed multiple drug tests and head coach Jimbo Fisher had no choice but to release the talented wide out.
Fortson is best remembered for dropping what would have been the game winning touchdown in the opening game last year against Miami. He did an excellent job of rebounding from that loss and made spectacular catches throughout the rest of the 2009 season.
Jimbo Fisher does not receive any praise for this dismissal. Fortson had to be booted via NCAA rules and I wonder if Jimbo would’ve kept Fortson on the team if the NCAA didn’t have these regulations in place. I’ll give Fisher kudos if he dismisses Nigel Carr next, but he’s not going to get one for doing what he’s supposed to. I don’t get credit for paying my taxes; Jimbo shouldn’t get any for validly throwing a player off of his team.
Fortson was on pace to have a breakout season with a veteran quarterback slinging him the ball and multiple speedy wide outs to help alleviate him of any double teams. If there is one good thing to come out of this debacle its wide receiver may be the deepest position FSU has on the team. This leaves the door wide open for sophomores Willie Haulstead and Rodney Smith.
Hopefully others on the team learn, but I highly doubt it. Good luck to Fortson and all his future endeavors.