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September 25, 2007

Hayes disciplined by Bowden

Florida State football head coach Bobby Bowden announced late Tuesday disciplinary measures taken involving junior linebacker Geno Hayes, in accordance with the FSU Athletics Student-Athlete Code of Conduct/Discipline Policy. Hayes was issued misdemeanor charges in an incident on September 21st, an offense in which punishment, as stated in the Discipline Policy, is handled by the head coach, after review by the Director of Athletics, and is largely based on past deportment of the student-athlete involved.

After reviewing the circumstances of the incident, Bowden has demoted Hayes to second team and he will not start Saturday's game vs. Alabama. Hayes will also attend behavioral counseling and perform community service in addition to other internal coach's disciplinary actions.

"I want to apologize to my family, coaches, teammates, fans and Florida State University for the incident that took place last week," Hayes said. "I have always taken pride in representing myself and this university in a positive manner and unfortunately, I did not live up to those standards on this occasion. I realize I can not make another mistake of this or any other nature."

The status of injured senior fullback Joe Surratt, who was issued a felony charge in the same incident, will be determined as the situation moves through the legal process. Per the FSU Athletics Student-Athlete Code of Conduct/Discipline Policy, a student-athlete can not compete when charged with a felony.

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