The NCAA has denied Florida State Seminoles receiver Corey Surrency's appeal for another year of eligibility, according to a release from Florida State. The ruling means Surrency has exhausted his eligibility and will no longer play college football.
"We are disappointed that Corey has lost his appeal, but I appreciate our administration going to bat for him," coach Bobby Bowden said in a prepared statement. "I hope that Corey can continue to play on the next level and we will do all we can to help him get that chance."
The NCAA's decision was based on a rule that states if an athlete participates in an organized sport after his 21st birthday and before enrolling in college, it counts towards a year of varsity eligibility.
Surrency played for a Tampa-based team called the Florida Kings, which is loosely considered a minor league team. The program is known for helping athletes with a troubled past find their way into college. Following his time with the Kings, Surrency went to El Camino Community College before transferring to Florida State.
There were high expectations for Surrency last year, but he had a rather quiet season with 12 catches for 237 yards and four touchdowns. He played in 11 games and started two.
Surrency was suspended for the Georgia Tech game for a violation of team rules, and he was also one of five players suspended for the Boston College game because of his involvement in a fight outside of the student union.
Heather Dinich covers the ACC for ESPN.com.