Dismissal of Greg Reid only choice for FSU

Florida State cornerback Greg Reid didn’t give coach Jimbo Fisher much of a choice.

Strike one: He was suspended for the season opener last year for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Strike two: He was arrested last fall for resisting arrest and perjury charges. (Granted, they were dropped.)

Strike three: He was arrested last month and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Fisher didn’t say specifically why Reid was dismissed from the team, other than a “violation of team rules,” but it doesn’t matter. It was time for Reid to go, and despite the value he adds to the Noles’ special teams, Florida State will be better off without him. Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe has a name for players who continually seem to find themselves in trouble: knotheads. Reid, you might say, is a bit of a knothead.

This is another example of Fisher laying down the law in Tallahassee. Just last month he banned his players from using Twitter for the rest of the season. By giving Reid the boot -- a three-year starter who will be nearly impossible to replace in the return game -- he has also shown no player is bigger than the team and its goal of winning a national title. Fisher knows this team has a chance to be great and the last thing it needs is distractions to accompany the pressure that already comes with being a top-10 preseason team.

Losing Reid is a significant blow to Florida State’s return game -- most of you already know that. Reid is one of the nation’s top punt returners. But he wasn’t even the best corner on the team. That honor belongs to Xavier Rhodes. Defensively, coordinator Mark Stoops has enough talent on the roster to find a capable replacement for Reid. The return game will have a more glaring hole.

It’s not as deep of a hole, though, as the one Reid dug himself.