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    Bobby Bowden coaching a Rhodes scholar is sign of apocalypse

    Florida State safety Rolle wins Rhodes scholarship

    By Heather Dinich
    ESPN.com

    Updated: November 23, 2008, 9:23 AM ET

    Rolle Wins Rhodes Scholarship; FSU Beats Maryland

    Florida State safety Myron Rolle won a Rhodes scholarship less than three hours before the Seminoles kicked off in College Park against Maryland.

    Rolle was one of seven finalists who interviewed in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday. He then boarded a charter plane and flew to Baltimore to join his teammates.

    Rolle is the third Florida State student, and only football player, to win the award in the last four years. NCAA shot put champion Garrett Johnson and Joe O'Shea also won. Rolle, an aspiring neurosurgeon, will now decide between the NFL and an all-expense paid scholarship for two or three years of study at Oxford University in England.

    He finished the interview in Birmingham, Ala., around 6 p.m. EST before boarding a private plane to catch up with his teammates for the game that started around 7:45.

    Rolle arrived in the second quarter but did not immediately get into the game.

    Florida State entered with an outside chance of playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game next month. The Seminoles (7-3, 4-3) needed to beat Maryland and have the Terrapins defeat Boston College next week.

    Rolle is one of Florida State's best defensive players, but coach Bobby Bowden was quick to allow the student-athlete to miss the start of the game.

    "It's a no-brainer," Bowden said earlier in the week. "I know academics comes first."

    Bowden, 79, had never coached a Rhodes scholar during a career spanning six decades.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report

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    Re: Bobby Bowden coaching a Rhodes scholar is sign of apocalypse

    as much as i hate FSU, Rolle is one impressive kid. too bad there aren't a few more in both the NCAA and in the NFL that have his character.
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    Re: Bobby Bowden coaching a Rhodes scholar is sign of apocalypse

    Quote Originally Posted by birtikidis
    as much as i hate FSU, Rolle is one impressive kid. too bad there aren't a few more in both the NCAA and in the NFL that have his character.
    Once upon a time, we had Rhodes Scholar and Supreme-Court-Justice-to-be Byron "Whizzer" White on the Steelers.

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