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Track Star Chauncy Smart Won’t Attend FSU

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Highly-touted sprinter Chauncy Smart won’t be attending Florida State, a source confirmed to The Daily Nole on Tuesday morning.

Smart has been granted a release, according to the source and will pursue another school. The source told The Daily Nole that a lot of factors went into Smart’s decision to pursue a career elsewhere, including his desire to play college football.

Smart told The Daily Nole in November that he planned to try his hand at being a 2-sport athlete at FSU. The NCAA does not permit athletes on track and field scholarships to walk on as football players.

“Juggling football and track is quite a bit in high school,” he said in November. “I know it’s not going to come easy, it’s going to be a lot of hard work, so I might as well just get used to it now.”

FSU will not grant Smart a release for any other track scholarship. His release is contingent on him getting a scholarship, according to the school.

A 5-8, 160-pound speedster, Smart committed to Florida State during the fall. Smart has yet to make a decision as to where he will attend instead.

CORRECTION: This story originally read that FSU did not like the idea of Smart juggling football and track. It is in fact an NCAA rule.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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