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New NCAA ruling gives FSU student-athletes Election Day off

Posted at 5:14 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 17:14:30-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A bye week couldn't have come at a better time for this Florida State football team. After a week off, they've had time to fix some nagging injuries and correct some problems that had been plaguing them.

Now they're looking to transfer what they've been working on to a win over Pitt this weekend.

They have work to do between now and Saturday, but none of that will happen Tuesday as for the first time, the NCAA requires all Division I programs to give student-athletes Election Day off.

Head coach Mike Norvell said they've spent a lot of time making sure all his athletes can vote. Some have had to mail ballots back home, but they understand the significance of Election Day.

"I think our guys understand the platform, the understand the opportunity that's in front of them," said Norvell. "It's something we've encouraged as a football team and really as an entire athletic department to make sure we provide them with the information they need to make an educated choice on what they, where they want that voice to go and what they want to back according to the beliefs that they have."

Florida State's game against Pitt is set for a 4 p.m. kick at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday.