Thursday , Jan , 15 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Seminoles’ Romero opts to redshirt

Tallahassee, FL (Sports Network) – Florida State forward Diego Romero, who had
his eligibility restored by the NCAA on Monday, has elected to redshirt the
2003-04 campaign and begin next season with two full years of eligibility.

The 6-foot-10 forward out of Argentina has not played in any of the
Seminoles’ 16 games this season because of the eligibility questions.

“I want to play so bad and have been practicing hard with the team,” Romero
explained at a press conference at the FSU Basketball Training Center. “I
found out yesterday [Wednesday] when coach told me that if I redshirt I will
have two full years to play with no game suspensions. I think to redshirt this
year and have two full years is the best thing. I don’t think I am right now
in the best shape of my life. I have been through a lot of stuff and I don’t
think I am in my best shape right now.”

Romero was sanctioned by the NCAA for an amateurism violation, ruling that he
“compromised his amateur status” by signing two pro contracts in his native
Argentina, by which he received $2,400 in living expenses.

The 21-year-old Romero transferred to Florida State from Lon Morris Junior
College. Lon Morris won 55 games during Romero’s two seasons in the lineup.