Posted: 4:30 pm Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

McQuay released from FAMU scholarship, eyeing Florida State 

By Jason Lieser

Suncoast sprinter Tony McQuay received word today that FAMU track coach Rey Robinson had been fired and was granted a release from his scholarship.

McQuay won a gold medal in the 400-meter dash, a silver in the 200, and a bronze in the 100 at the Class 2A state meet earlier this month. He had signed a track scholarship with FAMU, where his parents attended and his sister is now, the week of the state meet. He turned down offers from Clemson, Georgia and Georgia Tech, among others to sign with FAMU.

After his performance, McQuay attracted the attention of Florida and Florida State and he said that made him rethink his decision to sign with FAMU but it was too late. All that changed when Robinson was fired late Tuesday.

In talking to coach Carnell Coleman the week of the state meet, he said he wanted to get McQuay to Florida State, but they had already signed some quarter-milers from overseas so he wasn’t sure where McQuay would fit in.

McQuay said today he wasn’t concerned about that yet. He just wanted to get everything to get settled with Florida State first.