Jimbo Fisher's hands were tied, which made the decision easy.
He called senior Greg Reid into his office last week, and he informed one of the most accomplished members of the Seminoles roster that his career at Florida State was over.
"We had a great conversation," Fisher said Monday, just hours before FSU opened fall camp. "A very sad conversation."
Reid was dismissed for a violation of team rules, his third off-field incident in little more than a year, and that made the end inevitable, Fisher said.
It was Fisher's first public comment on Reid's departure since the senior cornerback was dismissed last week, but the words were offered more as a salve than a rebuke.
"That's the issue is our standards and our rules and what we go by, and it had to be done," Fisher said. "I still think the world of him."
Now, Florida State turns the page.
Practice will begin Monday with sophomore Nick Waisome taking first-team reps at boundary corner, with a myriad of alternatives ready to rotate in throughout the next few weeks.
"We have plenty of options to be able to move over there," Fisher said.
Waisome gets first crack, however, but his experience is minimal. Waisome had just one tackle as a freshman in 2011, with most of his work coming on special teams. He added more than 15 pounds to his 5-foot-10 frame this offseason, however, and he got the bulk of the reps as Reid's backup this spring.
It will be a similarly deep crop of possible alternatives at punt returner, where Reid starred for the past three years and was just 313 yards shy of setting the school's all time record for punt return yardage.
Meanwhile, Reid's scholarship will go to kicker Roberto Aguayo, who had been pegged as a potential grayshirt but is already enrolled at Florida State and will open camp with the team today.