Wednesday night wasn't an exception.
Brown, Antoine Mirambeau, Chris Rix and Montrae Holland were among a group that dined at a local restaurant. The quiet but polite Brown said he was thankful for his friends' support and kind words.
"I am fine. I am doing okay," said Brown, who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA late Tuesday night and informed of the decision Wednesday.
Brown, a 6-foot-4, 316-pound senior, started all 12 games for the Seminoles last season after transferring from East Mississippi Junior College. An NCAA committee informed FSU that Brown was a full-time student at Alabama State in the fall of 1997, meaning his five-year eligibility window for competition had closed.
Brown continues to contend he did not take a full course load that semester. In fact, the ruling was a result of an FSU appeal concerning Brown's status.
"I really did not know what to expect but I was hoping it worked out the best for me," Brown told The Territory. "Everybody was really pulling for me and that helps. That's just the way it worked out. Yeah (it's disappointing)."
The soft-spoken Brown said he wants to remain in shape in preparation for the NFL next year. Brown also was excited to hear that he will travel to Saturday's game in Kansas City against Iowa State with the team. Mirambeau chimed in, "We are going to give him a jersey. Better yet, we will put him in pads. It's great that he can travel with us, do everything we do and be part of the team. That's going to be motivation for us."
Brown also believes the Seminoles' offensive line will still be just as effective. "Yes, they are still going to be strong."