Receiver Randy Moss has been kicked off Florida State's football team after admitting he smoked marijuana.

Coach Bobby Bowden said Moss will not be allowed to return to the team "regardless of the action by the West Virginia courts."

Last week, Moss admitted smoking marijuana while serving a 30-day work-release sentence for beating up a fellow DuPont High School student in 1995 in Charleston, W. Va. His work-release status was revoked, and he could face a year in jail if found guilty of violating his probation.

Moss, the 1994 West Virginia high school football player of the year, was a redshirt freshman receiver with the Seminoles, and has been widely considered one of the team's future stars.

A probation hearing for Moss was delayed unto today at the request of defense lawyer Tim DiPiero. Neither DiPiero nor assistant prosecutor Don Morris immediately returned messages seeking comment.

"I went to bat for Randy, because I earnestly believed in him," Bowden said in a statement released by the school yesterday. "But he chose to again break the law. It is my hope that he has learned from all of this." CONTEMPLATING AN ALIGNMENT: The football-only Yankee Conference is exploring an alignment with the Atlantic 10 because proposed restructuring within the NCAA beginning in 1997 would deprive the league of a say in policy matters.

The NCAA legislation, Yankee Conference Executive Director Chuck Boone said, "kind of puts one-sport conferences in a bad position, as far as the decision-making process goes. That would be a negative for us, so we decided to look into some things."

William & Mary, Richmond and James Madison are members of the Yankee Conference for football, and the Colonial Athletic Association for all other sports. Any alignment with another league would be for football only and would not affect their membership in the CAA.

Athletics directors at the 12 Yankee Conference schools two weeks ago gave a tepid recommendation to join the Atlantic 10. School presidents were asked to vote on the recommendation by Friday, though Boone said he may not have a final tally until next week.

"This is really about us trying to maintain our position and continue to be represented," William & Mary incoming Athletic Director Terry Driscoll said. "Without doing something like this, we'd basically be like a fish flopping around on the pier with no place to go."