Peter Warrick's football future remained on hold today, but the Florida State star probably won't play Saturday against Clemson.

For the second straight day, Warrick received a court postponement on a plea agreement in connection with a department store scam. His lawyer wants to make sure Warrick can rejoin the top-ranked Seminoles after his legal problems are settled. And that requires the approval of the university president.

Warrick is to return to court Nov. 4, but the judge said the parties can return sooner if they have reached an agreement.

"If I enter a plea that is acceptable to the court and is acceptable to the state attorney's office, but won't help him get back on the field, it's not going to make Peter Warrick very happy," lawyer John Kenny said today. "So I've got to try to work between the state attorney's office and the university. And right now I don't have that set in concrete."

Warrick's return apparently now depends on Florida State President Sandy D'Alemberte. D'Alemberte spoke by phone Wednesday with Athletic Director Dave Hart and general counsel Alan Sundberg.

Kenny said he has spoken with Sundberg and is "trying to nail down exactly what they find acceptable in terms and conditions that will allow him to play again."

"I'm going to be speaking to him again this morning to try to find out what exactly, what terms would be acceptable to him and to Sandy D'Alemberte," Kenny said. "It's frustrating for everybody. I need to go talk to Peter right now, I need to meet to the university . . . and try to make sure that I can salvage something out of this."

Warrick, a favorite for the Heisman Trophy, has practiced all week and can continue to do so. He has missed the past two games.

He and former teammate Laveranues Coles were charged with buying more than $400 of designer clothes Sept. 29 for $21.40 from a store clerk, who is also charged.