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    The Wilson Report Returns

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    By Rob Wilson,

    I know it's been a while, but things have been a bit hectic around here as you probably have read about somewhere.  We've got a lot of stuff to catch up on so I hope you'll go to and read up on the longer versions of these stories.

    Any football recruiting fans out there?  I thought so...Florida State football will host The Seminole Recruiting War Party on Wednesday, Feb. 3 with doors opening at 6 p.m. and program schedule to begin at 7 p.m. at the Antique Car Museum.   A handful of tickets, which are free, are still available by registering on  These will go FAST but the good news is that there are already 12 official watch parties around the southeast that will feature fellow Seminole fans gathering to watch the event live.  All FSU coaches will speak at the party and evaluate the new recruiting class.  Check for the locations of these GROUP viewings and if you can't attend one of these you can watch it live right on your home computer by logging onto  An added element to the evening will be the fact that current FSU football players will be manning the phone lines (1-888-FSU-NOLE)  in the FSU ticket office and an active "telethon" will be going on during the signing day party to solicit new or returning ticket holders and boosters.  So call your friends and be part of the action.

    Florida State currently finds itself  SIXTH nationally in the Director's Cup points standings, which is a system used to measure the overall strength of athletic programs.  That top ranking is even more impressive considering the fact that FSU traditionally scores more points over the spring semester than the fall.  Volleyball's selection to the NCAA Tournament and advancement to within a game of the Final Four got us off to a great start.

    It's unfortunate that in our society right now bad news is given so much more attention than good, but this attitude means you won't find any headlines that laud the outstanding semester we had academically.  I suggest you stick these in your back pocket for the next time someone takes a shot at college athletes:
        11   of our FSU teams earned a GPA of 3.0 or better
        15   of FSU's 18 teams earned a GPA of 2.5 or better
        14   student-athletes earned a place on the President's List with 4.0 GPA
        102 student-athletes were named to the Dean's List (3.5-3.999)
        238 student-athletes earned a 3.0 or higher GPA (49% our or athletic population)
        The average GPA for our student-athletes for the fall is a 2.901

    A recent story in The Sporting News Today is a great compliment to Florida State fans and our program.  The publication listed the attendance figures for each bowl over the last five years.  A closer look reveals that our program travels as well or better than any in the country.  Naturally, the stadium record 84,129 fans that turned out for the Gator Bowl jumped off the page particularly since it was the third highest figure for all bowls this year and outdrew two BCS bowls (Orange 66,131 and Sugar 65,207) but the graph also revealed the overall impact of the Seminoles.  Three of the bowls ('05 Orange, '07 Music City, and '09 Gator) had their highest attendance ever at their "FSU" game.  The other two ('08 Champs, '06 Emerald) both set new bowl records when FSU played in them, but then set a higher record leaving the FSU game in second place - but no lower on any bowl.  And, I'll eat my hat if there were more fans at the Miami vs. Wisconsin Champs bowl last year than our Champs Bowl against Wisconsin two years ago even though they list the game as drawing 4,055.

    Men's Basketball fans need to dust off their white outfits for the Maryland game on February 6.  That's right we are hoping for a white-out crowd against the Terrapins and a little revenge for their win in College Park a few weeks ago.  Speaking of basketball, FSU students are turning out in record numbers this season with an average of nearly 4,500 per game since we hit ACC play.  And if you're wondering where the Golden Girls were for the last game they were in a national competition - don't worry they'll be back.

    Women's basketball fans need to dust off their pink for the February 7th game against Wake Forest.  The team will be doing their part in the fight against Breast Cancer for their annual "Paint it Pink" game.  The Seminoles will sport pink headbands, wristbands, warm-ups, etc. in an effort to raise money for the cause and then will auction off  the warm-ups online at  Fans can also purchase official Florida State Paint it Pink shirts at the game for only $5 with all proceeds staying local and going to the Tallahassee Memorial Sharon Walker Ewing Breast Center.  

    Don't forget March Madness is right around the corner and you can participate right here in Tallahassee.  The women's team is currently ranked 17th and are 3-1 in ACC play so they are perfectly poised to earn another trip to the NCAA Tournament.  And Florida State will play host to the first round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championships this March 20-22 in the Tucker Center.  Fans can purchase tickets and be able to see some of the best women's teams in the country right here on   

    Sun Sports is really proud of a special on Bobby Bowden that will air for the first time this Tuesday (June 26) at 8:00 p.m.  Here's a description of the program in their own words...
    Here's what viewers can expect to see....The show looks at what makes Bobby Bowden tick...a look at both his personal and professional make-up.  There are recollections from people who know him well from all eras.. plus Bobby himself.  In the most basic terms, this is- aside from wins and losses, and aside from maybe even football.. why Bobby Bowden is who he is.  Also, it's candid reactions from people to his departure, and a very recent candid conversation with Bobby about his own feelings and what's next for him.  Throughout all of this.. we weave in and out of segments & topics using footage from Bobby's last game, the 2010 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.  We're also using quite a bit of historical footage throughout from over 30 years of Bobby's career.

    While on the subject of Sun Sports, I hope you tune in Seminole Sports Magazine each and every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with The Leonard Hamilton Show immediately following that at 10:30.

    FSU fans donated nearly $7,400 for Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti in at the door donations at the men's and women's basketball games last weekend.

    Road To OKC - Vol. 5

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    Terese here wishing everyone a belated Happy New Years!!!  So we're all back in Tallahassee and ready for action!!!  Everyone started classes on Wednesday the 6th, which we were all kind of bummed about, BUT what we were definitely not bummed about was the fact that we started our TEAM practice on Friday and absolutely killed it! I can already tell from our first couple of practices that this season is going to be awesome for the 'Noles so get excited because I know we all are!!!

    2010 Spring Look Ahead- Part II

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    By Scott Kotick & Layne Herdt

    In part two, takes a look at six spring sports at Florida State: Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving, Men's and Women's Golf, and Men's and Women's Track & Field.

    Men's Swimming & Diving

    The Florida State men's swimming and diving team heads into its most important time of year with the biggest dual meet of the season against ACC rival Virginia on Thursday.  With momentum going into February's ACC Championships on the line, the Seminoles hope to knock off the two-time defending conference champions right here in Tallahassee.  The Seminoles are once again led by senior Andy Hodgson in the pool and senior Terry Horner on the boards.  Hodgson is the conference record holder and defending ACC Champion in the 200 back while Horner looks to add to his already historic resume of six All-American honors, including a NCAA Championship on the one-meter board in 2007.  Horner is joined this season by fellow All-American Landon Marzullo, a transfer from Indiana.  The duo has dominated the boards in 2009-10 placing first and second in every one and three-meter competition. 

    In the water, a pair of talented breaststrokers in senior Scott Thacker and junior Rob Holderness help make the 'Noles tough to beat.  Juniors Ian Rowe and Robby Hayes round out a group of seven who competed in individual events for FSU at last season's NCAA Championships and hope to once again make it to the season ending event in March.


    Women's Swimming & Diving

    The Seminole women swimmers and divers will also tangle with the Cavaliers on Thursday, looking to prove themselves against the three-time defending ACC Champions.  The women are paced by a young group of phenoms led by sophomore backstroker Stephanie Sarandos and freshman breaststroker Kristine Polley.  Sarandos is the lone Seminole who qualified for the NCAA Championships last season and looks to make a return trip in 2010.  Polley has already made a splash for FSU with the conference's top mark in the 200 breast to date and ACC Performer of the Week honors for her pair of victories in the 100 and 200 breast at the Georgia Tech Invite. 

    On the boards Florida State is paced by honorable mention All-American Aleia Monden and a host of talented performers.  This may be one of diving coach Patrick Jeffrey's deepest teams, making the Seminoles difficult to beat whether it is on the one-meter, three-meter, or platform.

    Men's Golf 

    If the fall season was any indication, the Seminoles should be poised for great things in 2010. 

    Masters and U.S. Open Participant Drew Kittleson leads an experienced bunch that will look to make a run at their second ACC title in three years.  The Seminoles also return seniors Seath Lauer and Cameron Knight, along with ACC Freshman of the Year Brooks Koepka, who welcome freshmen Doug Letson and Michael Hebert to the lineup. 

    The 'Noles begin their spring season out at the Hawaii Hilo Invitational on February 3rd.  Be sure to come see Florida State in action as they host the Seminole Intercollegiate on March 12-14.

    Women's Golf

    Although All-American Caroline Westrup has graduated, Florida State returns a wealth of talent including senior Lacey Agnew and junior Macarena Silva.

    Silva won her first career tournament last fall at the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational, leading the 'Noles to a tournament win in Kentucky, and Agnew placed second at the Cougar Fall Classic along with a subsequent second place team finish. 

    Florida State also welcomes freshmen Gen King and Jessica Negron to the 2010 squad.  The Seminoles open up the spring season at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on February 7th.

    The 'Noles will also play in a nearby tournament in Valdosta, Ga. at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge on March 1st, so be sure to come support Florida State in early March.   

    Men's Track & Field

    There is only one goal for the Florida State men's track and field program: win a National Championship.  Head Coach Bob Braman's squad will once again be favored to do just that as the Seminoles begin the indoor season ranked number one in the country.  The Garnet and Gold return two of the best in the nation in senior Charles Clark and junior Ngoni Makusha.  Clark is a three-time NCAA Champion and the reigning 200 meter outdoor champion, and Makusha is the two-time defending outdoor long jump champion.  The 'Noles will also be bolstered by the return of indoor National Champion Gonzalo Barroilhet, who missed last years NCAA meet with an injury.  FSU will also have one half of the Borlee twins returning to Tallahassee as Kevin will once again run the 400 meter for the Seminoles.  The men hope to continue their impressive streak of ACC Championships during both the indoor and outdoor season, as well as compete for a first indoor National Championship and fourth outdoor title.


    Women's Track & Field

    Not to be kept in the shadows, the Florida State women's track and field team has quietly become one of the top programs in the nation.  The Seminole women begin the indoor season ranked number four in the country and look to push towards that number one position.  Three-time National Champion and ACC Performer of the year Kim Williams will pace FSU in field events along with last year's pleasant surprise, All-American thrower Allyn Laughlin.  On the track, the Garnet and Gold will strike a great balance between sprint and distance events.  Junior All-American hurdler Teona Rodgers will pace the sprint group while senior All-American Pilar McShine will top the distance runners.  Florida State will once again have a target on their backs in the ACC as the women look to repeat as both indoor and outdoor champions in 2010.

    2010 Spring Look Ahead- Part I

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    We are now in the thick of ACC Basketball season at Florida State, as both Leonard Hamilton and Sue Semrau's squads are battling for first place in the ACC and trying to cement their spots in the NCAA Tournament.  It is sure to be another nail-biting two months of basketball at the Tucker Center.    

    And spring 2010 season is quickly approaching with each passing day.  Currently, we are just one month away from the beginning of Softball season, men's and women's tennis begin this week, and before you know it, it will be time for first pitch at Dick Howser Stadium. 

    In the coming weeks, will have complete previews for each team as we look ahead to what should be one of the most exciting spring seasons in recent history.   

    But for now, here is a quick look ahead for the spring 2010 season in part one of our two-part series: Baseball, Softball, Men's Tennis, and Women's Tennis.  


    It has often been said that Florida State Baseball has the best fans in the country, and for those 6,700 'Noles who fill the stands at Dick Howser Stadium, first pitch on February 19th against Georgia State can't come quickly enough.

    Head Coach Mike Martin begins his 31st season as the Seminoles' head coach, and the 2010 team looks to make another run at the College World Series in the final year of the legendary Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.   

    The Seminoles return some of the biggest stars from last season, including gold glove winner and All-American Tyler Holt, freshman All-American and first team All-ACC Sean Gilmartin, and All-Americans Mike McGee and Stephen Cardullo.  In addition, the entire weekend pitching rotation returns, featuring Gilmartin, McGee, and sophomore Brian Busch.  Mix in another talented freshman class, and the 2010 Seminoles should be an exciting team to keep an eye on during the spring.

    It will be another fun home schedule for the 'Noles, who welcome ACC foes Miami and Virginia to Tallahassee, along with the University of Georgia in early March.   


    Second-year head coach Lonni Alameda led the Seminoles to the ACC title game during the 2009 season, and fans should be excited for what the Seminoles have in store during 2010.

    After enjoying their most successful ACC regular season in school history, the 'Noles return their entire pitching staff, including ACC Pitcher of the Year Sarah Hamilton and second team All-ACC Terese Gober.  Senior captain Carly Wynn returns in the outfield, and transfers Tory Haddad and Jen Lapicki should make an immediate impact for Coach Alameda's team. 

    In addition, Georgia High School Player of the Year Morgan Bullock leads an exceptional freshmen class that will be great at Florida State for years to come.

    The season starts for the 'Noles on February 11th against Southern Miss. 

    Men's Tennis

    After making their second consecutive round of 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, Dwayne Hultquist's squad returns to the courts this Friday down in Naples, Fla.  The Seminoles return ACC Player of the Year Jean-Yves Aubone and South Region Champion Clint Bowles to their lineup.  Senior Vahid Mirzadeh rounds out the top-3 in the 'Noles lineup that should be one of the most formidable units in the nation.

    Heralded freshman Connor Smith will also make his debut this spring for the Seminoles, as he came out of high school ranked No. 1 in Florida and No. 2 in the nation.  Freshmen Andres Bucaro and Anderson Reed will also be counted on to help fill the void left by Maciek Sykut, Chris Cloer, and Drew Bailey from the 2009 squad.  

    Women's Tennis

    "In my coaching career, this is the deepest team and most talent team we've had," head coach Jennifer Hyde said in regards to her 2010 Seminoles. 

    And after losing only one senior from last year's team, the 'Noles have veteran leadership mixed with freshman talent that should make this year's team fun to watch.  Coach Hyde's team begins the season with the highest preseason ranking in school history at No. 15, and seniors Lauren McCreless and Jessica Sucupira anchor a team that should compete to be one of the ACC's dominant teams.

    Along with junior Katie Rybakova and sophomore Noemie Scharle, freshmen Francesca Segarelli and Amy Sargeant will be looked upon to make an immediate contribution.  The 'Noles begin play this Saturday at UCF.



    Bri Breaks It Down - Vol. 14

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    "Sometimes Dreams Have to Come to an End"

    Hi Seminole Fans! The last time I wrote I was getting ready for the frozen tundra of Minnesota - making sure I had enough warm close to last me the long weekend! Our coaches told us some great news for the trip - we would get to charter our flight going to Minnesota. This meant - no security lines, having the whole plane to ourselves, and going straight through to Minnesota! As we walked toward our plane in Tallahassee, I had excitement running through my veins because it was hitting me that we were on our way to the Sweet 16!!!

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