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    Off To The Races With: Charlotte Broadbent

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    Charlotte Broadbent

    Hello Seminole fans!! My name is Charlotte Broadbent and I'm a junior here at Florida State.  I'm majoring in Writing, Editing and Media with a minor in Business and I'm honored to be a part of the Florida State Swimming and Diving team.

     We finished our dual meet season two weekends ago racing Alabama at Alabama where the ladies took home the win.  It was a great final meet to get pumped up, swim fast, and show that we are ready to take some titles home with us at ACCs.  The atmosphere the team as a whole created at this meet was great.  It really showed how we can come together at a meet and what a great team we are.  We were able to stand behind the blocks before our races, and cheer for the rest of the Florida State girls in that heat too.  It's such an amazing feeling to know that the team, especially the girls, is fully behind you in and out of the pool.  It is also such an encouraging feeling when we look into the crowds, even at an away meet and see Florida State parents.  The support we have gained this season has been phenomenal.  At every home meet the stands have been jam packed with family, friends and fans.  It really makes everything so much better to have so many supporters, we appreciate you so much, thank you!

    Speaking for the team as a whole, I think one of our favorite dual meets has to be the Florida vs. Florida State meet.  After I think more ten years of taking home second place to the Florida swimmers at the dual meets, the day was long, long awaited.  Both the ladies and men's team knew that we were in amazing shape, and we got in the pool and swam our hearts out.  Both teams took home the win, and for the ladies, beating the NCAA defending champions was an incredible feeling.  We made history that day, but we have continued to grow as a team since then!  One of the great things this year has been to watch the freshman that we have brought in, grow.  They have really stepped up, making our team stronger both in and out of the pool.  They are all extremely vocal and so fun to be around which is great as ACCs approach!

    The excitement of the ACC Championships being less than three weeks away is hitting the team! Over the past few days the atmosphere has changed a little at the pool as the ACC team has been announced.  It's always a nervous time for everyone, as unfortunately the whole team cannot travel to conference anymore like it did my freshman year.  Everyone is getting really excited though and is putting their final touches to their work that has already been done and taper is finally in sight (for the sprinters it has already started)!!

    The ladies team had our annual pasta dinner and ACC poster making last weekend which was so much fun.  It's a time when we can all get together outside of the pool, eat a good pasta dinner and then enjoy time making posters that we put around the pool at ACC's.  All of the classes get together and make their own individual class posters and then we are in the process of making a team poster too.  It's an encouraging feeling to see so many Florida State posters around the venue of ACC's, none of the other teams posters compare to ours!

    Swimming Poster

    I am a junior here at Florida State and in January we just added another girl to our really small class (Tori Richmond)! The junior class before only had three swimmers and one diver, so it's really great to get another great girl to add to our little group.  That being said, because we are such a small class, we have a tight bond which is always nice and this week we had a dinner together which was great to catch up as a class and to make Tori really feel at home!

    Thank you to all our fans that have supported our dual meet season, next stop is the ACC Championship!

    Doak Insider Podcast - January 27th

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    Join Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for the latest edition of the Doak Insider Podcast.

    On this edition of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys preview National Signing day. They look forward to each position group and project the ranking of the Seminoles class.

    Doak Insider Podcast - January 27th

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    FSU Fan Blog #1 -- By David Crossan

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    First I would like to introduce myself to Seminole Nation. My name is David Crossan. I am twenty years old, and I'm from Ironton, Ohio. I am attending Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. I was born in Jacksonville, Florida. I lived in Jacksonville for the first few years of my life, up until my parents split up. My dad has been in the Navy for twenty-two years and is still on active-duty today. He has been based in Jacksonville at Naval Station Mayport for the majority of my life. On the other hand, both my mom and dad's family have always lived in Ohio and West Virginia.  My mother and I moved back to Ohio to live with our family after the divorce.

    I want to share with all the fans my experiences as a true Florida State Seminole!  To be honest, I'm not exactly sure what drove me to be the FSU fan that I am today? I obviously know now, but when I was three I was rockin' the "Garnet and Gold" as if I were old enough to understand why. The only thing I can refer back to at this point is that my cousin was the only other Seminole in my family. The rest of the family was supporting the Buckeyes. I hear so much about Ohio State, now I wish I still lived in Florida. 

    As a kid, you can only remember so much. I remember specifics though, and most of my greatest memories as a child, both good and bad, included Florida State. In the '98 National Championship I remember watching the game with my mom in her bedroom. After the game, my uncle Joe called the house and asked to speak to me. I knew what was coming; I was so frustrated. I answered the phone, and the first thing I hear is, "Dunnnn dun dunna nuh nuh," which was intended to mimic the Warchant. The next thing my uncle said was along the lines of, "David, do you need a box of tissues?" I hung up.

    After the '99 National Championship I made sure my uncle and the rest of the family knew who won. I was in 4th grade at the time and I remember wearing my Florida State jacket to school the next day. In '00 after our loss to Oklahoma I didn't want to go to school. We watched that "Channel 1" news that most schools seemed to watch in those days, and of course they had to show the highlights from the National Championship. My classmates decided to laugh about it and point at me, which did not go to well.

    I have always hated to lose at anything, but when Florida State lost you would think I was on the roster. Everything about Florida State football caught my attention and I loved the traditions. Watching them on TV, hearing the Marching Chiefs play the fight song and the Warchant, watching Bobby Bowden along the sidelines, and listening to Gene Deckerhoff's play-by-play. Nothing was more exciting than watching the Noles play on Saturday's- if only I could see them in person. That was one of my dreams as a kid. I didn't care where or when as long as I got to see them play.

    My opportunity came in '03 against Clemson. My cousin drove me to South Carolina to watch the Noles finally play. I believe we were ranked #2 or #3 in the nation at the time. I was so cocky come game day. I didn't think we could lose, especially after beating Clemson so many times before that. The final score was 26-10. Darnell Dockett was ejected from that game from a horrible call. Some might remember the game. He was pushed in the back by another Clemson player, which forced Darnell forward into another Clemson player knocking the opposing player over. The officials only saw that part. I use that excuse to this day as to why we lost that game. I didn't say another word after the game or the entire trip home. I was speechless. I had a lump in my throat and felt the urge to cry. That was my least favorite personal experience though.

    With that being said, my three favorite personal experiences are irreplaceable and nearly indescribable; they were dreams-come-true. 

    My first experience came in the summer of '01 when I went to visit my dad in Jacksonville. Several years after I was born, I had made my first trip back to Florida. The one thing I asked my dad before I went to visit is if he would take me to Tallahassee. He promised me that he would. After a week or so in Jacksonville, we left early morning for Tallahassee to visit Doak Campbell Stadium. We arrived at the stadium and everything was surreal. I didn't believe it. We walked in and the first thing I did was call my mom from a payphone inside. I remember her being happy for me and thanking my dad. I remember her telling him that if he was to do anything to make me happy that taking me to see Doak Campbell was the best thing possible.

    My second experience came in '02 or '03 when it was announced on the radio that Bobby Bowden would make a trip to Huntington, West Virginia. Bowden would be speaking at the Cam Henderson Center (Marshall's basketball gym) to speak about football and Christianity. I begged my mom to take me, and she pretty much had to. This was a once in a lifetime experience. I bought his book "The Bowden Way" and stood in line for about an hour to get his autograph and to hopefully get a picture taken (although Marshall made it clear no pictures would be allowed due to the time restraints). It's finally my turn in line, and I felt the presence of a hall-of-famer sitting at a table about to sign my book. He shook my hand and complimented my FSU necklace. I just stood there in awe. I had no idea what to do or say, except to smile. My mom then asked if I could get a picture with him, and he agreed. He was more than polite about it, and that's just the kind of person coach Bowden is. Since then, coach Bowden has been a role-model for me. He demonstrates the values of God, family, and competitiveness. That's hall-of-fame in itself.  Coach Bowden always cared about his players personally, which I think is the most important aspect of coaching.

    My third and greatest experience as a Seminole thus far came this past season on November 27, 2010. I attended the Florida State vs. Florida game at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium. My greatest dream was to just see Florida State play at home in general. I definitely did not think I would get the chance to see them play Florida. However, back in the early spring I could not pass up the opportunity to purchase the tickets. I was on when I ran across a ticket special that offered three home game tickets. These tickets included BYU, Boston College, and Florida. The price was about $156 for all three, and I thought to myself "where can I get a ticket to the Florida game for $156"? I immediately bought them.

    After the semester at Marshall had began, there were times where I had to pass up buying groceries, gas, and doing things with my friends on the weekends to save money for my trip to Tallahassee. I also didn't buy a few books that I needed for the semester until after the game. I was scared to death that I was going to be broke and not be able to make it to the game. I did everything I could to make sure I had enough money to last for a weekend in Florida. I actually bought two sets of tickets, because I had hoped to find a friend or family member to go with me. My aunt who lives in Jacksonville thankfully took the time off to make the trip.

    I flew to Florida by myself on a Friday, and on Saturday morning I was up at 6:00 a.m. ready to go. Tallahassee is only a two hour drive from Jacksonville, but I didn't mind being there early. When we arrived in Tallahassee I was speechless and amazed once again. It's an indescribable feeling you know? This was something I had waited for a majority of my life for. When we got there I was able to see the Moore Athletic Center, Sod Cemetery, and Al Dunlap practice field. Everything was amazing to me though, knowing that some of the greatest athletes at Florida State used to walk the same grounds that I was on. Names like Sanders, Dunn, Weinke, Warrick, Rolle, Cromartie, Ward, Boldin, M. Jones, Brooks, Booker, Boulware, Dockett, Hope, McFadden, Dugans, Timmons, Sims, Thorpe, Brown, etc. etc. I still can't describe how I feel about my experience at that game though. Words simply cannot show how much that game meant to me.

    The atmosphere of the game was overwhelming itself. Before the game I had the chance to meet Chief Osceola and I was able to see Renegade from a few feet away. That was a great feeling as well knowing that I took a picture with one of the most intimidating and richest traditions in all of college football. I wanted to hold the spear and pretend I was throwing it into the ground, but I was afraid to ask...LOL. That would have been an awesome profile picture for Facebook though. I also met Ryan Sprague inside the bookstore and had the chance to talk to him for a few minutes. I remembered him and his days at FSU. He was one tough tight end.

    Anyway, once the game ended I was just overjoyed and was really hoping the fans would rush the field just so I could meet some of the players. I managed to squeeze into the front row though at the end. I was only 10 rows up anyhow from the corner of the end zone. Players started to celebrate and making runs around the field, and I was just praying a few of them would make their way to my side; then came along Greg Reid. I think I called his name about 500 times. He finally made his way to me and I told him I came from Ohio, and I made sure he heard me. He gave me a handshake and was celebrating at the same time. He had a few celebrative words, but I won't repeat them. That moment was great as well. Greg Reid shook my hand. He's going to be a first round draft pick in the future. He will also go down as one of Florida State's best all-time players.

    When leaving the game my aunt and I ran into Zebrie Sanders. He's from Dayton, Ohio and he was reppin' a state championship shirt from his high school days, which looked pretty cool in the picture I had taken with him. In the last seven meetings between the Noles and the Gators, I think I picked the right one to go to.

    I would love to find a copy of the whole game so I can have it on video for the rest of my life to share it with my friends and family. I want to share this video with for all the Seminole fans to see. It's nothing big, but just part of my experience from the game.

    Thank you for letting me share my story with you and the fans. I hope that many can respect my admiration for the Noles and hopefully some can relate to this as well. I was fortunate enough to finally make it to a game and if it weren't for that three game ticket special I probably wouldn't have been lucky enough to go. To all the students at Florida State, you're very fortunate to attend such a great campus and be a part of a tradition that some wish they had the opportunity to do so, so start taking advantage of the football games and all athletic events at Florida State. Just remember there are thousands of other fans out there that would love to have that kind of opportunity! Thank you once again! I hope to share more with you in the future! 

    Think You Know The Florida State Seminoles?

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    Are you a fan of the Florida State Seminoles?  Prove it and test your knowledge in our exciting facebook quiz presented by  If you have not joined our facebook page now is your chance.

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    Get Pumped for Noles vs. Eagles!

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    It's a battle for 1st place in the ACC Saturday night as the Seminole Men's Basketball team welcomes the Boston College Eagles to the Tucker Center at 7:00 p.m.

    There are still great tickets available, and we want to see everyone there to pack out the Tucker Center.  To get you pumped for Saturday's game, here's a great video to get that Seminole spirit loud and proud!

    Daily Report: January 19

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    Men's basketball will be on the road tonight after their 2 game winning streak at home. They will be
    facing the Miami Hurricanes at 9pm. Besides reigning ACC Player of the Week Chris Singleton, two
    players have been key players in the last two games at home. Derwin Kitchen dominated against Duke
    and Bernard James stepped up during the NC State game last weekend. The bigger question is: who will
    be that guy tonight? Tune in to the game on Sun Sports.

    Men's tennis began their dual match season yesterday and beat Troy 7-0. They have a very important
    weekend coming up as they host three home matches against Florida Atlantic, Furman and Nebraska.

    In men's swimming and diving, Seminole diver Landon Marzullo earned ACC Performer of the Week
    honors yesterday. Marzullo swept the 1 and 3 meter boards as the Seminoles dominated against
    Clemson going 1,2,3 on both boards. Men's Swimming and Diving will travel for a meet against Alabama
    on Saturday at 11:00 am.

    Go to for all game recaps and all Signing Day updates.

    Noles Beat The Devil Out Of Duke

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    Our friends at Rupp T-Shirts put this great design together last week but unfortunately the powers that be in Durham would not approve this shirt.  We wanted our fans to weigh in on the design. Leave us your comments below:

    2011 Chick-Fil-A Bowl Champs Ring

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    Here is your first chance to see the ring that Jostens has created to celebrate the 2010 Florida State football season.  On one side the Chick-Fil-A Bowl championship is celebrated and on the other side the Seminoles wins over Miami and Florida are commemorated.  Tell us what you think of the ring in the comments section below.

    Share Your Remembrances Of Hankin

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    The Florida State baseball community has lost one of its most passionate and recognizable supporters. Drew Hankin, 37, passed away at his Tallahassee home on Jan. 12, 2011.

    Hankin, known to many as the "Zookeeper" for the Animals of Section B, was a true ambassador for the Seminoles' baseball program. A gracious host of out-of-town visitors to Dick Howser Stadium at Mike Martin Field each spring, he spread FSU baseball news in a variety of ways, including his weekly columns on a pair of websites.

    "On top of being a true Seminole, Drew was a great American, because he never asked for anything in return," said Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin. "He supported Florida State baseball to the mountaintop."

    A 1990 graduate of Tallahassee Godby High School and a former member of FSU's Marching Chiefs, Hankin has been a regular at Howser each spring since 1986, often leading the cheers from his home away from home - the middle of Section B.

    "Drew Hankin will always be remembered by Seminole baseball," Martin added. "The clock is ticking for the 2011 season to begin. It's because of you, Drew, and I will miss you deeply."

    Here's your chance to share your condolences, as well as your favorite memories of the "Head Zookeeper":

    Breaking Down Florida State's Win

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    The Seminoles snapped #1 Duke's 25-game winning streak with a 66-61 win at the Tucker Center Wednesday night.  ESPN's Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale break down the Seminoles win.

    Early Projections for 2011?

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    ESPN analyst Robert Smith believes the Florida State Seminoles are a team that can contend for a national title in 2011.  Let us know what you think in the poll below:

    Doak Insider Podcast - January 10th

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    Join Ryan Pensy, Brandon Mellor and Scott Kotick for the latest edition of the Doak Insider Podcast.

    On this edition of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys recap the 2010 Chick-Fil-A Bowl, make their picks for the national championship game and look ahead to the men's and women's Duke basketball series this week.

    Doak Insider Podcast - January 10th

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    Buster Posey is EVERYWHERE

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    Chick-fil-A Bowl Game Recap

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