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    "Final Fork" Champion

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    FSU grad Maurice Leo ('90) appeared on the Rachael Ray show today. Basketball fever is in the air and four NCAA fans traveled to Rachael's kitchen to represent their home teams in a "Final Fork" cooking challenge. Maurice represented Florida State with a Seminole Sliders - Pork Parmesan Cutlets dish. Maurice's competed against contestants from the University of Kentucky, BYU and Marquette.


    Not only did Maurice Leo compete, she won the "Final Fork" cooking challenge. Congrats Mo!

    The complete recipe is listed below:

    Ingredients

    • ·       1 pork tenderloin, sliced thin and pounded
    • ·       Salt and pepper
    • ·       Wondra flour, for coating
    • ·       2 eggs
    • ·       Plain breadcrumbs
    • ·       A handful Italian parsley
    • ·       About 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, divided
    • ·       2 garlic cloves, minced
    • ·       Olive oil or canola oil, for frying
    • ·       1 ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
    • ·       1 cup Italian tomato sauce
    • ·       Slider rolls

     

    Preparation

    Dip cutlets in Wondra mixed with salt and pepper.

    Beat eggs in a shallow dish with a splash of water. Dip cutlets in egg wash

    Dredge cutlets in breadcrumbs mixed with parsley, half the cheese, salt, pepper and garlic.

    Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add cutlets and quickly fry cutlets until golden brown. Remove and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

    Add some tomato sauce to the frying pan. Add cooked cutlets back to the pan and top with a little grated parm, additional sauce and a slice of mozzarella. Cover pan to melt cheese.

    Serve cutlets on slider rolls.

    Doak Insider Podcast - March 31st

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

    The NCAA basketball tournament is a wrap for the Florida State men's basketball team and the guys recap the Noles Sweet 16 run. They also discuss the upcoming spring football scrimmage, the baseball win over Florida and delve into the scandals surrounding college football.

    Doak Insider Podcast - March 31st

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    Pondering The NFL Draft

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    ESPN.com NFL writer John Clayton thinks Christian Ponder may be headed to either the San Francisco 49ers or the Cincinnati Bengals in the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft.

    Q: What do you see the 49ers doing in the draft? Since it doesn't look like they can trade for Kevin Kolb before the draft, do you see them targeting someone like Andy Dalton or Christian Ponder in the second round and going defensive with their first pick?

    Joe in Erie, Pa.

    A: That's exactly what I think they will do -- defense first, quarterback second. One problem is getting the quarterback in the second round. Florida State's Ponder isn't going to fall below Cincinnati's pick in the second round, and there is a chance TCU's Dalton could be gone by the time San Francisco picks in the second round (45th overall). What might have to happen is the 49ers trade up in the lower part of the first round or top of the second to get the quarterback whom they prefer.

    Buster Posey Set For MVP Season?

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    SI.com writer Jon Heyman is on the Buster Posey bandwagon and believes the second year catcher for the San Francisco Giants is poised for a huge year:

    Buster Posey will win the National League MVP. Sure, Albert Pujols could easily take it as he heads toward free agency. And so could his teammate Matt Holliday, who seems fully comfortable a year after signing his own big deal to stay in St. Louis.

    But Posey is primed for a monster year with the pressure off after leading the Giants to a World Series championship despite beginning last year in the minors. As one scout said, once Posey learns how to pull the ball, he could be unstoppable.


    Read more: http://ow.ly/4puBd 

    Spring Practice Report: March 29

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    Top 25 Spring Player: Brandon Jenkins

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    Matt Hayes of Sporting News.com is out with his annual Spring 25 - the best 25 players in college football.  It is great to see that Florida State defensive end Brandon Jenkins cracked the top ten.


    Brandon Jenkins Sporting News Today 2011

    Doak Insider Podcast - March 24th

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

    The FSU men's basketball team is headed to the Sweet 16 and the guys discuss their two wins over Texas A&M and Notre Dame and what it will take to beat VCU. The guys also recap the first week of spring football practice and discuss whistle-gate.

    Doak Insider Podcast - March 24th

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    Great Moments In History With Gus Johnson

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    It wouldn't be March Madness without the best TV play-by-play in college basketball.  But what would it have been like if Gus was there to call some of the top moments in history?  Now we don't have to wonder any longer.

    Nine Three's For Toney Douglas

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    The way former Seminole Toney Douglas was shooting last night he could have hit a three from back in Tallahassee.

    Doak Insider Podcast - March 17th

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

    The NCAA Tournament is underway and both the men's and women's basketball teams are preparing to play. The guys also recap FSU Pro Day and predict Christian Ponder's draft stock. Scott Kotick previews the FSU vs. Virginia baseball series and the guys discuss the football press conference with Jimbo Fisher and EJ Manuel.

    Doak Insider Podcast - March 17th

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    FSU Turns From Hunter To Hunted

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    The NCAA basketball tournament always seems to produce more than its fair share of stories and Florida State's involvement in The Big Dance on the men's side certainly fills that bill.  During this first week of the tournament, we thought it could be interesting to take a brief insider's look at FSU's appearances since 1987...


    Associate AD Rob Wilson shares his memories from the Florida State Seminoles NCAA Tournament runs.


    Florida State surprised the basketball world with their tremendous success in their first year in the ACC and advancing to within a game of the Elite Eight in the NCAA in 1991-92, but there would be no sneaking up on anyone in 1992-93. 

               

    The Seminoles boasted virtually the same lineup from a year before with the only real drama being when quarterback/point guard Charlie Ward would join the team.

               

    The ACC blue-blood media wagged figurative fingers at FSU suggesting there was no way the upstarts would do to the proud league what they did the year before. 

               

    Ward was still sore from the pounding he took against Nebraska's defense in winning the football national championship game in the Orange Bowl when he dressed out for the first time against Virginia.  FSU loss to the Cavs, but settled the lineup and lost just once in its next 14 games.  The Seminoles finished the regular season 22-8 and 12-4 in the ACC repeating as regular season runners-up.

    Whipping Into The Sweet 16 In 91-92

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    The NCAA basketball tournament always seems to produce more than its fair share of stories and Florida State's involvement in The Big Dance on the men's side certainly fills that bill.  During this first week of the tournament, we thought it could be interesting to take a brief insider's look at FSU's appearances since 1987...


    Associate AD Rob Wilson shares his memories from the Florida State Seminoles NCAA Tournament runs.


    Florida State was loaded during the 1991-92 and 1993-94 seasons.  Just how good were the Seminoles as they entered the vaunted ACC?  So good that several of the long-time ACC media members still hold a grudge for the upstarts not paying a penitence.  And so good that one long-time ACC coach, when asked what he thought the best team in ACC history was, answered that there had only been one with four first round draft picks and that was FSU (Doug Edwards, Bob Sura, Sam Cassell and Charlie Ward).

               

    The Seminoles finished their first-ever ACC season at 11-5 and second in the conference.  The 'Noles beat NC State in the first round of the ACC before losing by four to North Carolina with an NCAA Tournament bid already sewn up.

               

    FSU's 20-9 regular season record was good enough to earn a No. 3 seed in the NCAA West Regional.  The Seminoles were shipped to a star-studded first round site in Boise, Idaho that included LSU with a super-sized freshman Shaquille O'Neal and a vaunted Georgetown team. 

               

    The Seminoles defeated first-round opponent Montana 78-68 but it wasn't without drama.  Star guard and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward's dislocated his shoulder in the win and would miss the second round game.  Back in Tallahassee, FSU quarterback coach Mark Richt gathered his spilled popcorn in front of the TV as soon as he saw it was Ward's non-throwing shoulder.  I can tell you that Boise police were not impressed with the urgency I exuded in racing Ward to the team hotel after the game in the rental car.  Not impressed at all!

    Laid Out In LA In 1998

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    The NCAA basketball tournament always seems to produce more than its fair share of stories and Florida State's involvement in The Big Dance on the men's side certainly fills that bill.  During this first week of the tournament, we thought it could be interesting to take a brief insider's look at FSU's appearances since 1987...


    Associate AD Rob Wilson shares his memories from the Florida State Seminoles NCAA Tournament runs.


    My first association with the NCAA and FSU came in 1988 when Pat Kennedy's second Seminole team was selected for the Tournament field for the first time in seven years and the fifth time in school history.  As background, Florida State played in the 1968 NCAA's losing in the first round to East Tennessee State.  Our trip in the 1972 NCAA Tournament should be familiar to everyone as we just had a reunion of that National Championship runner-up team that accomplished so much.  We lost in the first round of the NCAA in 1978 to Kentucky and were eliminated by the Wildcats again, but this time in the second round.

     

    Dawn the Pat Kennedy coaching era.  We must remember these were different times and our staff at that time might have been known for making sure we took full advantage of all the activities an away venue might have to offer.  So when FSU was announced with Los Angeles as the site, the Moore Center was up for grabs.

     

    The first round matchup against Iowa looked problematic on paper and proved to be just that for our wet-behind-the-ears Seminoles in vaunted Pauley Pavilion.  B.J. Armstong, who would go on to a successful NBA career with Michael Jordan and the Bulls, was a relative nobody at point guard for the Hawkeyes who looked at one point like they were going to run us out of the gym.

    Can We Get Gus To Call Our Game?

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    The Noles will face the Texas A&M Aggies in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 4:10 p.m. EST.  The only question that remained was who will be calling the game on TBS.  We found out today that the crew calling the action will be Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel and Jamie Maggio.

    It may not be proper to lobby for an announcer but fans of the Seminoles would like to have Gus Johnson call at least one of our games this post-season.  This cat was wound up at the end of the Pac-10 tournament.

    For a complete list of announcers click here.

    Ponder On NFL Preparation

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    Pure Comic Genius

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    Dick Vitale Is Fired Up

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    Coach Vitale is very unhappy with teams selected to the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament.  Do you think he has a good argument?  Let us know below.

    Bernard James: A Journey Back To Basketball

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    For most aspiring college basketball players time is spent inside of basketball gyms and at AAU tournaments crafting their game.

    Yet for Florida State junior Bernard James his game was developed on the sand swept outdoor courts of Camp Bucca, Iraq where he was stationed with the U.S. Airforce.

    James journey is chronicled in this audio feature by Ryan Pensy.

    Bernard James: A Journey Back To Basketball

    Crazy Trick Shots From Alexa Deluzio

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    The Harlem Globetrotters were in town last night and they have nothing on Florida State sophomore Alexa Deluzio with these trick shots:

    Doak Insider Podcast - March 10th

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

    After a nearly one month hiatus the Doak Insider Podcast is back. On this edition the guys preview the ACC men's basketball tournament, look ahead to Seminole Pro Day and spring football practice. They also ponder the question if Charlie Sheen is the real life Rick Vaugh from Major League.

    Doak Insider Podcast - March 10th

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    From Seminoles.com To ESPN.com

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    Former Seminoles.com video producer Reid Ferrin has hit it big landing an interview with ESPN analyst Jalen Rose for the upcoming 30 for 30 documentary on the Fab 5.  Way to go Reid.

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