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    Doak Insider Podcast - June 30th

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

    On this episode of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys continue their season preview with the Maryland Terrapins. They also discuss Chris Singleton's selection in the first round of the NBA Draft and new baseball pitching coach Mike Bell.

    If you would prefer to download the podcast to your iPod or other .mp3 device click here.

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    Good Dog

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    Just ran across an old ESPN college football commercial that I thought all Seminole fans would enjoy!

    Instant Analysis: The addition of Jeff Peterson

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    The Florida State men's basketball team's 2011-12 season doesn't start for another five months but that didn't stop Leonard Hamilton's program from making headlines Wednesday afternoon.

    The announcement that former Arkansas starting point guard Jeff Peterson will be transferring to FSU with one year of immediate-eligibility playing time still left is big news. Not necessarily because of his scoring or ball-distributing ability, but because of his leadership and experience.

    Peterson, who averaged 6.3 ppg and 2.4 apg last season at Arkansas, doesn't have gaudy eye-popping stats but he makes up for it with his character. 

    As a team coming off a Sweet 16 appearance that lost its best player (Chris Singleton) and top floor leader (Derwin Kitchen), that's a good thing.

    Peterson will have the opportunity to step right in and compete for the starting job with rising sophomore Ian Miller and fellow final-year man Luke Luocks. Should he win that job, a two-senior rotation at the point isn't a bad thing and Miller will have the added bonus of blossoming into the superstar many expect him to be while learning from a player like Peterson, who has excelled both on the court and in the classroom.

    FSU still has the tall task of replacing Singleton but Wednesday's addition of Peterson certainly made the program stronger than it was a day earlier.

    Best First Pitch Ever

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    Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel, who spoke with this past spring, thinks that Jimbo Fisher could continue a trend of second-year head coaches winning national championships in the last decade.

    Check out Mandel's mailbag here where he talks about the excitement surrounding the FSU defense and quarterback EJ Manuel.

    What do you think? Do the Seminoles have a legitimate shot to hoist the trophy in January at the end of Fisher's second season?

    First impressions: NCAA Football 12

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    EA Sports released the demo for its new NCAA Football 12 video game on June 28 and Florida State fans should be excited. The Seminoles are really good in this year's game; especially on defense. 

    I downloaded it to my Playstation 3 late Tuesday night and because FSU is one of the four teams that you can play with, I had the chance to see firsthand what the team looks like this year. Since it is a demo, you can't access the roster and therefore cannot sub players or see how good the backups are. But you can play two minute quarters against Alabama and it's pretty evident that the 'Noles' defense is lights out. 

    In eight minutes of game action, I shut out the Crimson Tide and had four sacks and a pick-six. I recommend downloading the demo and playing with the Seminoles as soon as possible. The graphics are much improved this year and you cannot beat seeing Osceola and Renegade in the pregame. 

    The full game comes out on July 12 and in case you missed my post a few months ago, here is a custom cover for the Playstation 3 that I found on the Internet. If you don't want Mark Ingram on the cover, just print this out and show off FSU's former quarterback Christian Ponder.


    Click the photo to access a larger, printable version.

    Chris Singleton introductory press conference

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    Click here to watch today's press conference with the newest Washington Wizards player, former Florida State star Chris Singleton.

    FSU is in the semifinals; vote now

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    Florida State has made it to the semifinal round of SportsNation and EA's "NCAA Football Traditions" contest. The tradition of Osceola and Renegade slamming the flaming spear into midfield is up against Notre Dame's pregame ritual of tapping the "Play Like A Champion Today" sign.

    This should be no contest. FSU has already taken out Florida and LSU in the opening two rounds.

    The winning school gets hundreds of free copies of the new NCAA Football 12 game.

    Click here to vote now.
    Matt Hinton aka "Dr. Saturday" with a legit piece on FSU superstar Greg Reid. Click here to read the story at Yahoo!

    Countdown to Kickoff Photos: 67 days

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    Recognize this guy?

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    Hint: he competed in two sports at FSU and now plays professionally for a team in the northeast.

      Cromartie (action indoor 2)

    Dix Wins At 200 Meters At U.S. Nationals

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    Walter Dix completed the 100-200 sprint double at the US championships in Eugene, Ore., meaning he'll be the headliner on an American world team that will be missing Tyson GayLolo Jones, and a handful of other regulars. Dix completed the double yesterday by running the 200 meters in a wind-aided 19.95 seconds for a .03 margin over Darvis Patton. Dix will head to worlds in South Korea in August as America's best sprinter, which puts him squarely on world record-holder Usain Bolt's radar with the Olympics coming up in a year.

    Home Run Legends: Buster Posey

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    "I Love...Broccoli"

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    Football Cops

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    Seems like the Manning brothers have plenty of time on their hands this NFL offseason:

    Thursday Newsstand - June 23rd

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    Below is a look at the headlines regarding Florida State athletics from across the country:

    Updated college football preseason Top 10

    Strongest and weakest positions in the ACC

    Q&A with new USD linebackers coach Buster Davis|topnews|text|Sports

    Mens Basketball:
    Former Florida State standout Chris Singleton could be NBA lottery pick

    Chris Singleton said FSU helped him for NBA Draft,0,777970.story

    NBA Mock Draft

    Video Chris Singleton Prospect Profile:

    2011 NBA Mock Draft 4.0

    Mock draft: Tandem approach to sorting out prospects!/nba/story/15256275/mock-draft-tandem-approach-to-sorting-out-prospects

    Top Draft 2011 Prospects

    Doak Insider Podcast - June 22nd

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

    On this episode of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys discuss the arrival of the number one ranked recruiting class, they preview the Seminoles North Carolina road swing to Wake Forest and Duke and examine the early preseason football polls.

    If you would prefer to download the podcast to your iPod or other .mp3 device click here. Mock Draft

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    In their latest NBA mock draft, Sports Illustrated has Florida State Seminole forward Chris Singleton headed to the New York Knicks to team up with former Seminole Toney Douglas.

    Chris Singleton
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    The Knicks have attempted to move up to nab players like Fredette and Klay Thompson who fit the mold of coach Mike D'Antoni, but they also realize the need to shore up their woeful defense. Few, if any, do that as well in this draft class as Singleton. Motiejunas is also an option. A source said he worked out for the Knicks on Tuesday and played well.VIDEO

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    'Let's Go Jimbo': The Internet at its best

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    Have I mentioned my affection for the Internet? Check out this gem.

    Built for speed

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    Pro Wrestling Wednesday - June 22nd

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    What happens when you mix pro wrestling and football?  Perfection!

    The Florida State football team has been viewed as a contender in many preseason top 10 polls but they have yet to crack the top spot.  That all changed today as published their latest projections which has the Noles in the top spot.  Here is what they have to say:

    "The Seminoles have just enough meat on their schedule to be national contenders.  While they do play Miami, Clemson and Florida, they also get Duke and Virginia.  They'll have to solidify their quarterback play, but if the offense stalls midfield, Dustin Hopkins can bail them out - he can kick 60-yard field goals with room to spare.  That's a huge weapon to have."

    What do you think of projections?

    Florida State Football

    Florida State announces change in baseball staff

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State director of athletics Randy Spetman and baseball coach Mike Martin announced Tuesday that by mutual agreement, associate head coach Jamey Shouppe is leaving the university.


    "Jamey is a great Seminole and will be truly missed by our baseball program," Martin said. "We all wish Jamey and his family the very best as he engages in other opportunities."


    Shouppe just completed his 21st season on Martin's Florida State staff, having served in a variety of roles including recruiting coordinator and pitching coach, before adding associate head coach responsibilities over the past nine years.


    Jamey Shouppe statement:


    "I am proud of my accomplishments at FSU. I feel that I leave today with the FSU baseball program healthy and the tradition strong. It is leaving the players that makes this so difficult. I have been blessed to have recruited and worked with so many great young men. Their impact on my life is immeasurable. Many of them have reached out to me in the last couple days. They are the reason I enjoyed coaching, and they will be what I miss most about coaching at FSU."


    "Florida State will always remain my university. I have absolutely no regrets and I am proud of my time as a Seminole." 

    FSU advances to quarterfinals of SportsNation Poll

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    FSU smashed Florida in the opening round of the SportsNation and EA's "NCAA Football Traditions" poll thanks to all your votes.  The Seminoles are now in the second round where they face LSU.

    Click here to push the 'Noles forward.

    Are you ready for football season?

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    EJText.jpg Q&A: Chris Singleton

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    Chris Singleton knows that the NBA isn't all about scoring. Every team appreciates someone who can bring a little defense to the table.

    The 6-foot-9, 230-pound junior out of Florida State University is the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and he is high on a lot of draft boards because of his strength, athleticism and ability to create problems at the defensive end.

    "He does a lot of things well defensively," Nuggets scouting director Mike Bratz said. "He's a terrific athlete and has great size. He's going to be a really good NBA player. I think he can step in and play right away."

    Singleton, who helped Seminoles reach the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons, averaged 13.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks in 2010-11. He is the only player in Florida State history to finish in the top 10 in career steals and blocked shots.

    After showcasing his skills in a predraft workout Friday at the Pepsi Center, Singleton took time to sit down and answer some questions with

    Q: How did the workout go?
    A: I think it went well. I got to go up and down a lot, especially in 2-on-2 drills. I felt like I was able to show a lot in this workout. I think it went good.

    Q: How is this workout different than other workouts you have had with other teams so far?
    A: We did a lot of 2-on-2, up and down, where other stuff was more half court 1-on-1. I feel like we got to show a lot more camaraderie with the teamwork you were able build with the new players. I think that was good.

    Q: What has been the difference playing here at elevation as opposed to playing at sea level at Florida State?
    A: I felt like it like was pretty tough at the start. You have to wait a second to catch your breath, but I think when I was able to get going once, I got my second wind. It takes a lot out of you especially at the defensive end.

    Q: What do you think your strengths as a player are right now?
    A: Definitely my defense. I am also a team player, which is what I am going to bring right off the bat. I feel like my offense and ball creating abilities are going to come along.

    Q: What are you trying to prove to the coaches and GM's in these workouts?
    A: People had a lot of doubts in my shooting consistency and creating off the dribble. That is what I have been working on the most, especially during this transition from college to the NBA. That is what I am going to continue to work on for right now, but I will still work on my defense. Those are my two focuses.

    Q: Who do you think you model your game most after?
    A: I model my game after Scottie Pippen and Magic Johnson. I feel like they did so much on the court and that is what I like doing.

    Q: As an upperclassman, how did staying those three years help develop you as a player?
    A: It made me more ready, especially with all my coaches being able to participate in the NBA before. I felt that was good. They gave me lots of things to go off of, especially during this time. I am going to continue to listen to them and gain knowledge.

    Q: What do you know about the Nuggets and city of Denver?
    A: I just got done talking with Coach Karl, and like a lot of teams right now, they are looking for a little defense and what someone can bring to the table right off the bat. A lot of people can score; I mean everyone can score in the NBA. I think my defense is what probably sets me aside from other players.

    This Takes PSA's To A Whole New Level

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    Coming to Theatres: 'Moneyball'

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    Very rarely do I get excited about sports movies. The beauty of the game is that it can never truly be recreated. 

    Of course, there are exceptions to this rule and every so often a sports movie comes out that changes my opinion. I think that this will be one of those movies. 

    Based off the book of the same name, "Moneyball" is about Billy Beane's unorthodox method of building the Oakland A's. The trailer for the movie was released today. 

    P.S. I have another general rule of thumb: I see any movie that Jonah Hill is in, even it ultimately turns out to be a terrible decision. (I'm looking at you, "Get Him to the Greek")


    FSU vs. UF - Vote Now

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    ESPN's SportsNation is currently working with EA Sports to promote the new NCAA Football 12 video game with a tournament of team traditions that will be featured in this year's edition.  

    One of the first matchups is FSU (Osceola and Renegade) vs. UF (rubbing a gator head). 

    Click here to vote.

    Countdown to Kickoff Photos: 81 Days

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    Doak Insider Podcast - June 13th

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

    On this episode of the Doak Insider Podcast the guys preview the Seminoles first road game against Clemson, they preview the super regional showdown against Texas A&M, offer their opinions on how not to hire a football coach and breakdown the NBA finals.

    If you would prefer to download the podcast to your iPod or other .mp3 device click here.

    Monday Newsstand - June 13th

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    Below is a look at headlines regarding Florida State athletics from across the country:

    Seminoles Batter Aggies to Tie Series

    Seminoles trample Texas A&M 23-9, force Game 3

    FSU's ace Sean Gilmartin loses in Super Regional opener

    FSU splits first two with Texas A&M

    Six Seminoles drafted in last week's MLB Draft

    Florida State blows out Texas A&M in Super Regional,0,5495841.story

    FSU Supers Extras (Video): Notes and quotes that missed the cut

    VIDEO: Breaking down the Florida State-Texas A&M Super Regional

    Recapping Saturday's super regionals

    Florida State, Florida set for challenge of super regionals

    Florida State Seminoles on a Sunday? Our college football insider says 'Yes'

    Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Christian Ponder: An Exclusive Interview

    FSU Soccer Summer Update

    FSU'S Makusha Breaks College 100-Meter Mark

    Florida State Long Jumper Closes on Third National Title

    Florida State, Florida finish 2-3 in NCAA track championships,0,1858803.story

    FSU's Makusha sets NCAA record in 100, wins long jump

    Texas A&M pulls off dual three-peat at NCAA track championships,0,814958.story

    Men's NCAA track: Florida State's Makusha sets NCAA record in 100

    NCAA Track: Seminole sets mark, must wait to rejoice

    Kim Williams lands in FSU record books|head

    Ngoni Makusha is Fast

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    Check out FSU junior sprinter/jumper Ngoni Makusha run the fastest 100m dash in the history (yes, history) of collegiate track.


    Friday Newsstand - June 10th

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    Below is a look at headlines regarding Florida State athletics from across the country:

    Seminoles Thriving on Ramsey's Unselfishness

    Making the case for the ACC's baseball dominance

    Video: FSU pitcher Sean Gilmartin reflects on MLB draft, Atlanta Braves

    Super Regional: Texas A&M at Florida State

    Seminoles set to hold Super Regional against Texas A&M

    FSU, UF baseball motivated for super regionals

    Gators, 'Noles baseball teams two wins from hitting Omaha

    Wellington's Devon Travis, Boynton's 2003 Little League star, is making an impact at FSU


    Florida State Long Jumper Closes on Third National Title

    FSU long jumper Makusha excels

    Women's Basketball:
    Wyckoff Hired As Assistant

    Women's Soccer:

    U.S. U-23 WNT to End Cycle with Three Matches in Sweden

    U-20 WNT Defeats Japan with Goals from Cobb and Brian

    FSU's Chief Osceola/Renegade in Running For Traditions Tournament

    Lebron Is No Jordan

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    With the NBA Finals in full swing we decided that this YouTube video is very appropriate.  Scottie Pippen recently commented that Lebron James may one day be a better player than Michael Jordan.  Well the "King" has a long way to go before he can overtake the greatest to ever play!

    Countdown to Kickoff Photos: 85 Days

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    First Look: 2011 Florida State Football Poster

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    Here is your first look at the 2011 Florida State football poster.  Ordering details coming soon as well as free desktop wallpapers.

    Countdown to Kickoff Photos: 88 Days

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    Countdown to Kickoff Photos: 92 Days

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    Countdown to Kickoff Photos: 93 Days

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    Ponder Leading Vikings Workouts in Bradenton

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    Check out this great video feature from on former FSU quarterback Christian Ponder and his leading of Vikings workouts at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. 

    FSU's second Heisman winner, Chris Weinke, also makes an appearance.

    Countdown to Kickoff Photos: 94 Days

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