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    Photo: New turf for FSU's 'turf room'

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    Florida State's multi-use indoor turf room on the second floor of the Moore Center is undergoing a facelift.

    New Astroturf is currently being installed for the use of FSU's student-athletes. Here's a photo I took Tuesday morning:

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    Stay tuned for a new photo once the project is complete.
    No description necessary for this Blake Griffin dunk last night; it speaks for itself:


    On a personal note, can the Magic trade Dwight Howard for Griffin and DeAndre Jordan already? Please?
    Courtesy of PhilSteele.com:

    #8 Florida St - The Seminoles were a darkhorse pick for the National Title last year but an injury to QB Manuel saw the Noles drop to 2-3 at one point in the season. FSU would respond to win 7 of its last 8 games including wins over Florida and Notre Dame in the bowl to cap off the season and this year they return 15 starters including QB Manuel and defensive stars DL Jenkins and DB Reid. FSU looks to also bring in one of the best frosh classes in the country and should clearly be the favorites in the ACC.

    To see the full blog post on Phil Steele's website, click here.
    The official re-broadcast of Seminole Gametime: Bowl Edition was posted to Seminoles.com earlier and the 23-minute video ends with an appropriate quote from Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher.

    After defeating Notre Dame, 18-14, in the Champs Sports Bowl, Fisher addressed his team with a post-game speech that ended with the quote, "There's more out there for us if you will believe in what we're doing and have the attention to detail to do things you can do, we are going to start putting some rings on these fingers."

    To see the whole video, click here.

    Excellent job by Jim Garbarino and the entire Seminole Productions staff to put the feature together as well as Tom Block, who hosted the show.

    Xavier Gibson: 'Sleeping Giant'

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    ESPN3.com blacked out in 8 states for FSU vs. Georgia Tech

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    The Florida State men's basketball game against Georgia Tech on Feb. 1 will air live online at ESPN3.com but it will be blacked out in the following areas:

    -Maine

    -New Hampshire

    -Vermont

    -Massachusetts

    -North and South Carolina

    -Georgia

    -Florida

    The game will also air live on the ACC Network. Tickets are still available by clicking here.

    If you aren't one of the many Florida State fans that has purchased men's basketball tickets in the last week and half, you might want to join the party.

    According to the marketing and ticket offices at FSU, 2,700 men's basketball tickets to various upcoming games have been sold since the Seminoles crushed then-No. 3 North Carolina on Jan. 14.  

    FSU is currently on a five-game winning streak in the Atlantic Coast Conference -- its longest such streak since 1993 -- and is currently first in the conference. 

    The Seminoles' next game is Feb. 1 at home against Georgia Tech. There also home games against Virginia (Feb. 4), Miami (Feb. 11), Virginia Tech (Feb. 16) and the highly anticipated rematch with Duke (Feb. 23) in the coming weeks so be sure to visit the online ticket office or call 1-888-FSU-NOLE today to secure your seats.

    The official hashtag on Twitter for Florida State's push to fill up the Donald L. Tucker Center for these games is #PackTheTuck.


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    VIDEO: Leonard Hamilton talks win over Wake Forest

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    ESPN on FSU's campus for signing day

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    In addition to all of the National Signing Day features on Seminoles.com next Wednesday, ESPN will also be at Florida State covering what should be another great Seminoles recruiting class.


    Courtesy of ESPNMediaZone3.com:

    ESPNU will televise the most comprehensive coverage of National Signing Day to date on Wednesday, Feb. 1 beginning at 9 a.m. ET with 10-hours of live multiplatform coverage. The seventh annual ESPNU National Signing Day Special will once again originate from the ESPNU Charlotte, N.C. studios, be simulcast on ESPN3 and include live look-ins on SportsCenter throughout the day.  

    Hosted by Rece Davis and Dari Nowkhah the ESPNU National Signing DaySpecial will feature comprehensive ESPN analysis from an assembled team of experienced and knowledgeable experts in scouting, recruiting, playing and coaching college football. Senior national recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill and recruiting analyst Craig Haubert will be joined in-studio by former head coaches Mike Bellotti, Randy Shannon and Butch Davis, college football analysts Rod Gilmore and David Pollack, regional coordinators Corey Long, Jamie Newberg and ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach.

    ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit and Lou Holtz will also provide commentary throughout the day in addition to the unique perspective of ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer.

    2012 ESPNU National Signing Day Special highlights:

    Around the nation coverage from ESPN reporters at 13 college campuses - eight of which are in Schlabach's Top 10 early rankings on ESPN.com - including 2012 BCS National Champions Alabama and BCS participants LSU, Michigan andClemson, as well as Florida State, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Penn State, USC, Oregon and Notre Dame.

    FSU vs. Georgia Tech added to ESPN3.com simulcast schedule

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    ESPN Full Court schedule has been confirmed for Saturday, 1/21 - Friday, 2/3.  In addition to original television designation, Florida State's game against Georgia Tech on Feb. 1 will be featured on ESPN3.com.

    For a link to the broadcast, click here.

    Bowden blog post: 'Called to Coach: Called to Serve'

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    I recently had a e-mail sent to me from someone at the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics at John Brown University. The e-mail contained a link to the Soderquist Center's blog in which a story of former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden was featured.

    Here's a link to that blog post, in which a former college recruiter for Procter & Gamble talks about working with Bowden while he was coaching the Seminoles:

    FSU vs. Duke watching party at Tomahawk Sports Bar

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    Join fellow Seminoles fans at Tomahawk Sports Bar and Grill this Saturday to watch your FSU Men's Basketball team take on the Duke Blue Devils live on ESPN at 4pm. Tomahawk will have food and drink specials including $2 appetizers, with a purchase of any specialty Coach "Ham"burger, and $12 domestic buckets. Seminole Sports Marketing will be doing a grand prize giveaway at halftime, but you must be present to enter and win!

    Eye on the opponent: Venables to coach Clemson's defense

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    A week after firing Kevin Steele, Clemson has found its new defensive coordinator.

    News broke Wednesday night that Oklahoma assistant Brent Venables will replace Steele as the Tigers' new defensive coordinator. Venables had been the defensive coordinator for the Sooners since 2004.

    "BV to Clemson. Go Tigers," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney wrote in a text message according to Travis Sawchik of The (Charleston) Post and Courier.

    Under Venables, Oklahoma finished 55th in the nation in total defense in 2011.

    Rob Rang of CBSSports.com has posted a list of 231 college prospects that have reportedly been invited to the 2012 NFL Draft Combine Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis Ind. and five former Florida State football players are on the list.

    On offense, Andrew Datko and Zebrie Sanders have been invited among offensive linemen.

    Defensively, Nigel Bradham will work with the linebackers in Lucas Oil Stadium and Mike Harris will test with the defensive backs.

    Shawn Powell, the nation's leading punter last season, also reportedly received an invite. According to NFLDraftScout.com, Powell is the draft's No. 3-rated punter.

    NFLDraftScout.com also lists Sanders as the draft's fourth-best offensive tackle and Datko as the sixth-best in the same group. Bradham is regarded as the 14th-best outside linebacker according to those same rankings and Harris is the No. 42-ranked cornerback.

    To see the full list of reported invitees and their rankings on CBSSports.com, click here.

    This Week in Seminole Athletics: Jan. 16-22

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    Football

    On the evening of national signing day, Fisher and all of his assistant coaches will unveil the Seminoles' 2012 class complete with highlights of each signee. Become a part of this historic event by attending Jimbo Fisher's National Signing Day Party at the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum, 6800 Mahan Drive on February 1st. To purchase tickets click HERE.

     

    Basketball

    Men's Basketball

    The Noles picked up a HUGE victory this past Saturday afternoon against #3 UNC.  The sold-out crowd saw Coach Hamilton's team absolutely dismantle the Tar Heels by a score of 90-57.  Deividas Dulkys simply could not miss, scoring 32 points in the route.  Dulkys would go on to win ACC player of the week for his performance.  The team is back in action TONIGHT at 9PM vs. Maryland.  This is a very important game as the Noles look to build off that impressive win.

     

    Women's Basketball

    Down by 19 points a minute into the second half, the Florida State women's basketball team could've folded against No. 13/11 Miami on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Instead, led by sophomore forward Natasha Howard (22 points, career-best 17 rebounds), the Seminoles fought their way back to tie the game with 37 seconds left, before the Hurricanes ultimately escaped with a 60-57 victory. The Seminoles return to action at Boston College at 7pm on Thursday before returning home to host Georgia Tech at 2pm on Sunday 

    Georgia Tech is Samaritan's Feet night as all Seminoles are encouraged to donate a new pair of shoes for underprivileged youth. Coach Sue and the Seminole coaching staff will coach "Barefoot for Bare Feet" in order to call attention to the 300 million children in the world who are at risk of disease, infection and death due to not owning a single pair of shoes. Those who want to help provide shoes to children in need can text the number 85944, keyword SHOES and a one-time $10 gift will be donated to Samaritan's Feet through their cell phone bill. As a thank you, all fans who bring a pair of new shoes on Sunday will be entered to win a signed basketball by the team, make sure you sign up at the marketing table.

    For more information on the Florida State women's basketball team follow the Seminoles on Twitter at @FSU_WBasketball.

     

    Softball

    Head coach Lonni Alameda has announced the team's 2012 regular-season schedule, which includes several challenging opponents, five different tournaments, and two home games that will be aired on ESPNU! The season starts February 10th as we host the Seminole Classic here at JoAnne Graf Field. For a completed schedule click HERE.

    Follow the FSU Softball team on Twitter @fsu softball

     

    Baseball

    The Florida State baseball team will open the 2012 season ranked among the nation's best. The Seminoles are ranked No. 13 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's pre-season top 40.

    Florida State returns 19 players from last year's squad that advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals. The Seminoles welcome back all four starting infielders in Jayce Boyd, Devon Travis, Justin Gonzalez and Sherman Johnson. James Ramsey and Seth Miller return as starters in the outfield for the Garnet & Gold, while Ramsey will be slotted as the Noles starting centerfielder in 2012. Seniors Hunter Scantling and Brian Busch will pace the Seminoles on the mound.

    There will be plenty of new faces to become familiar with this spring as the Seminoles welcome 17 newcomers in a class, which was ranked 16th-nationally by Collegiate Baseball.

    Two Seminoles have earned pre-season honors. Senior James Ramsey and junior Devon Travis were honored by the NCBWA as second and third team honorees, respectively. Ramsey and Travis also earned second team accolades on the 2012 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American team.  

    The annual FSU Baseball Fan Day for the 2012 season is set for Sunday, February 12th. Florida State opens the season with a three-game home stand against the Hofstra Pride beginning Friday, February 17th at Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.

    Log-on to the BASEBALL section of Seminoles.com or follow the 'Noles on Twitter @FSU_Baseball for updates and more information.

     

    Swimming and Diving

    The Florida State women's team picked up two victories this weekend over both Georgia Tech 185-106 and North Carolina State, 160-135. The men's team went 1-1 on the day, edging out the Yellow Jackets 162.5-137.5 and dropped one to the Wolfpack, 176-122. With those performances, the women's team finished the dual mean season with a perfect ACC record of 5-0 and 11-1 overall. The men posted a record of 6-3, 2-2 in the ACC.

    This concludes dual meet competition for the season. The next meet for the Seminoles will be the ACC Championships, which are schedule for Feb.15-18 for the women and both men's and women's diving. The men's portion of the event will follow on Feb.22-25. Both championships will be held at Christiansburg, Va. 

    For updates and stats follow @fsu_swimming and on Seminoles.com.

     

    Tennis

    Men's Tennis

    For the first time since 1988, the No. 44 Florida State men's tennis team (3-0) has started the season shutting out its first three opponents. The Seminoles stopped Florida A&M 7-0 then shut down Troy 7-0 on Monday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Florida State stormed the courts to take a quick lead winning all three of the doubles matches against Florida A&M. In the night bout against Troy, the Seminoles once again came out strong in doubles not showing and wear from the earlier match. Florida State hosts the Seminole Quad this weekend as they face South Alabama, UAB and Furman. All matches are played at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. 

    Women's Tennis

    Despite not having one senior or having any individuals ranked in singles and doubles, the Florida State Women's tennis team will begin their season ranked No.17. This ranking is the second highest ranking in school history, next to the No.15 spot the Seminoles received heading into the 2011 season. The next set of rankings for teams, doubles and singles will come out on Jan. 24. Returning to the court this season for the Noles is redshirt Junior Noemie Scharle, junior Amy Sargaent, junior Francesca Segarelli and sophomore Ruth Seaborne. They will be joined by newcomers in junior Carolina De los Santos, freshman Mia Vriens and freshman Leyla Erkan. Florida State's first match is set for this Saturday at 12pm at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center against Central Florida. Times and locations are subject to change. Check back to Seminoles.com and twitter for updates.

    Follow the Noles all season long on Twitter - FSU Men's Tennis and FSU Women's Tennis and be sure to call (850) 645-GAME for weather updates.

     

    Sand Volleyball

    With the courts built and the team practices underway, the inaugural year for Florida State Sand Volleyball has begun! Make sure you check out the spring schedule here. Mark your calendars for the sand volleyball ribbon cutting ceremony this Friday, January 20th. The ribbon cutting will begin at 12:00pm and will be followed with a team meet and greet and light hors d'oeuvres.

    For more information on the Florida State Sand Volleyball team follow the Seminoles on Twitter at @FSU_SVB.


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    Bradham, Sanders accept invites to Senior Bowl

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    Former Florida State football players Nigel Bradham and Zebrie Sanders have officially accepted invites to the Senior Bowl.


    Courtesy of the Senior Bowl:

    Mobile, AL. (Jan. 10)--A pair of Florida State teammates will represent the Seminoles later this month in the 2012 Senior Bowl.  Offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders and linebacker Nigel Bradham have both officially accepted invitations to the senior showcase event, it was announced today.  The 2012 game is set for 3pm (CT) on Saturday, January 28th in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium.  The game and all practices will be televised by NFL Network.

    "Zebrie and Nigel are both outstanding additions to our South roster and we're excited about bringing them to Mobile for the 2012 game," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said.  "Both are highly regarded at their respective positions and we're expecting big things from them here later this month."

    Sanders was a first-team All-ACC selection for the Seminoles this season after posting a team-high 28 knockdown blocks while playing both right and left tackle.  He was part of a Florida State offense that ranked third in the ACC in passing offense this season, averaging 257 yards a game.  The four-year starter finished his career with 36 consecutive starts and is tied for the second-most starts in school history with 50.    He led all FSU linemen with 139 career knockdown blocks.

    Bradham led the Seminoles in tackles each of the last three seasons.  The Honorable Mention All-ACC selection in 2011 posted 86 total tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.  He also recorded two interceptions this season, one of which set up FSU's go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter in their bowl victory over Notre Dame.  The three-year starter leaves Tallahassee with 306 career tackles, including 21.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks.  He had three interceptions and made 39 career starts.

    Tickets for the 2012 Senior Bowl are currently available for purchase at the Senior Bowl ticket office (151 Dauphin Street), all area Food For Less locations, select Regions Bank locations, online at www.seniorbowl.com or by calling (251) 432-4109.


    About the Senior Bowl

    The Senior Bowl is college football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention.  For more information on the 2012 Senior Bowl please visit the bowl's website at www.seniorbowl.com 

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    The Maryland football program is now searching for a new defensive coordinator for its football team.

    The school announced Friday morning that Todd Bradford, who joined the Terrapins's staff before the 2011 season, is out after just one season. 

    Under Bradford's direction, Maryland finished the season ranked No. 108 in the nation in total defense. 

    FSU vs. Virginia Tech Men's Hoops Highlights

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    In case you missed it, here are highlights from the Seminoles 63-59 win over Virginia Tech:

    Yesterday, I put up a blog post on ESPN.com writer Mark Schlabach's Way-Too-Eearly Top 25 for 2012 in which he has the Florida State football team ranked No. 8.

    I wanted to find out what FSU fans on Twitter thought of that early ranking. Here's some of the responses I received, including a mention from a former 'Noles player:

    @DakotaNole: it's never too high

    @SALONE_PIKIN: Motivation going into nxt yr

    @coachowen15: On talent * what's returning just right. If mental focus improves, it could be special year. If not then disappointment

    @iLoveMyNoles: I think based on our 2011 performance, but from a talent/potential standpoint, too low. I bliev 4-6 is the right range.

    @Ale_Mil: i say no. 8 is just right! #NOLES

    @jayyyybeeeee: Its too low but FSU didn't prove enough last year to get the confidence of the voters . Easily top 2 team next year potential 

    @UnconqueredSwagr: I think we are about right where we need to be. Not too high and not too low. Still Top 10! #Noles in '12

    @jrehm23: seems about right. Maybe low teens? Either way, we gotta take care of business on the field #gonoles

    @Rob13000: Way too optimistic. I love the Noles but after this season's preseason rating, I have to be extremely cautiously optimistic

    *@MontraeHolland: It doesn't matter where we start as long as we end No.1

    *Holland played offensive line for the Seminoles from 1999 to 2002 after redshirting in 1998.

    Terry Bowden completes staff with more FSU ties

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    Terry Bowden has hired his entire staff at Akron and there are more Florida State connections.

    Chuck Amato and Terrell Buckley were already announced hires and Jeff Bowden was reported to be joining the staff as well. Now you can add Todd Stroud and Ben Murphy to the list.

    Stroud played and coached at FSU and Murphy was a graduate assistant coach for the Seminoles from 2007-09.


    Courtesy of the Akron Athletics Department:

    AKRON, Ohio - University of Akron head football coach Terry Bowdenhttp://www.seminoles.com/blog/2012/01/report-terrell-buckley-and-terry-bowden-headed-to-akron.html announced on Wednesday the addition of nine people to his staff, including seven assistant coaches, a director of operations and a strength and conditioning coach. Each hire is pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees.

    The list of assistant coaches include Alan Arrington (offensive line), Jeff Bowden(special teams coordinator/outside receivers), Trent Boykin (running backs), A.J. Milwee(quarterbacks), John Pont (recruiting coordinator/inside receivers), Todd Stroud(defensive line) and Mike Woodford (safeties).

    Added to the staff as director of operations was Ben Murphy, while John Grieco has come on as the program's strength and conditioning coach.

    Bowden, who was named as the Zips' 27th all-time coach on Dec. 22 following three seasons as head coach at North Alabama, named Chuck Amato as associate head coach and defensive coordinator on Jan. 3 and Terrell Buckley as cornerbacks coach on Jan. 6.

    "I'm excited about the staff we've putting together," Bowden said. "There's a lot of experience in this group and many of them have worked with one another before, so there's a lot of familiarity as well, which is important."

    Alan Arrington (Mississippi, 1994):
    Arrington comes to Akron after six seasons at North Alabama, serving as the program's offensive coordinator for the last four seasons and working under Terry Bowden each of the last three years. He also worked with the Lions' offensive line and helped the squad to a 62-14 mark during that six-year span as well as an appearance in the Division II playoffs each season. Arrington joined the UNA staff following 12 seasons as an assistant coach at Northwest Mississippi Community College. He is a native of Oxford, Miss., and is married to the former Gail Perkins.

    Jeff Bowden (Florida State, 1983):
    The younger brother of Terry Bowden, Jeff boasts over 25 years of collegiate coaching experience and spent the previous three seasons as associate head coach at North Alabama with his brother. Prior to his time at UNA, Jeff spent 13 years (1994-2006) on the staff at Florida State, working under his father, legendary coach Bobby Bowden. Jeff was the Seminoles' offensive coordinator from 2001-06 and from 1994-2000 worked with the wide receivers. In his 13 seasons at FSU, the program competed in a bowl game each year, tallied nine conference titles and one national championship. Jeff played wide receiver at FSU from 1980-83. He and his wife, Cindy, have five children.

    Trent Boykin (Youngstown State, 1995):
    Boykin spent the 2011 season as running backs coach at Wayne State, helping the Warriors to a 12-win season and the program's first-ever appearance in the Division-II national championship game. Under Boykin's tutelage, Wayne State had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season for the first time in school history. Boykin spent the 2010 campaign as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Lambuth University and was the head coach for two seasons (2008 and 2009) at Lane College. He began his coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Akron (1996-1997) and served one year at Boston College (1998) as an offensive graduate assistant before coaching the wide receivers at Tiffin for one season (1999). He has an undergraduate degree from Youngstown State and earned four varsity letters in football and played on three Division I-AA National Championship teams for the Penguins. He also played one year in the Arena Football League after originally signing with the Canadian Football League's Hamilton TigerCats.

    A.J. Milwee (North Alabama, 2009):
    Milwee, a record-setting signal caller at North Alabama, comes to Akron after one year on staff at East Mississippi Community College. He spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons on Terry Bowden's staff at UNA as a graduate assistant that worked with the quarterbacks. In that time on the Lions staff the program went a combined 20-6, made back-to-back playoff appearances and were 2009 Gulf South Conference champions. Having compiled a 33-5 mark as UNA's QB during the 2006-08 seasons, Milwee set all-time school records for career passing yards (8,436), pass completions (677), passing attempts (1,030), touchdown passes (73) and total offense yards (9,401). He earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior and is a member of the program's all-decade team (1999-2008). Milwee spent his freshman year of eligibility as a member of the Alabama football team. He holds an undergraduate degree in finance from North Alabama.

    John Pont (Miami [Ohio], 2007):
    Pont spent last season on staff at fellow Mid-American Conference institution Miami (Ohio), serving as defensive intern. He began his coaching career at Florida State, where he was Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher's offensive graduate student assistant from 2008-09, and completed a master's degree in sport administration during that time. Pont, who has an undergraduate degree from Miami, was wide receivers and tight ends coach at North Alabama for Terry Bowden in 2009, before a brief stop at North Texas and move to Colorado State in 2010 to be an offensive quality control coach. He returned to North Alabama for a short time in 2011, just prior to his post at Miami. Pont's grandfather, John, is a member of Miami's famed Cradle of Coaches and also served as head coach at Yale, Northwestern and Indiana. Pont is married to the former Tera Bowden, Terry's daughter.

    Todd Stroud (Florida State, 1985):
    Stroud spent the previous two seasons at Colorado State where he coached the defensive line in 2011 and served as tight ends/fullbacks coach and recruiting coordinator in 2010. He arrived at CSU after three seasons (2007-09) as head coach for strength and conditioning at his alma mater Florida State, and was assistant head coach/defensive line coach at North Carolina State from 2004-07, working under then Wolfpack head coach and current Akron associate head coach/defensive coordinator, Chuck Amato. Stroud served as strength and conditioning coach at Memphis (1997-99), Auburn (1993) and Samford (1987-93). He was head coach at West Alabama (1994-96) and coached the defensive line at Samford (1987-93) and at UCF (1986). Stroud has a undergraduate degree from Florida State and a graduate degree from Alabama-Birmingham. He played nose guard for the Seminoles from 1983-85 and was captain of the 1985 squad. Stroud and his wife, Marianne, have three daughters and one son.

    Mike Woodford (Arizona, 1982):
    Woodford joins the Akron staff after spending the 2011 season at New Mexico following a three-year stint at Illinois (2007-09). He coached the Lobos secondary, and was the Illini's special teams coordinator and worked closely with the defensive backs. After one year (2001) with the NFL's New Orleans Saints as a defensive assistant, he served as defensive backs and special teams coach at Florida (2002-03) and oversaw the defensive backs at Middle Tennessee from 1999-2000. Woodford, a native of Niles, Ohio, was the defensive ends coach at Akron from 1986-90 with coach Gerry Faust (Terry Bowden was on the UA staff in '86) and was defensive coordinator at nearby Walsh University from 1994-98. He has an undergraduate degree from Arizona and played safety for the Wildcats from 1978-81. Woodford has two daughters.

    Ben Murphy (Florida State, 2007):
    Murphy served as Terry Bowden's director of football operations each of the last three seasons at North Alabama, after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Florida State from 2007-09. While at FSU, he was heavily involved in the program's recruiting effort and helped achieve top-10 recruiting classes in 2008 and 2009. He also worked as an intern in the Florida State sports information department from 2005-07. He has an undergraduate degree in sports management and a graduate degree in sports administration, both from Florida State.

    John Grieco (Florida, 1995):
    Greico, named the 2009 strength and conditioning coach of the year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society, comes to Akron after two seasons as head strength and conditioning coach at Louisiana-Monroe. A 1995 graduate of Florida, he worked at his alma mater from 1995-2003 as a strength and conditioning assistant, before stints on the strength and conditioning staff at East Carolina (2004-05) and UNLV (2006-09). In his time on staff at Florida, the Gators went to eight bowl games and claimed the 1996 national championship. He and his wife, Jaime, have one son and one daughter.

    FSU No. 17 in Staples' Top 25 for 2012

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    Earlier, I posted ESPN.com writer Mark Schlabach's Way-Too-Early Top 25 poll for the 2012 college football season. 

    Well, here's SI.com's version. While Schlabach has Florida State pegged as the No. 8 team, Andy Staples has the Seminoles at No. 17.

    I ask again, what do you think? Is No. 17 more reasonable than No. 8? Send me a tweet to @BrandonMellor and let me know.

    Courtesy of SI.com:

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    2011 record: 9-4
    The announcements that defensive end Brandon Jenkins and cornerback Xavier Rhodes will return lends further credence to the idea that Florida State could be much, much better next year. The Seminoles will get several offensive linemen back from injury, and some of their young linemen showed promise at the end of 2011. Rashad Greene would be the best receiver in the ACC if Sammy Watkins didn't play in the ACC. This all sounds fantastic, but I'm not letting FSU make a fool of me again. I buy in every year, and every year I look stupid. (Now watch the Seminoles compete for a national title and make me look like an idiot again.)

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/andy_staples/01/11/way-too-early-2012-top-25/index.html#ixzz1jBJuqRfG

    FSU No. 8 in Schlabach's Top 25 for 2012

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    ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach released his Top 25 for 2012 Tuesday afternoon and he has the Florida State football program at No. 8.

    What do you think? Too high? Too low? Send me a tweet @BrandonMellor and let me know what you think of that ranking.

    Courtesy of ESPN.com:

    8. Florida State Seminoles:
    We're taking the bait on the Seminoles again, even after they failed to live up to very high aspirations with a 9-4 finish in 2011. But FSU's lofty preseason billing might have been a year premature, and injuries plagued the Seminoles throughout the season. FSU's defense is as good as advertised and it might be even better in 2012 with nine starters coming back. Defensive end Brandon Jenkins and cornerback Greg Reid both passed up entering the NFL draft to return to school. If FSU is going to become a legitimate BCS contender, though, its offense has to be better and more explosive. The Seminoles had young skill players in 2011 and they started four freshman offensive linemen against Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl. Another concern will be replacing All-American punter Shawn Powell. FSU plays seven home games, but it will travel to Virginia Tech during ACC play.

    Eye on the opponent: Florida hires new OC

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    The Florida Gators have hired former Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease for the same position in Gainesville. Pease replaces Charlie Weis, who last month accepted the head coaching job at Kansas.

    Here is the full story on Pease's hiring from Gatorzone.com Senior Writer Scott Carter: full story

    'Noles No. 1 in early ACC power rankings

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    ESPN.com ACC blogger Heather Dinich has an early power-rankings list for the conference and Florida State is No. 1. 

    Obviously a lot can change in the off-season but -- as I wrote earlier this month --http://onlyfans.cstv.com/schools/fsu/sports/mellor/spec-rel/010312aac.html FSU needs this to be true in December if it wants to officially be "back."

    Courtesy of ESPN.com:

    Early 2012 ACC power rankings

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    It's way too early for this. But that's the fun of it. Heck, the ACC is impossible to predict from week to week, let alone in January. Consider this a starting point. A base for your offseason arguments. Don't like it? I've got a mailbag. Learn how to use it. Let the debate begin ... 

    1. Florida State: I know, I know, you've heard this one before. But it's impossible to ignore the fact that nine starters return to one of the nation's best defenses. Quarterback EJ Manuel will be back, and the Noles again have some of the nation's best recruits. 

    2. Clemson: Quarterback Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkins were record-setters in their first seasons as starters. There's plenty of incoming talent, and the Tigers should contend for the Atlantic Division again if the defense improves. 

    3. Virginia Tech: This staff knows how to develop players, and that quality will again be critical as the Hokies have to rebuild their offensive line and will lose their top playmaker in David Wilson. Quarterback Logan Thomas could be the best in the ACC, though, if the supporting cast emerges. 

    4. NC State: Consider the Pack the darkhorse candidate for the 2012 race. If NC State can stay healthy, it should have two of the league's top players in quarterback Mike Glennon and cornerback David Amerson. 

    5. Georgia Tech: The majority of the Jackets' roster returns, and it should be better after growing pains in 2011. With an experienced offensive line, and the bulk of playmakers returning, Georgia Tech should again be a contender in the Coastal Division. 

    6. Virginia: If the Cavaliers were playing for the division title in just the second season under coach Mike London, there's no reason to doubt them in his third. There were some important lessons learned down the stretch, and it was a strong season for UVa to build on. 

    7. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons were a field goal away from winning the Atlantic Division title in 2011, and quarterback Tanner Price is good enough to put them in position to do it again.

    8. North Carolina: The Tar Heels have another transition to go through with first-year coach Larry Fedora, and the defense will have to fill some big shoes. Offensively, though, there is enough in place that UNC can surprise some people in the Coastal Division race. 

    9. Boston College: The Eagles' strong finish to 2011 left a lot of optimism within the program, and despite the loss of linebacker Luke Kuechly, the defense should still be strong. The return of running back Montel Harris will certainly help, but again the team must adjust to another offensive coordinator. 

    10. Miami: The biggest thing Miami has in its favor right now is a strong recruiting class. With eight starters leaving early for the NFL draft and the departures of the Class of 2008 -- plus possible NCAA sanctions looming -- there's a lot of uncertainty in the program now. 

    11. Maryland: Look at it this way: It can't get much worse. The hire of Mike Locksley as offensive coordinator will help, especially in recruiting, but how much, how fast? And has the dust finally settled, or will there be more changes? 

    12. Duke: Somebody has to be last, and until Duke proves otherwise, it's status quo in Durham. Duke suffered from many of the same problems last year that it did in 2010.

    FSU finishes season 4th in total defense

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    The Florida State football team officially ended the 2011 season ranked No. 4 in total defense, No. 2 in rush defense and No. 4 in scoring defense. 

    Here's a look at the official rankings from the NCAA's website:

     

    Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Report
    Total Defense

    Year: 2011Thru: 01/10/12 Minimum Pct. of Games Played
    RankNameGamesPlaysYdsAvgTDsYdspgmWinsLossesTies
    1Alabama1372023873.3212183.621210
    2LSU1489736614.0815261.501310
    3South Carolina1383534804.1727267.691120
    4Florida St.1385935754.1625275.00940
    5Georgia1487038814.4637277.211040
    6Michigan St.1490338844.3033277.431130
    7Illinois1384237204.4231286.15760
    8Florida1384838944.5933299.54760
    9UCF1273236404.9725303.33570
    10Virginia Tech1486542654.9331304.641130
    11Texas1386539794.6032306.08850
    12Temple1382940534.8924311.77940
    13BYU1383240744.9033313.381030
    14Rutgers1383140844.9128314.15940
    15Wisconsin1485044305.2134316.431130
    16Boise St.1380641715.1733320.851210
    17Michigan1380341885.2227322.151120
    18Vanderbilt1387141964.8235322.77670
    19Ohio St.1383142065.0633323.54670
    20Penn St.1390842114.6425323.92940
    21Kent St.1280539144.8632326.17570
    21La.-Monroe1280439144.8740326.17480
    23Louisville1385742634.9733327.92760
    24Arkansas St.1392343094.6733331.461030
    25California1384043285.1539332.92760

    Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Report
    Rushing Defense

    Year: 2011Thru: 01/10/12 Minimum Pct. of Games Played
    RankNameGamesCarriesNetAvgTDsYdspgmWinsLossesTies
    1Alabama133869382.43372.151210
    2Florida St.1345810752.35882.69940
    3Connecticut1238510282.671185.67570
    4Stanford1336411493.161688.381120
    5LSU1446012612.74790.071310
    6Cincinnati1345612512.741096.231030
    6Texas1340912513.061596.23850
    8La.-Monroe1238612003.1113100.00480
    9Michigan St.1450214072.8011100.501130
    10Louisville1343513073.0011100.54760
    11Georgia1444014173.2216101.211040
    12Texas A&M1350813242.6125101.85760
    13Arkansas St.1344813463.0012103.541030
    14Virginia Tech1445214573.2215104.071130
    15South Fla.1243512882.9611107.33570
    16UCF1234713063.769108.83570
    17Boise St.1340514303.539110.001210
    18Southern California1236913373.6217111.421020
    19BYU1340014623.6616112.461030
    20Utah1345514763.247113.54850
    21Pittsburgh1346515203.2717116.92670
    22FIU1345815353.3515118.08850
    23SMU1346615383.3017118.31850
    24Southern Miss.1450616603.2816118.571220
    25TCU1345716093.527123.771120

    Bowl Subdivision (FBS) National Team Report
    Scoring Defense

    Year: Year: 2011Thru: Thru: 01/10/12 Minimum Pct. of Games Played
    RankNameGamesTDsKxpOxpDkxpDoxpFGSfPointsPtspgmWinsLossesTies
    1Alabama131211100701068.151210
    2LSU14151310017115811.291310
    3Temple1324212004018113.92940
    4Florida St.1325200008119615.08940
    5Penn St.13252300015021816.77940
    6Michigan13272610012022617.381120
    7Virginia Tech14312800011024717.641130
    8Rutgers13282200016023818.31940
    9UCF12252120015022018.33570
    10Michigan St.1433292008125718.361130
    11South Carolina13272210017123918.381120
    12Boise St.1333243005024318.691210
    13Wisconsin1434292009126619.001130
    14FIU13302700014225319.46850
    15Illinois13313100012125519.62760
    16Mississippi St.13282800020025619.69760
    17Louisville13333110010026120.08760
    18Miami (FL)12282610015024120.08660
    19Utah13312810015126320.23850
    20Cincinnati13292810020026420.311030
    20Florida13333100011126420.31760
    22BYU13333100012026520.381030
    23Georgia14373110011028820.571040
    24Notre Dame13332710014026920.69850
    25Arkansas St.13333010012227020.771030

    FSU ranked 23rd in final polls

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    The Florida State football team finished the 2011 season ranked No. 23 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Polls.

    After earning a final ranking of No. 16 in last season's AP Poll, FSU finds itself ranked in the top 25 at year's end in back-to-back years for the first time since 2004 and 2005.

    USA Today Coaches' Poll
    RKTEAMRECORDPTSPVS
    1Alabama (59)12-114752
    2LSU13-114041
    3Oklahoma State12-113673
    4Oregon12-212905
    5Arkansas11-211887
    6Boise State12-111626
    7Stanford11-211064
    8South Carolina11-210849
    9Michigan11-292512
    10Michigan State11-391213
    11Wisconsin11-39118
    12Baylor10-377516
    13TCU11-271015
    14Houston13-167317
    15Oklahoma10-361019
    16Kansas State10-360210
    17Virginia Tech11-357411
    18West Virginia10-355422
    19Southern Miss12-242921
    20Georgia10-434518
    21Cincinnati10-324824
    22Clemson10-423714
    23Florida State9-420525
    24Nebraska9-414420
    25Brigham Young10-379NR

    AP Top 25
    RKTEAMRECORDPTSPVS
    1Alabama (55)12-114952
    2LSU (1)13-114251
    3Oklahoma State (4)12-113993
    4Oregon12-212506
    5Arkansas11-211987
    6USC10-211815
    7Stanford11-211674
    8Boise State12-111278
    9South Carolina11-2101310
    10Wisconsin11-39059
    11Michigan State11-387312
    12Michigan11-283913
    13Baylor10-378015
    14TCU11-265316
    15Kansas State10-362111
    16Oklahoma10-357219
    17West Virginia10-354723
    18Houston13-151820
    19Georgia10-443918
    20Southern Miss12-241122
    21Virginia Tech11-332917
    22Clemson10-418814
    23Florida State9-415425
    24Nebraska9-414321
    25Cincinnati10-3103NR

    Timmy Jernigan named FWAA Freshman All-American

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    Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan has been named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). 

    Compiled by over 1,200 men and women that cover college football, this Freshman All-American team is widely regarded as the top one in the country each year.


    Courtesy of the FWAA:

    NEW ORLEANS (FWAA) - The 11th annual Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team has been announced, with all six Bowl Championship Series conferences and Notre Dame well represented on the 26-man roster. A total of 23 players came from the Pac-12, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, ACC and Big East conferences and the independent Fighting Irish.

    Southern California and Kansas State were the only schools with two players on the team. Two of the special teams selections hail from Australia.

    West Virginia's first-year coach Dana Holgorsen claimed the first-year coaching honors after his Mountaineers won the Big East Conference championship and finished with a 10-3 record after routing Clemson, 70-33, in the Discover Orange Bowl.

    The team and coach are selected by an 11-person panel of nationally-prominent writers led by Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Both true freshmen (14 players) and redshirt freshmen (12 players) were considered for the team and are so noted.

    OFFENSE
    Pos.Player, SchoolHt.Wt.Hometown
    QBSean Mannion, Oregon State6-5218Pleasanton, Calif.
    RBGiovani Bernard, North Carolina5-10205Davie, Fla.
    RBLyle McCombs, Connecticut5-8172Staten Island, N.Y.
    WRMatt Miller, Boise State6-3213Helena, Mont.
    WR- Marqise Lee, USC6-0190Inglewood, Calif.
    WR- Sammy Watkins, Clemson6-1200Fort Myers, Fla.
    AP- De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon5-9173Los Angeles, Calif.
    OL- Reese Dismukes, Auburn6-3300Spanish Fort, Ala.
    OLB.J. Finney, Kansas State6-4297Andale, Kan.
    OLChaz Green, Florida6-5306Tampa, Fla.
    OL- Kaleb Johnson, Rutgers6-4298Jacksonville, Fla.
    OLJake Smith, Louisville6-4315Jacksonville, Ala.
    DEFENSE
    Pos.Player, SchoolHt.Wt.Hometown
    DL- Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina6-6254Rock Hill, S.C.
    DL- Timmy Jernigan, Florida State6-3297Lake City, Fla.
    DL- Aaron Lynch, Notre Dame6-6265Cape Coral, Fla.
    DLMarcus Rush, Michigan State6-2250Cincinnati, Ohio
    LBDion Bailey, USC6-0200Lakewood, Calif.
    LBJeremy Grove, East Carolina6-1230Frederick, Md.
    LB- A.J. Johnson, Tennessee6-3245Gainesville, Ga.
    DB- Blair Burns, Wyoming5-10170Plano, Texas
    DBIbraheim Campbell, Northwestern5-11205Philadelphia, Pa.
    DB- Quandre Diggs, Texas5-10200Angleton, Texas
    DBMerrill Noel, Wake Forest5-10180Pahokee, Fla.
    DB- Eric Rowe, Utah6-1185Spring, Texas
    SPECIALISTS
    Pos.Player, SchoolHt.Wt.Hometown
    PBrad Wing, LSU6-3184Melbourne, Australia
    KMichael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma6-0175Richardson, Texas
    PR- Scott Harding, Hawaii5-11195Brisbane, Australia
    KR- Tyler Lockett, Kansas State5-11170Tulsa, Okla.
    HEAD COACH
    Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia
    - Denotes true freshman

    Courtesy of the Football Bowl Association:

    NEW ORLEANS (FBA) - Tina Kunzer-Murphy, Chair of the Football Bowl Association and Executive Director of the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, today announced that the 2012 recipient of the Football Bowl Association Champions Award is former Florida State University head coach Bobby Bowden.

     The announcement of Bowden's award will be made during an on-field presentation at the Allstate BCS National Championship Game.

    "Coach Bowden roamed the sidelines at Florida State for over 30 years and led the Seminoles to an amazing 33 bowl appearances. It is my honor and privilege to present him with the FBA's Champions Award for his distinguished service and dedication to his university, his student-athletes and to postseason college football," said Kunzer-Murphy.

    Bowden retired in 2009 and finished his career second in all-time wins by a FBS coach with a record of 377-129-4. He led the Seminoles to an Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Title in 1993 and a BCS National Championship in 1999. He racked up 12 ACC championships.

    The Seminoles played in 28-straight bowl games under Bowden from 1982 through 2009. Coach Bowden led FSU to 11 different bowl games, including eight trips to the Orange Bowl, six to the Sugar Bowl and three to the Fiesta Bowl.

    During his 34 years as Florida State's head coach, he had only one losing season - his first in 1976. From 1987 to 2000, the Seminoles finished every season with at least 10 wins and in the AP Top 5.

    The Football Bowl Association Champions Award is bestowed upon an individual who has provided distinguished service to college football, with an emphasis on being a contributor to post-season football bowl games. Last year's recipient was legendary BYU coach LaVell Edwards. Other previous winners include former Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen and SEC commissioner Roy Kramer.

    The Football Bowl Association is made up of the 35 NCAA licensed bowl games representing 28 different communities. For more information on the FBA, visit the association's official website, footballbowlassociation.org.

    Click here for a printable .pdf version of this release.

    Deckerhoff named Florida Sportscaster of the Year

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    If he keeps this up, they might as well just rename the award after him.

    The "Voice of the Seminoles" Gene Deckerhoff has been named the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) Florida Sportscaster of the Year, the association announced Monday.

    Deckerhoff, who lends his voice for play-by-play calls for the Florida State/IMG Sports Network and the Tampa Bay Bucs Radio Network, has now captured the top sportscaster award in the Sunshine State for the 13th time in his career.

    He's joined this season by the St. Petersburg Times' Gary Shelton, who earned Florida Sportswriter of the Year honors.

    Deckerhoff just completed a 2011 football season for the Seminoles that saw him call his 400th career FSU game. Prior to the monumental game -- a Nov. 19 home contest against Virginia -- Deckerhoff shared his top 10 games and top 10 plays in 'Noles history.

    To see his list, click here.

    Congratulations to "The Voice."

    This Week in Seminole Athletics: Jan. 9-15

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    Basketball

    Men's Basketball

    It's Carolina week.  The Noles will host #3 North Carolina this Saturday at 2PM inside the Tucker Center.  There are limited number of tickets remaining, so make sure to pick-up your staff tickets today if you want to guarantee a seat.  

    ESPN College Gameday will kick off the 2012 campaign right here in Tallahassee on Saturday starting at 10a.m.  Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas, and Hubert Davis will be LIVE inside the Tucker Center for the nationally televised program.  It is FREE admission with doors opening at 8:30a.m.  We hope to see some of you out there donning the Garnet and Gold.

    Women's Basketball

    Sophomore forward Natasha Howard scored a dozen points in the first 10 minutes, and the Seminoles jumped out to a 30-4 lead en route to a dominating 75-40 win over the Hokies Sunday afternoon. The Hokies burst onto the coliseum floor amidst some introductory smoke right before the game started, but came out flat. Virginia Tech came into the game riding its first-ever 2-0 start in the ACC and had held its first two conference opponents to 35 points or under. The win over the Hokies continued the Seminoles' outstanding recent success on the road in conference games. Florida State is now 19-3 in ACC away games since the 2008-09 season. The Garnet and Gold will look to continue their recent success on the road in the conference in Durham, N.C., on Friday night. The Seminoles face No. 7 Duke at 7pm. The game will air live on Fox Sports Carolinas and on ESPN3.

    Mark your calendars for the next home game, this Sunday, January 15th at 3:30pm. Join Coach Sue and the Seminoles at the Donald L. Tucker Center to create the best home court advantage as your Seminoles take on the Miami Hurricanes in ACC Day! Purchase your tickets today at Seminoles.com.

    For more information on the Florida State women's basketball team follow the Seminoles on Twitter at @FSU_WBasketball.

     

    Softball

    Head coach Lonni Alameda has announced the team's 2012 regular-season schedule, which includes several challenging opponents, five different tournaments, and two home games that will be aired on ESPNU! The season starts February 10th as we host the Seminole Classic here at JoAnne Graf Field. For a completed schedule click HERE.

    Follow the FSU Softball team on Twitter @fsu softball

     

    Baseball

    The annual FSU Baseball Fan Day for the 2012 season has been set for Sunday, February 12th and opening day is Friday, February 17th. Log-on to the BASEBALL section of Seminoles.com or follow the 'Noles on Twitter @FSU_Baseball for updates and more information.

     

    Swimming and Diving

    Don't miss your last chance to see you swimmers and divers in action at home this Friday, January 13th at 3:00pm in the Leach Center as they host Florida Atlantic University. Come out and support your Noles!

    For updates and stats follow @fsu_swimming and on Seminoles.com.

     

    Tennis

    The Florida State Tennis teams might be finishing out Fall play but they are geared up for the 2012 season. Check out the full 2012 women's schedule here and the men's schedule here.

     

    Sand Volleyball

    With the courts built and the team practices underway, the inaugural year for Florida State Sand Volleyball has begun! Make sure you check out the spring schedule here. Mark your calendars for the sand volleyball ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, January 20th. The ribbon cutting will begin at 12:00pm and will be followed with a team meet and greet and light hors d'oeuvres. 

    For more information on the Florida State Sand Volleyball team follow the Seminoles on Twitter at @FSU_SVB.

    Here's a list compiled by SI.com of the underclassmen that have declared for the 2012 NFL Draft. Of the 41 early entrees, 13 are from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

    While none of those players are from Florida State and Brandon Jenkins and Greg Reid announced Friday that will return to Tallahassee for one more year, redshirt sophomore cornerback Xavier Rhodes is still weighing his options and could potentially join this list in the coming days.

    PlayerPositionSchool
    Edwin BakerRBMichigan State
    Justin BlackmonWROklahoma State
    Vontaze BurfictLBArizona St.
    Fletcher CoxDTMississippi St.
    David DeCastroGStanford
    Marcus ForstonDTMiami
    Stephon GilmoreCBSouth Carolina
    Chris GivensWRWake Forest
    Robert Griffin IIIQBBaylor
    Cliff HarrisCBOregon
    Stephen HillWRGeorgia Tech
    Ronnie HillmanRBSan Diego St.
    Jayron HosleyCBVirginia Tech
    LaMichael JamesRBOregon
    Alshon JefferyWRSouth Carolina
    Aldarius JohnsonWRMiami
    Chandler JonesDESyracuse
    Matt KalilOTUSC
    Luke KuechlyLBBoston College
    Ronnell LewisDE/OLBOklahoma
    Andrew LuckQBStanford
    Terrell ManningLBNorth Carolina St.
    Jonathan MartinOTStanford
    Whitney MercilusDEIllinois
    Lamar MillerRBMiami
    Brock OsweilerQBArizona St.
    Donte Paige-MossDENorth Carolina
    Nick PerryDE/OLBUSC
    Bernard PierceRBTemple
    Dontari PoeDTMemphis
    Chris PolkRBWashington
    Riley ReiffOTIowa
    Mohamed SanuWRRutgers
    Darrell ScottRBSouth Florida
    Tommy StreeterWRMiami
    Robert TurbinRBUtah State
    Olivier VernonDEMiami
    Brandon WashingtonOLMiami
    David WilsonRBVirginia Tech
    Jerel WorthyDTMichigan St.

    Terrell Buckley officially hired by Akron

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    Yesterday, reports surfaced that former Florida State cornerback/volunteer assistant coach Terrell Buckley was going to be hired by Terry Bowden at Akron.

    Friday, it became official.


    Courtesy of the Akron Athletics Department:

    Jan. 6, 2012

    AKRON, Ohio - Terrell Buckley, a 14-year veteran of the NFL and Florida State standout, has been named The University of Akron football program's cornerbacks coach, head coach Terry Bowden announced on Friday. Buckley's hire is pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees.

    "In this era of passing and the spread offense the cornerback position has become critical to the success of a defense, and outstanding play at that position will be extremely important to our program," said Bowden, who was named coach of the Zips on Dec. 22. "Terrell was an All-American at Florida State and is one of the greatest all-time NFL corners, and I'm excited to have him join my staff. I know he will make an impact on the lives of our student-athletes."

    A two-year starter and three-year letterwinner as a cornerback at Florida State (1989-91), Buckley was inducted into the school's sports hall of fame in 2003. He left FSU as the program's all-time leader in interceptions (21) and interception return yards (501). That INT return yardage was an NCAA record, and he tied school records for touchdowns off interceptions (4) and punt returns (3). He earned consensus All-America honors as a junior in 1991 as well as the Jim Thorpe Award that same season, given annually to the nation's top defensive back.

    Buckley, 40, was picked fifth in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and spent 14 seasons in the league (1992-2005). He played for Green Bay (1992-94), Miami (1995-99, 2003), Denver (2000), New England (2001-02), the New York Jets (2004) and New York Giants (2005). During his career he amassed 109 tackles, 50 interceptions, two sacks and two forced fumbles.

    "I'm looking forward to working alongside Coach Bowden and Coach (Chuck) Amato (defensive coordinator)," Buckley said. "The facilities at Akron are impressive as is the University's dedication to athletics. I can't wait for the players to get back on campus next week and to continue recruiting."

    Most recently, Buckley has served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at FSU, where he completed his undergraduate degree in 2007.

    Virginia Tech star running back David Wilson announced today that he will forgo his senior season and declare for this year's NFL Draft.

    Wilson's loss was not unexpected as he is considered one of college football's most NFL-ready tailbacks.

    Florida State plays at Virginia Tech next season in Blacksburg, Va. In addition to Wilson on offense, the Hokies are set to lose four fifth-year senior offensive linemen, their starting tight end and their top two wide receivers.

    VIDEO: Former FSU forward Chris Singleton

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    Here's video of former Florida State men's basketball Chris Singleton speaking with ESPN Florida Insiders Andrew Melnick and Carson Ingle before his Washington Wizards team played in Orlando the other night. 

    Florida State Football Poster 2011 Time Lapse

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    A time lapse video of Florida State's 2011 Football poster created by Old Hat Creative's Geoffrey Rogers. About 8.5 hours of work in Photoshop compressed to 3:37. Most of the footage was sped up by 8,000%.


    After West Virginia beat Clemson to a pulp in last night's Orange Bowl, the 2011 college football season for the 12 ACC-member schools has officially come to an end.

    That means all statistics for the year are final and the ACC has those updated numbers on its website right now.

    Florida State finished first in the league in:

    • -scoring defense (15.1 ppg)
    • -total defense (275.0 ypg)
    • -rushing defense (82.7 ypg)
    • -pass defense (192.3 ypg)
    • -kickoff returns (26.5 ypg despite having the fewest number of returns of anyone in the league)
    • -punting (41.3 avg.)
    • -kickoff coverage (48.6 avg.)
    • -field goals (tied with Clemson at .815 pct.)
    • -PAT kicking (tied with six others at 1.000 pct.)
    • -opponent first downs (15.8 avg.)

    As for individuals, Dustin Hopkins led the ACC in scoring (8.5 ppg.) and field goals (1.69 made per game) and Shawn Powell was the best in the conference in punting (47.0).

    Report: Terrell Buckley and Jeff Bowden headed to Akron

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    Terry Bowden is making some Florida State related waves as the new head coach at Akron.

    After officially hiring longtime Seminoles assistant Chuck Amato as his defensive coordinator, reports indicate that former FSU offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden and former star cornerback/volunteer assistant coach Terrell Buckley will also be joining the Zips staff.

    Buckley tweeted earlier this week that he was indeed leaving his alma mater for Akron.


    From George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal Online:

    A source close to the University of Akron has confirmed that former NFL defensive back, Terrell Buckley will join newly hired coach Terry Bowden's Zips staff.

    It will be the second member of Bowden's coaching staff with direct ties to his father, Bobby Bowden. Buckley, before a 13-year career in the NFL as a cornerback, played for Florida State, where the elder Bowden served as head coach.

    Buckley will leave his alma mater, where he serves as a volunteer assistant, to coach cornerbacks for the Zips.

    During his professional career, Buckley grabbed 50 interceptions and won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.

    Mike Woodford, a former special teams coordinator with Illinois, will coach the safeties. Woodford, a Niles native, was the secondary coach for the Zips from 1986-91 and defensive coordinator for Walsh University from 1994-98.

    Jeff Bowden, Terry's brother, will join him from North Alabama to coach the wide receivers.

    Rounding out the first round of coaching additions is A.J. Milwee, who was a graduate assistant at North Alabama. He will coach the quarterbacks.

    The quartet join a staff that already includes former North Carolina State head coach Chuck Amato, who will be the defensive coordinator.

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    Florida State conference foe NC State appeared to be on the verge of losing well-respected defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta to the same position at Illinois on Tuesday. 

    But by Wednesday afternoon, that proved not to be the case. Tenuta, who guided a Wolfpack defense that finished the 2011 season ranked 41st overall, 5th in turnover margin and tied for eighth in sacks, decided to stay in Raleigh, NC.

    FSU plays at NC State in 2012.


    Courtesy of the Illinois Athletics Department:

    Jan. 4, 2012

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After being named to the Illinois football staff Tuesday, Jon Tenuta had a change of heart and said Wednesday that he will now remain at North Carolina State for family reasons.

    "From the top, I want to say that Illinois is a great program and I think the world of Tim Beckman," Tenuta said. "I've known Beck for 20 years and I have no doubt that with the staff he is putting together, he will have Illinois at the top of the Big Ten very soon. However, my family comes first and I may have made a decision without fully thinking through the situation with them. My son is a senior in high school and has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at N.C. State, and it is something I just don't want to miss. I was one of the first people to contact Beck and congratulate him on the opportunity at Illinois, and I wish him and the Illini nothing but the best."

    This Week in Seminole Athletics: Jan. 2-8

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    Courtesy of Seminole Sports Marketing:


    Basketball

    Men's Basketball

    The Men's Basketball team opens up the 2012 year by hosting SEC opponent Auburn Wednesday night at 6PM inside the Tucker Center!  The Noles began their late season run last year starting off early in the year and will look to do the same this year. 

    College Gameday- please use the logo in the email.

    ESPN College Gameday comes to Tallahassee on Saturday January 14th when the Noles host #5 North Carolina.  The show kicks off at 10a.m. and doors will open at 8:30a.m.  Admission is FREE! Breakfast will be served to those who are in line early.  Seating will be on a first come- first serve basis.

    Women's Basketball

    Junior guard Alexa Deluzio's career-best-matching 23 points weren't enough for the Florida State women's basketball team on Monday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center versus No. 5 Maryland. The Seminoles fell to the Terrapins, 91-70, in the ACC opener for both teams. Maryland (14-0), who leads the country in rebounding margin, held a commanding 53-40 edge on the boards and had three players score at least 20 points.

    Now with the ACC portion of the schedule underway, the 'Noles are set to host the Clemson Tigers this Thursday night at 7:00pm. It's the Student Welcome Back game and all students can register at the Spear-it-Rewards table to win an iPod Touch! Join Coach Sue and the Seminoles at the Donald Tucker Center to create the best home court advantage!

    For more information on the Florida State women's basketball team follow the Seminoles on Twitter at @FSU_WBasketball.

     

    Softball

    Head coach Lonni Alameda has announced the team's 2012 regular-season schedule, which includes several challenging opponents, five different tournaments, and two home games that will be aired on ESPNU! The season starts February 10th as we host the Seminole Classic here at JoAnne Graf Field. For a completed schedule click HERE.

    Follow the FSU Softball team on Twitter @fsu softball


    Baseball

    The annual FSU Baseball Fan Day for the 2012 season has been set for Sunday, February 12th and opening day is Friday, February 17th. Log-on to the BASEBALL section of Seminoles.com or follow the 'Noles on Twitter @FSU_Baseball for updates and more information.

     

    Swimming and Diving

    The Seminoles saved their best diving for last at the 2012 Winter Diving National Championships as they came to a close today in Knoxville, Tenn.  After qualifying sixth into the semifinal round of the platform event, senior Mike Neubacher moved on to finals and dove to a six place finish with a total 1214.40 over the course of three rounds.

    Five athletes have qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Federal Way, Wash. on June 17-24, 2012. Junior Ariel Rittenhouse, freshman Ford McLiney, Tom Neubacher, Mike Neubacher and junior Nick Klein will all be representing FSU at the event.

    For updates and stats follow @fsu_swimming and on Seminoles.com. Our Noles will be competing back at home on January 13th against FAU at 3:00pm in the Leach Center. Come out and support your Noles!

     

    Tennis

    The Florida State Tennis teams might be finishing out Fall play but they are geared up for the 2012 season. Check out the full 2012 women's schedule here and the men's schedule here.

     

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    Courtesy of Akron athletics:

    AKRON, Ohio - Chuck Amato, who boasts 39 years of experience in the collegiate coaching ranks including serving as head coach at North Carolina State and long-time assistant coach at Florida State, has been named The University of Akron football program's associate head coach and defensive coordinator, head coach Terry Bowden announced on Tuesday.

    Amato is one of the most respected coaches and recruiters in college football and has produced winning football teams and numerous top draft picks throughout his career.

    "I am incredibly excited to be able to hire someone of Chuck Amato's caliber," said Bowden, who was named head coach of the Zips on Dec. 22. "When I interviewed for this job, I said that the most important hire I could make would be bringing in a defensive coordinator that would have the experience, reputation and enthusiasm to build our defense. I will spend much of my time implementing the offense, so getting the right guy on defense was essential. From the very first moment, Chuck has been that guy. He will be an exciting addition to the staff and Akron family, and I know our current players as well as recruits will be excited to be a part of the style of play he will immediately bring to the defense."

    Amato, 65, served as head coach at his alma mater NC State from 2000-06 and posted a 49-37 record while guiding the program to five bowl appearances. He led the Wolfpack to their first 11-win season in school history in 2002 and highest national ranking (No. 12) since 1974. The 2004 NC State squad led the nation in total defense. Additionally under Amato, quarterback Philip Rivers rewrote the program and ACC record books in every passing and total offense category. During his tenure, he had 22 players drafted into the NFL, including five in the first round.

    "When Terry called me and asked if I would consider coming to Akron to be a part of his new staff, I told him that I really wanted to come and visit the campus before making a decision," Amato said. "After seeing that the University's facilities are second to none, and hearing first hand the type of commitment the entire administration has to building a winning football program, the decision was an easy one. I was very excited to tell Terry that I wanted to help him do whatever it takes to get the job done at Akron. Terry has always come up with the right formula to win everywhere he has coached, and I know that we will all work tirelessly together to accomplish our goals. I will recruit relentlessly, coach our players with the same intensity and help to bring a winning mentality to the Akron Zips football team."

    Amato spent 21 seasons on the staff at Florida State (1982-1999 and 2007-09). In his most recent stint (2007-09) he served as executive head coach to then-head coach Bobby Bowden. From 1982-95 he coached the defensive line, 1996-99 the linebackers and from 1986-99 also served as assistant head coach. He was part of 10 ACC championship teams and two national championship squads (1993 and 1999). Six of his Seminole players were selected in the NFL Draft's first round and 24 defensive players overall that he directly coached were drafted during his FSU tenure.

    Amato was also a member of the NC State staff from 1971-79, serving as graduate assistant (1971-72), defensive secondary coach (1973-75) and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach (1976-79). He also coached linebackers at Arizona from 1980-81. His coaching career began at Easton High School in his hometown of Easton, Pa., where he was an assistant coach from 1969-70.

    Amato lettered in football and wrestling at NC State, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1969 and master's degree in education in 1973. The 1965 football team won an ACC co-championship and he was captain of the defense in 1967. He won two ACC titles as a wrestler in 1966 and 1968.

    He and his wife, Peggy, have twin daughters, LuGina and Selena.

    Amato's Career Coaching History:
    1969-70 - Easton (Pa.) High School (assistant coach)
    1971-72 - NC State (graduate assistant)
    1973-75 - NC State (defensive secondary coach)
    1976-79 - NC State (defensive coordinator / linebackers coach)
    1980-81 - Arizona (linebackers coach)
    1982-95 - Florida State (defensive line)
    1996-99 - Florida State (linebackers coach)
    1986-99 - Florida State (assistant head coach)
    2000-06 - NC State (head coach) (49-37 record)
    2007-09 - Florida State (executive head coach)
    2012 - Akron (associate head coach / defensive coordinator)

    Sideline pass: Video highlights of FSU's bowl victory

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    Shot from the sidelines by Seminoles.com's Layne Herdt, here are the video highlights of the Florida State football team's 18-14 victory over Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl last week:

    2012 Football Season Tickets