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    Courtesy of the Kidz 1st Fund:

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State University Coach Jimbo Fisher, his wife Candi and their two sons will be delivering a check to the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital for Fanconi anemia research. The presentation will take place during the first half, at the Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota vs. Nebraska basketball game on Saturday, March 3.

    Joining the Fishers will be Rebecca Kill, wife of University of Minnesota head football coach, Jerry Kill, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and leading Fanconi anemia researchers Dr. Margaret MacMillan and Dr. John Wagner. 

    In March 2011, the Fishers' youngest son, Ethan, was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Fanconi anemia (FA).  Soon after in August 2011, Kidz1stFund™ was founded with the mission of raising money for Fanconi anemia research with the goal of finding a cure.

    Six months after the formation of the fund, the Fishers will be delivering their first major donation to the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital for Fanconi anemia research.


    What: Kidz1stFund check presentation to the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital

    Who: Florida State University Football Coach Jimbo Fisher & Candi Fisher

    Rebecca Kill, wife of University of Minnesota head football coach, Jerry Kill

    Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Christian Ponder

    Dr. Margaret MacMillan and Dr. John Wagner

    When: Saturday, March 3, 2012 during the first half of the University of Minnesota vs. Nebraska basketball game

    Vote for Charlie Ward for the cover of NCAA Football 13

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    Beginning March 12, fans can log on to the EA SPORTS NCAA Football Facebook page to vote for one of eight Heisman Trophy winners to accompany Griffin III on the cover of NCAA Football 13. 

    The candidates include former University of Southern California running back Marcus Allen, former Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie, former The Ohio State University running back Eddie George, former The University of Michigan wide receiver Desmond Howard, former Oklahoma State University running back Barry Sanders, former University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker, former Florida State University quarterback Charlie Ward and former University of Houston quarterback Andre Ware.

    Pensy & Mellor Podcast - Feb.29

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    Join Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for another installement of the Pensy & Mellor Podcast.  Topics on this week's podcast include:
    • * The 2012 Florida State football schedule
    • * Can the Noles men's basketball team bounce back after two losses and get a win on the road at Virginia
    • * Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott's plan for a 4-team college football playoff
    • * Could expansion of the NCAA men's basketball tournament be on the horizon?
    • * Brad Keselowski's tweeting from inside his car during the Daytona 500
    • * A new edition to the Jersey Shore
    • * Recapping the Jimmy Buffett concert in Tallahassee and what should be the ultimate concert foul.
    All that and more on this week's episode of the Pensy & Mellor podcast
    Podcast Find Seminole Podcast


    ACC Fan Vote

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    The ACC has launched the official "ACC Fan Vote" on that allows the fans to vote for their favorite players for the first-ever Fans' All-ACC Teams. It is a fun, interactive experience that will be promoted heavily during the ACC Network broadcasts of the ACC Tournament. The contest allows fans to pick players each day and to share their picks on Facebook in an attempt to rally other fans to vote their players to the top of the list and into the Fans' First- & Second-Team All-ACC.

    Watch ESPN3 through the Seminoles Facebook page

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    Many of Florida State's games have aired online at this year and will continue to do so. Now, Florida State fans have the opportunity to access those same contests through the Florida State Seminoles Facebook page.

    Through a partnership with ESPN, the same content streamed lived through can now be accessed by "liking" the Seminoles on Facebook.

    Here's a link to the new ESPN3 player on the 'Noles' Facebook page as well as a link to a USA Today story about the integration.

    Spring Practice Countdown: 19 Days

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    Less than two weeks until Florida State returns to the practice fields. The former FSU football player featured today is No. 19 E.G. Green.

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 20 days

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    Today's former FSU football player in our spring-practice countdown, No. 20 James Colzie.

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    2011 FSU Football Rewind: Florida State vs. Maryland

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    Photo: A map of FSU's games in 2012

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    Florida State's 2012 schedule was released today and the Seminoles leave their home state just three times during the regular season. 

    Here's a visual look at where FSU's 12 regular-season games will take place this year:

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    Tweet Tweet: Your Twitter thoughts on FSU's 2012 schedule

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    I asked FSU fans on Twitter what they think of Florida State's 2012 football schedule after it was released early Monday afternoon.

    Here are some of the tweets I received, which are mostly positive about what FSU faces in this season:

    @Heelsbbfanatic: "11-0 baby BCS bound"

    @seanr19: "I see the chance at a bcs title game hinging upon the Thursday game @ va tech"

    @bllawson2010: "I think it's a great schedule can't wait to get my season tics!!! #GONOLES"

    @DakotaNole: "Place your bets on the perfect season now, that schedule just moved FSU up preseason polls 5-6 spots"

    @BrixxisKING: "Non conference schedule isn't very tough,with EJ healthy all season,we should be in play for a BCS birth"

    @LMaez44: "4 home games will get our oline good away games aren't too tough w bc/duke. vt in Nov could be tough D will have to step up"

    @_ItsOriginal_: "Undefeated. Seriously."

    @jmnpb: "pleasantly surprised. Happy to be "shielded" before Clemson, VT, and UF games"

    @NotJimboFisher: "Two words: national title."

    @magicfreak81: "I feel like the most difficult games are Clemson and at VT, but likely VT is after a BYE week, lots of time to prepare #noles"

    @timothymobley1: "only time will tell for me about that schedule"

    @JordanaMarieB: "games in sept (should be) cake walks and only uf in nov. Clem and fl are the only good home games"

    @DidieratDoak: "sets up nicely no excuses should be well prepared for big games concerns are bsburg @maryland for cold nov games,overall good"

    @Jonesboy9191: "I don't think we should lose a game. Vtech and clemson should be the toughest game this season. Should hear championship talk"

    @bernarddcoxiii: "should go undefeated but I would like to see a little hard schedule"

    @domamoroso: "overall good schedule, only changes would be flip flopping Maryland and wake. va tech should be sat. primetime?"

    @bishopnl: "a little frightened of that Thursday night in Blacksburg. That place is bananas on a Thursday."

    @MPCharles25: "opening with 4 straight home games with 2 vs FBS schools? When did we become Gainesville?"

    @wingt4lyf: "It should make for an interesting football season. It should be called a revenge tour!! Wake forest, clemson, virgina tech"

    @JScott1023: "South Florida, VA Tech scare me and @Miami tho it shouldnt"

    @Ray_chulll: "besides roasting in Doak all through Sept, it's a nice sched! Bye week b4 Thursday, Clem, UM, UF spread out, #ACCCG this yr!"

    @CheyneMills: "hate playing Murray state and savannah state wish we could at least had FBS opponents instead. And that Thursday game scary."

    @StevenCollier82: "awesome schedule...10-2 at worst, I expect 11-1, won't rule out 12-0...."

    @jcutcher88: "i think the VT game will be a good one"

    Video: FSU track wins the men's ACC Indoor Championship

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 21 Days

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    Exactly three weeks until Florida State hits the field for spring practice. Here's a photo of former Seminoles wide receiver, No. 21 Talman Gardner.

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    Game Preview: No. 15 FSU men's basketball vs. Miami

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    The last time that FSU faced Miami, the Seminoles were coming off a rare ACC loss. Two weeks later, the script is the same.

    Story here.

    Sunday's FSU women's basketball game is free admission

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 24 Days

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    Twenty-four days until Florida State returns to practice. Here's a photo of former Seminoles tailback Rock Preston sporting the No. 24 jersey.

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    Photo: FSU vs. Duke ... the calm before the storm

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    A little less than two hours from tip-off of tonight's Florida State vs. Duke men's basketball game and ESPN's Dick Vitale gets some additional notes on the 'Noles from FSU Sports Information Director Chuck Walsh while Deividas Dulkys warms up in the background.

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    Here are the numbers that each former Florida State player will be wearing while competing at the NFL Combine as well as their official pages on the NFL's website. 

    Each page contains the player's official height, weight, overview and analysis and a grade. Interestingly enough, all of the grades give to the six 'Noles make them "draftable" per the NFL's grading scale.

    Nigel Bradham -- LB03 -- Combine Page
    Andrew Datko -- OL13 -- Combine Page
    Mike Harris -- DB19 -- Combine Page
    Shawn Powell - PK07 -- Combine Page
    Beau Reliford -- TE13 -- Combine Page
    Zebrie Sanders -- OL43 -- Combine Page

    Spring Practice Countdown: 25 days

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    Today's former player in our spring-practice countdown is one of the greatest in Florida State history, Fred Biletnikoff.

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    Pensy & Mellor Podcast - Feb.22

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    PodcastPensy & Mellor Podcast: Discussing FSU Football news
    and FSU vs. Duke hoops

    Find Seminole Podcast


    Game Preview: No. 15 FSU men's basketball vs. No. 5 Duke

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    The Donald L. Tucker Center will be rocking Thursday at 7 p.m. as the No. 15 FSU men's basketball team and No. 5 Duke square off with first place and an opening-round bye in the ACC Tournament on the line. 

    Spring Practice Countdown: 26 days

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    Twenty-six days until the Florida State football program returns to action for the start of spring practices.

    Here's former FSU running back, No. 26 Greg Allen, pictured with Auburn standout Bo Jackson.

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    Okaro White throws it down

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    Florida State's Okaro White had one of the better alley-oop dunks you'll ever see in the 'Noles' win over NC State last weekend.

    Here's what it would have looked like if you were sitting in seats mounted to the top of the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.:

    From the Atlantic Coast Conference:

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    2012 NFL Combine schedule

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    The fine folks at compiled a schedule of events for the 2012 NFL Combine, so let's see when Florida State's six invitees will be working out for NFL personnel in Indianapolis.

    The former Seminoles include punter Shawn Powell, linebacker Nigel Bradham, defensive back Mike Harris, tight end Beau Reliford and offensive linemen Zebrie Sanders and Andrew Datko.

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    From the Atlantic Coast Conference:

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    Want a free TV? Get to the FSU-Duke game early

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    Best Buy will be giving away a 42" Sharp LCD TV to one lucky Florida State men's basketball fan on Thursday when No. 5 Duke comes to town for a highly anticipated ACC rematch.

    Any fan that arrives at the Donald L. Tucker Center before 6:30 and has their ticket scanned upon entering will be eligible to win the TV, which can be seen here.

    Spring Practice Countdown: 27 days

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    Twenty-seven days until the Florida State football team begins 2012 spring practice. 

    Today's former Seminole: Terrell Buckley.

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    Buster Posey ready for his return

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    Former Florida State superstar Buster Posey is gearing up for his return to Major League Baseball action after a gruesome home-plate collision ended his 2011 season with the San Francisco Giants.

    Click the picture to read's Jerry Crasnick's feature story on Posey's return:

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    2011 FSU Football Rewind: Florida State vs. NC State

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    FSU signee Winston earns top academic honor

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    Florida State football and baseball signee Jameis Winston is one of six student-athletes to receive this year's Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award.

    The annual honor is presented each year to the top African-American male high-school scholar athlete in the country by the National Alliance of African American Athletes.

    The six finalists were chosen with emphasis placed on unweighted GPA, extra curricular activities, community service, letters of recommendation and personal statements. Other honorees included Alexander Carter, Ashburn, Va.; Zachery Banner, Tacoma, Wash.; Jonathan Curry, Phenix City, Ala., Keith Marshall, Raleigh, N.C.; and Deion Williams, Long Beach, Calif.

    Winston, a five-star quarterback recruit and elite baseball prospect, signed with the Seminoles earlier this month. At FSU, the Hueytown, Ala. native will compete for both Jimbo Fisher's football team and Mike Martin's baseball team.

    Winston joins former 'Noles safety Myron Rolle as Seminoles that have earned this prestigious award.

    The National Alliance of African American Athletes on Winston:

    USA Today Scholar Athlete, Academic Excellence Honor Roll, Max Prep Sports Scholar Athlete, Hueytown Community Tutor, Hueytown Youth Baseball Instructor, Alabama All State, 1st Team All American Max Prep Sports, #1 Quarterback in the Nation USA Today, Elite 11 MVP, Baseball All American, #4 Football Player in the Nation, and Under Armour All American while maintaining a 4.0 GPA at Hueytown High School.

    Spring Practice Countdown: 28 days

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    The greatest No. 28 in Florida State football history, Warrick Dunn:

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    'Got it, got it, got it, got it!'

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    There's only one person that can accurately sum up exactly what Michael Snaer did last night in the Florida State men's basketball team's 48-47 win over Virginia Tech.

    Enjoy the visual of Snaer burying the Hokies while listening to Gene Deckerhoff call the action:

    Spring Practice Countdown: 31 days

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    Just 31 days until the Florida State football team opens spring practice. Here's a photo of former 'Noles running back, No. 31 Marion Butts.

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    Spring Practice Dates & Spring Games

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    Thanks to Bryan Fischer for compiling the list of all spring football start dates and spring games. Look forward to seeing you in Doak on April 14th.

    Spring Practice Dates
    ACC First Practice Spring Game
    Boston College TBA TBA
    Clemson March 7 April 14
    Duke February 22 March 31
    Florida State March 19 April 14
    Georgia Tech March 26 April 20
    Maryland March 10 April 21
    Miami March 3 April 14
    North Carolina March 14 April 14
    N.C. State March 23 April 21
    Virginia March 19 TBA
    Virginia Tech March 28 April 21
    Wake Forest March 1 April 14
    Big East First Practice Spring Game
    Cincinnati March 1 April 14
    Louisville March 21 April 14
    Pittsburgh March 15 April 14
    Rutgers March 27 April 28
    Syracuse March 20 April 21
    Connecticut March 20 April 21
    South Florida TBA TBA
    Big Ten First Practice Spring Game
    Illinois March 7 April 14
    Indiana March 3 April 14
    Iowa March 24 April 14
    Michigan March 17 April 14
    Michigan State March 27 April 28
    Minnesota March 24 April 21
    Nebraska March 10 April 14
    Northwestern March 3 April 14
    Ohio State March 28 April 21
    Penn State March 26 April 21
    Purdue March 7 April 14
    Wisconsin March 17 April 28
    Big 12 First Practice Spring Game
    Baylor March 19 April 14
    Iowa State TBA TBA
    Kansas March 27 April 28
    Kansas State April 4 April 28
    Oklahoma March 5 April 14
    Oklahoma State March 12 April 21
    TCU February 25 TBA
    Texas February 23 April 1
    Texas Tech February 17
    Spring Primer
    March 24
    West Virginia March 11 TBA
    Pac-12 First Practice Spring Game
    Arizona TBA April 14
    Arizona State March 13 April 21
    California TBA TBA
    Colorado March 10 April 14
    Oregon TBA TBA
    Oregon State April 3 April 28
    Stanford March 27 April 14
    USC March 6 April 14
    Utah March 21 April 21
    Washington TBA TBA
    Washington State TBA April 21
    SEC First Practice Spring Game
    Alabama TBA April 14
    Arkansas March 14 April 21
    Auburn TBA April 14
    TBA April 7
    Georgia TBA April 14
    LSU March 1 March 31
    Mississippi State TBA TBA
    Ole Miss TBA April 14
    Missouri TBA April 21
    South Carolina March 12 April 14
    Tennessee March 26 April 21
    Texas A&M TBA April 28
    Vanderbilt March 16 April 14
    Others First Practice Spring Game
    Notre Dame March 21 April 21
    Boise State TBA TBA
    BYU March 5 March 30
    Air Force TBA TBA
    Army February 13 March 9
    Navy March 19 April 14

    Where's FSU's 2012 schedule? The ACC has an update

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    We at the Atlantic Coast Conference realize that there's tremendous anticipation for the release of the 2012 ACC Football schedule. The conference office and member institutions are equally in anticipation and are taking steps to expedite finding appropriate solutions. As has been documented, there are a number of unusual circumstances beyond the control of the ACC and its member schools that have directly impacted a number of our school's nonconference schedules, which in turn effects the development and completion of the overall schedule. Please know that all parties are working diligently and we appreciate everyone's continued patience. 

    Spring Practice Countdown: 32 days

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    Today's former player in our countdown to Florida State's spring practice is Martin Mayhew. 

    The former FSU cornerback is now the General Manager of the NFL's Detroit Lions.

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    Photo: Shawn Powell's College Football Performance Award

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    Former Florida State student-athlete Shawn Powell will be presented tonight with the College Football Performance Award for the nation's top punter in 2011.

    Here's a look at the huge glass trophy he will be given at halftime of the FSU men's basketball game against Virginia Tech:

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    Powell wins award, to be honored at halftime Thursday night

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    Former Florida State punter Shawn Powell has won the 2011 College Football Performance Award for the nation's top punter in 2011.

    In recognition of that feat, Powell will be honored and presented with a trophy during halftime of the FSU men's basketball team's game against Virginia Tech Thursday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

    For more information on the honor and the science-laden background behind the College Football Performance Awards, click here.


    Kelvin Benjamin an 'intriguing redshirt freshman'

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    Yesterday, writer Bruce Feldman post a list of top intriguing redshirt freshman in college football to watch as spring practices get started across the country.

    Included in Feldman's list is Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin. 

    5, Kelvin Benjamin, FSU, WR: E.J. Manuel should have some very good options to throw to in 2012. The only target FSU loses is Bert Reed, but they gain the super-sized Benjamin in his place. Coaches say Benjamin is up to 245 pounds on his 6-5 frame and he still has the athleticism to get away from DBs and go up and make acrobatic catches in traffic.

    To read the full article, click here.

    Spring Practice Countdown: 33 days

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    There are 33 days until Florida State opens spring practice. Featured today in our former-player countdown is running back Sammie Smith.

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    ACC winter championships will be available online

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    Courtesy of the Atlantic Coast Conference:

    ACC fans can experience the 2012 ACC Winter Championships live on their computers. For the next two weeks, Havoline will present live streaming on of the Swimming & Diving and Indoor Track & Field Championships, while the ACC Wrestling Championship on March 3 will be available on ESPN3.

    The 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Swimming & Diving and Men's Diving Championships begin Wednesday, Feb. 15 and continue through Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg, Va. The Men's Swimming Championship will be held one week later from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25. Both events are hosted by Virginia Tech

    A video-stream of event finals will be available on Thursday through Saturday of each week from 7 to 9 p.m. All championship information including live streaming links and live results can be found at the official championship website, here.

    Frank Comfort will be the color commentator and Jerry Massey will have the play by play. Comfort, who enjoyed a 30-year career as head coach for North Carolina swimming, is no stranger to the ACC Swimming & Diving Championship, having won 25 (10 men's and 15 women's) during his time in Chapel Hill. He is the winningest college-dual meet coach collegiate swimming history. Massey is a sports play-by-play veteran and has done numerous events for the, Virginia Tech and ESPN3.

    The 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's & Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships will kick off Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Boston, Mass. and will continue through Saturday, Feb. 25. The event is hosted by Boston College

    Live coverage of the three-day event will be available on on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. and Saturday at Noon. Additionally, more information, including live results, can be found by visiting the official championship website, here.

    Marc Davis and Patrick Kinas will have the call. Kinas is currently the voice of NC State women's basketball. Davis is a retired track and field athlete who mainly competed in distance races. He won the 1992 3000m steeple chase at the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships and competed at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

    The 2012 ACC Wrestling Championship will take place at the University of North Carolina on March 3, 2012. The finals will be streamed live on ESPN3 starting at 11 a.m. For streaming information, visit here.

    Spring Practice Countdown: 34 days

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 35 days

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    Because I needed a reason to do a photo-countdown feature here on the Doak Insider Blog and because football can't get here soon enough, now seems like as good a time as any to start keeping track of the number of days that remain until Florida State returns to the practice fields.

    As of Monday, Feb. 13, there are 35 days until FSU kicks off spring practice on March 19.

    35 -- the jersey number of Ernie Sims, Sr. 

    Sims, whose sons Ernie Jr. and Marcus both played for the Seminoles, was a four-year letterwinner for FSU from 19777-81. He played running back his first three seasons before switching to linebacker for his senior campaign.

    Sims, Sr. finished his career with 273 yards rushing, 57 yards receiving and one tackle.

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    2011 FSU Football Rewind: Florida State vs. Miami

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    The No. 15/17 Florida State men's basketball team is set to host rival Miami Saturday at 1 p.m. and tickets are going fast.

    As of Friday morning, there were only a few hundred public tickets available for purchase and a limited number of student tickets as the game between the Seminoles and Hurricanes approaches a sell out.

    If you haven't gotten your public or student tickets yet, quickly do so by visiting FSU's Online Ticket Office or by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE.

    Video: Russell Westbrook can fly

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    heck out this dunk by Russell Westbrook from last night's Oklahoma City versus Sacramento game:

    Is there anything Will Ferrell cannot do? Last night, the funny man introduced the players for the New Orleans versus Chicago NBA game.

    Judging by how well he handled the task of announcing the Hornets and Bulls starters, I think Ferrell has a legitimate future in the business if this whole being-the-funniest-man-on-the-planet thing doesn't work out in the movie theaters.

    Video: This is how you deliver the weather

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    Those of you that get to enjoy this fella's weather reports are lucky. Check this out:

    Photo: Seminole Warriors

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    I like to keep everyone one up-to-date on the FSU-related aesthetics around the Moore Center and here's another update.

    Here are three new pictures that have been hung on the wall outside FSU's state-of-the-art weight room inside Doak Campbell Stadium. The football players featured are Rodney Smith, Everett Dawkins and Bryan Stork.

    Photos of former players Christian Ponder, Nigel Bradham and Andrew Datko used to hang in these spots.

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    I always enjoy getting questions from Florida State fans on Twitter and today @NoahWilson had a great one. "Have they announced which players redshirted in 2011," he asked, referencing FSU's football team.

    While there is no official announcement made regarding redshirts by head coach Jimbo Fisher, we can take a look at the participation chart from last season and make some educated guesses by looking at the freshmen players that did not play in any games.

    Here's a list of the first-year 'Noles that did not take the field in 2011:

    1. Kelvin Benjamin
    2. Eric Beverly
    3. Lamarcus Brutus
    4. Ruben Carter
    5. Jacob Coker
    6. Nile Lawrence-Stample
    7. Derrick Mitchell
    8. Giorgio Newberry
    9. Henry Orelus
    10. Trey Pettis

    Odell Haggins named ACC's top recruiter by ESPN

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    Florida State defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins has been name the Atlantic Coast Conference's football recruiter of the year.

    Haggins was the primary recruiter for ESPN150 members Eddie Goldman and Ronald Darby, who both committed to the Seminoles live on television last Wednesday before faxing in their National Letters of Intent.

    The story on Haggins' recruiting efforts as well as a list of the top recruiters from the other conferences can be found here. An ESPN Insider account is needed to access the article.

    Photo: 'Academic Warriors' wall updated

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    Florida State's "Academic Warriors" wall has been updated in the Moore Athletic Center to reflect the top performers in the classroom from the fall 2011 semester.

    Lots of recognizable student-athletes featured, including FSU's superstar freshman wide receiver Rashad Greene.

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    The story of Jameis Winston's delayed signing

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    Florida State finished its 2012 signing class in style with the signing of the nation's No. 1 quarterback, Jameis Winston.

    FSU's new signal caller waited until Friday -- two longer than most of his future teammates -- to sign his National Letter of Intent. Why did he wait, you ask?

    Max Olson from has the story here.

    The incredible story of FSU's newest offensive lineman

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    Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn has a brilliant story on Florida State offensive line signee Menelik Watson.

    It's worth a read to see the road that Watson traveled -- two years playing basketball, a year in community college and much more before, after and in between -- to get to FSU.

    Read the full story here.

    Courtesy of the Atlantic Coast Conference:

    Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced today the future scheduling formats as approved by the ACC's Faculty Athletic Representatives and Athletics Directors.

    The announcement was made following the annual ACC Winter Meetings and will go in effect once Pittsburgh and Syracuse become playing members in the conference.

    "We have been engaged in discussions on the various options for integrating Pitt and Syracuse since early fall," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "It's a tremendous tribute to the leadership at our schools that we will be able to seamlessly add Pitt and Syracuse at the appropriate time when they become full playing members."

    A breakdown of the future scheduling models include:

    The Atlantic and Coastal divisions will remain the same with Syracuse joining the Atlantic and Pitt joining the Coastal. The current primary crossover partners will remain consistent with Syracuse and Pitt becoming primary crossover partners with each other.

    When Pitt and Syracuse join the ACC, the league will play a nine-game conference schedule. The format will consist of each team playing all six in its division each year, plus its primary crossover partner each year and two rotating opponents from the opposite division. This six-year cycle allows each team to play each divisional opponent and its primary crossover partner six times (three home and three away) while also playing each rotating crossover opponent two times (one home and one away).

    Men's and Women's Basketball:
    As previously announced, the ACC will play an 18-game conference schedule beginning in 2012-13.

    When Pitt and Syracuse join, each school will have one primary partner (Boston College and Syracuse; Clemson and Georgia Tech; Duke and North Carolina; Florida State and Miami; Maryland and Pitt; NC State and Wake Forest; Virginia and Virginia Tech).

    The scheduling model will be based on a three-year cycle during which teams will play every league opponent at least once with the primary partners playing home and away annually while the other 12 rotate in groups of four: one year both home and away; one year at home only; and one year away only.  Over the course of the three-year cycle primary partners play a total of six times and all other conference opponents play four times.

    The format allows each program to see opponents with more regularity and creates an increase in competitive balance throughout the teams.

    It was determined that all 14 league members will continue to compete in the ACC Men's and Women's Tournaments and a decision on the Tournament formats will be announced at a later date.

    Olympic Sports:
    All team sports will continue to play each conference team at least once during the regular season. Baseball is the only exception as they currently don't play all conference opponents.

    The league will continue to sponsor an ACC Championship event in all sports. The only exception will be volleyball, which will continue to recognize its champion from regular-season play.

    The conference will sponsor an ACC Championship in the sport of gymnastics. There are currently three institutions that sponsor gymnastics (Maryland, North Carolina and NC State) and with the addition of Pitt, the ACC will have four programs, the necessary number in the league's bylaws to host a conference championship. The ACC previously sponsored a conference championship in gymnastics in 1984.

    Video: Mario Edwards, Jr. can do back flips

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    Florida State signee and nation's top-ranked recruit Mario Edwards, Jr. has the athleticism to do backflips ... at 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds. Unreal.

    Thanks to @TomahawkNation for tweeting this link to the video evidence of Edwards' gravity-defying skills:

    2011 FSU Football Rewind: Florida State vs. Florida

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    Really nice job by Seminole Productions on this highlight video from Florida State's win over Florida last November.


    Yesterday, I asked FSU fans on Twitter to tweet me their thoughts on the Seminoles' 2012 signing class. Here are several of those tweets:

    @JRC_: Mario Edwards, easily. And because he is a freakish athlete who can make an instant impact.

    @caseykidd47: the ones who never wavered even for a second

    @Brummett43: The addition of Bracy and Darby....speed kills!

    @yorsille: Mario Edwards Jr. Because a 300lb man who can do a standing back flip will be a leader and inspire the best in others.

    @therealpug: casher. missed his entire senior season and still didn't miss a beat in the under armour game/practices. also never wavered.

    @Al_K_Hall6: The DT tandem of Edwards/Goldman. Gonna be fun watching them the next 3 or 4 years.

    @FSUarcher: Mario Edwards Jr. Hands down! I was in Tally when his father played for FSU!

    @drewby16: Goldman was a huge signing, but getting Darby will definitely help strengthen the secondary and lock down the D even more.

    @msElishaDawn: Mario Edwards Jr. because of the immediate impact he will have on the team #GoNoles

    @trevwolff: Obviously love Edwards but I'm intrigued by Menelik Watson, a lil coaching & this guy should be an absolute monster.

    @Chris_Michalik: Have to like what Bracy & Darby will bring to FSU Football and Track...excited to watch the d-line recruits, too.

    @Yroc2010: you told me earlier you expected Williams to do returns? Any change?

    @FSULEO: Marvin bracy.. Excited to see his speed on the field. If there's a seem on special teams .. He's gone!

    @SethGotStats: Mario Pender and Chris Casher because believe it or not, they are both UNDERrated. #GoNoles

    Super Bowl commercial preview: Jerry Seinfeld and Acura

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    I am a proud member of the Seinfeld cult -- you know, the group of people that think the show Seinfeld is the greatest syndicated comedy of all time, that it transcends its time frame and that it will never, ever get old.

    Needless to say, I'm a huge fan of this Jerry Seinfeld commercial:

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Ronald Darby

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    One of the fastest players in the nation, Ronald Darby -- a five-star prospect and No. 1-ranked cornerback recruit according to -- could also be a future track & field star at FSU in addition to what he accomplishes on the football field. The former Notre Dame commitment has the potential to play right away for FSU in the secondary or even on special teams.

    Darby de-committed from the Fighting Irish on Jan. 8, coincidentally not too long after FSU defeated Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl.

    Date publicly committed to FSU: Feb. 1, 2012

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Dalvon Stuckey

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    What was said for Justin Shanks is also true for Dalvon Stuckey. The Defuniak Springs, Fla. native will make the short drive down Interstate-10 to Tallahassee where he joins one of the nation's best -- and now deepest -- defensive lines. 

    If you like players staying true to their word, look no further than Stuckey. FSU's new defensive tackle was the second commitment for the 2012 class when he verbally pledged his allegiance to FSU way back in September of 2010.

    Date publicly committed to FSU: Sept. 11, 2010

    LOI timeline breakdown

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    Here's a look at the official times at which the National Letters of Intent of Florida State's newest football players were officially cleared by the Seminoles' compliance staff:

    • Menelik Watson (7:22am)
    • Roberto Aguayo (8:02am)
    • Kenneth (PJ) Williams (8:51am)
    • Marvin Bracy (8:58am)
    • Sean Maguire (9:06am)
    • Colin Blake (9:36am)
    • Reggie Northrup (9:46am)
    • Christopher Casher (9:50am)
    • Mario Edwards (10:03am)
    • Eddie Goldman (10:09am)
    • Justin Shanks (10:35am)
    • Christopher "Christo" Kourtzidis (10:48 am)
    • Ukeme "Markuss" Eligwe (11:15 am)

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Ukeme Eligwe

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    Like Telvin Smith was two years ago, Eligwe was rated by as the second-best high school linebacker in the state of Georgia as a senior.

    And for good reason. Known for his explosiveness and speed, Eligwe was even used in the Wildcat formation in high school because of his ability to elude tacklers. He won't play offense at Florida State but -- like Smith -- could see himself work into the rotation at middle linebacker right away. Despite some late interest in Cal in which he originally announced that he would wait until Feb. 6 to sign his LOI, Eligwe went through with his original decision and signed with the 'Noles on Wednesday.

    He joins REggie Northrup as FSU's two linebacker commits this season.

    Date publicly committed to April 27, 2011

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Christo Kourtzidis

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    For a program that has never been considered a "tight end friendly" school, the 'Noles are quickly chaining that perception. A year after signing one of the nation's best at the position in Nick O'Leary, FSU's coaches did the same thing in 2012 with Christo Kourtzidis.

    The California native will be no lower than third on the depth chart come fall camp as the Seminoles lost Beau Reliford and Ja'Baris Little to graduation. FSU utilized a three-man rotation last season and Kourtzidis will be part of that group along with O'Leary and Will Tye.

    Date publicly committed to FSU: June 18, 2011

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Justin Shanks

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    If FSU is getting bigger, stronger and deeper at defensive end, than the same is true at defensive tackle where Shanks joins the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle prospect, Eddie Williams.

    At 6-foot-3 and 300-plus pounds, Shanks -- another Alabama native that the 'Noles plucked from the Yellowhammer state -- fits the mold of the transition that has taken place at that position the last few years in Tallahassee. Quick, undersized defensive tackles are a thing of the past for the 'Noles. Instead, the Shanks, Goldmans, Timmy Jernigans and Cameron Ervings of the world are the new wave of bull rushers in Florida's capitol city.

    Date publicly committed to FSU: July 27, 2011

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Eddie Goldman

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    With the signing of Eddie Goldman, Florida State now has a two-year streak of signing the nation's best defensive tackle. And after getting Timmy Jernigan's signature last year and seeing how that worked out in his first year in the garnet and gold, FSU fans should be very happy.

    Goldman is another potent weapon for defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins to utilize along a defensive line that was really, really good last year and figures to be great this season with the additions of so many talented signees.

    Goldman had offers from every major program and was one of the most sought after prospects in the nation as a senior.

    Date publicly committed to FSU: Feb. 1, 2012

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Mario Edwards, Jr.

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    Widely considered one of the top high school players in the entire nation, Mario Edwards, Jr. brings NFL-ready size to FSU's pass rush as a true freshman. The son of former 'Noles star Mario Edwards, the younger Seminole stands 6-foot-4 and just under 300 pounds.

    He's listed in some recruiting databases as a defensive tackle, but Edwards has the quickness, agility and hands to play the end position in the defensive trenches. The top recruit in the talent-rich state of Texas this year, FSU had to beat out every program in the nation for Edwards' signature and he immediately upgrades a defensive pass rush that was already pretty stout without him.

    In this case, the rich get richer.

    Date publicly committed to FSU: Jan. 13, 2011

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Chris Casher

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    You've got to love loyalty. Chris Casher verbally committed to the Seminoles over a year ago and remained steadfast in that pledge despite the best recruiting efforts of in-state programs Alabama and Auburn, Georgia and many others.

    FSU's No. 1 position of need entering the 2012 recruiting cycle was defensive end and Casher is one of several top-flight prospects that will have the chance to earn immediate playing time as a true freshman. There won't be any unseating of Brandon Jenkins or Bjoern Werner as starters but with Casher on board, the depth and versatility of the defensive end position increases dramatically since last season.

    Date publicly committed to FSU: Jan. 5, 2011

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Reggie Northrup

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    Despite verbally committing to Miami last June, Reggie Northrup never fully closed the door on his recruitment during his senior season and ultimately decided to sign with the program he grew up following.

    At Florida State, Northrup will provide immediate insurance for a team that lost Nigel Bradham to graduation and Arrington Jenkins to a transfer. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Northrup attends the same high school that produced former Seminole Jermaine Thomas, Nigel Carr, Avis Commack and current player Eric Beverly.

    Date committed to FSU: Feb. 1, 2012

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Colin Blake

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    At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Colin Blake has unique but ideal size for a cornerback that will have to match up with wide receivers that are at least as tall as him if not taller while he plays for the Seminoles. 

    Blake was a one-time Texas A&M commitment that took a visit to Tallahassee in early January after de-committing from the Aggies in December after then-head coach Mike Sherman was fired. At FSU, Blake will join a cornerback corps that has to deal with the losses of Mike Harris and Avis Commack so playing time in his first year is a real possibility.

    Date publicly committed to FSU: Feb. 1, 2012

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Sean Maguire

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    Sean Maguire fits the mold of exactly what Jimbo Fisher wants in his quarterbacks: he can make all the throws, has ability to move outside the pocket and is smart enough to handle the rigors of running an offense.

    By inking Maguire, FSU continues its trend of bringing in at least one quarterback each recruiting cycle -- a yearly tradition that makes the natural progression of the position work in the program's favor moving forward. Maguire will have plenty of time to work and earn a starting job one day.

    Date publicly committed to FSU: June 1, 2011

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Marvin Bracy

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    Very rarely can you pencil in signee for a starting job but it would be shocking if Bracy is not on FSU's kick-return unit come opening day 2012. The Orlando, Fla. native is simply too fast to not be on the field.

    How fast, you say? Last June, Bracy's 10.05 100-meter dash at the USA Track & Field Junior Championships was enough for the title in the event and was the second-fastest all-conditions mark in the history of high school track in the state Florida. More recently, Bracy ran a world's-best 6.08 in the 55-meter dash at an indoor track meet in Gainesvile.

    With quickness like that, he is an ideal fit for special teams and the slot receiver position on offense.

    In addition to football, Bracy will also run track for Florida State, where he will work with well-regarded sprints coach Ken Harnden.

    Date publicly committed to FSU: June 14, 2011

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: P.J. Williams

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    Many recruiting services have P.J. Williams listed as a cornerback but the Ocala, Fla. native has one thing that defensive coordinator/secondary coach Mark Stoops covets in his players: versatility. At 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, has the size to play at both cornerback or safety for FSU and could be slotted into either of those positions depending on depth and need.

    Williams became the first commitment for FSU's 2012 class when he gave his pledge in July of 2010 and stood firm in that decision despite offers from some of the country's best programs.

    Date publicly committed to FSU: July 24, 2010

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Roberto Aguayo

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    The heir apparent to Dustin Hopkins doesn't fill an immediate need but Aguayo will surely come in handy next season. It's likely that FSU's new kicker will take a "grayshirt," which means he will not join the football program until the spring semester of 2013.

    By doing this, Aguayo won't have to use a year of his eligibility standing on the sidelines during Hopkins' senior campaign. After Hopkins graduates, Aguayo, who was rated the nation's No. 3 kicker according to both and, will have the chance to start four years in a row for the Seminoles just his predecessor.

    Date publicly committed to FSU: Jan. 31, 2011

    #FSUNSD Instant Analysis: Menelik Watson

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    One of FSU's biggest areas of need for this recruiting cycle was not necessarily quantity at the offensive line position but quality -- in particular, getting guys that could play right away if need be.

    Like Glauser, Menelik Watson is another junior-college standout that has a chance to earn a starting job from day one at fall camp. With Glauser and Watson on board, the Seminoles could have two new upperclassmen bookends at the tackle spots -- a luxury the team didn't have last year after Andrew Datko went down with a season-ending injury early in the season.

    Watson was the first Florida State recruit to sign his National Letter of Intent for the 2012 class.

    Date publicly committed to FSU: Jan. 25, 2012

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