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    K Time with Scott Kotick: March 29

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    Check out an all-new edition of K Time, talking Florida State Baseball.

    Pensy & Mellor Podcast - March 29

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    Join hosts Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for an all-new Pensy & Mellor Podcast. Spring football practice is well underway in Tallahassee and you'll hear from head coach Jimbo Fisher on the physical style of practice this week.

    Karlos Williams was a special teams star last year and he sits down to talk about the transition from high school to college with Layne Herdt and Bob Thomas.

    Ryan and Brandon return to discuss Cameron Erving's progress in moving from the defensive line to the offensive line. They also discuss the impact Chris Thompson brings to the team after returning from injury.

    Finally the guys make their picks for the Final Four as well as weighing in on the Nike vs. Reebok jersey battle.

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    Fisher & Hamilton To Appear At Dick Vitale Gala

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    Cary, N.C.--The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation's leading cancer research foundations, and ESPN personality Dick Vitale are excited to announce an extensive list of celebrities from sports and entertainment that are scheduled to attend the Seventh Annual Dick Vitale Gala on May 18 in Sarasota, Florida. Net proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric cancer research in Florida through The V Foundation.

    "For the seventh consecutive year, Sarasota will be the toast of the sports world," said Vitale. "The gala will have so many big names, led by our honorees, Lou Holtz, Gary Williams and Jay Wright. Then you have the likes of John Calipari, Rick Pitino, Billy Donovan, Bob Huggins, Frank Martin, Leonard Hamilton and Jim Calhoun from college basketball, baseball's Gary Sheffield, new Bucs coach Greg Schiano, Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde, Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher and many more. It should be awesome, baby, with a capital A as we raise over $1 million for pediatric cancer research."

    Among others scheduled to attend the Gala are the NFL's Ricky Watters, Reggie Brooks, and Ken Dorsey as well as New York Giants' offensive lineman David Baas. NCAA men's basketball will be represented by Final Four coaches Calipari and Pitino as well as Mike Brey (Notre Dame) Mark Gottfried (NC State), Ben Howland (UCLA), Jim Calhoun (UConn) and Scott Drew (Baylor). College football coaches in attendance will include Skip Holtz (South Florida) and Charlie Strong (Louisville). ESPN sports radio and television personality Colin Cowherd as well as college basketball insider for CBS Sports and Sirius/XM Radio Jon Rothstein will also be in attendance.

    The Seventh Annual Dick Vitale Gala will be held on May 18, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. During the event, a winner of the Dick Vitale Car Raffle will be announced. The winner will receive a Mars Red Mercedes E350A. Tickets for the raffle are on sale now. Only 1,500 car raffle tickets will be sold for a suggested minimum donation of $100. Following the Gala, an after party will include live music featuring R&B group The Spinners.

    For more information about the Dick Vitale Gala, contact Mary Kenealy at 941-350-0580. To purchase Gala tickets, raffle tickets or for official rules for the raffle, please contact The V Foundation at 1-800-4JimmyV (1-800-454-6698) or visit

    About The V Foundation
    The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has raised more than $120 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. Administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by the Foundation's endowment. The Foundation awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit

    Photo: New FSU women's basketball uniforms

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    Credit goes to for sharing these images this morning. These are the redesigned uniforms that the Florida State women's basketball team will start wearing once the 2012-13 season begins later this year.


    Mario Pender @ Practice

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    For those clamoring for a picture of Mario Pender here you go:

    For more pictures from practice, click here

    Spring Practice Observations: Monday, March 26

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    A full week into spring practice and here are a few observations from the early part of Monday's full-pads session.

    Bryan Stork took the majority of the first-team reps at right tackle today in place of Bobby Hart. The depth chart, of course, is fluid so this doesn't mean Hart has been replaced as the starter -- it just means that Stork is getting some extended work in that position after playing both center and guard throughout his career.

    With Stork on the right side, the rest of the offensive line remained the same through the early part of practice: Tre' Jackson at right guard, Austin Barron at center, Jose Matias at left guard and Cameron Erving at left tackle.

    Sophomore running back Devonta Freeman may be out for the spring with a back injury but that hasn't stopped him from doing whatever work that he can. In this case, Freeman continues to spend practice with a football firmly grasped in his right arm as he watches from the sidelines.

    Another running back with an injury, Chris Thompson is in a blue no-contact jersey but he continues to run with the first team. He has a broken left hand so he carries the ball with just his right hand and arm.

    On special teams, here are the players that were working with the kick-return unit: Rashad Greene, Greg Reid, Lamarcus Joyner, Christian Green, Karlos Williams and Mario Pender.

    If you missed the photo from last week's photo gallery, Pender has taken over Ty Jones' role as the player that runs and gives strength coach Vic Viloria a flying chest bump at the conclusion of stretching drills every day.

    *Head coach Jimbo Fisher will address the media at the conclusion of practice so stay tuned to later this evening for a full press release with video.

    2011-12 FSU men's basketball banquet set for April 11

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    K Time with Scott Kotick: March 22

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    Check out an all-new edition of K Time, breaking down the top three story lines heading into the upcoming weekend of Florida State Baseball as the Seminoles head up to Winstom-Salem, N.C. to face Wake Forest.

    FSU still No. 2 in Directors' Cup standings

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    Florida State finished the fall in second place in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings and as of March 22 the Seminoles are still in the same position.

    After finishing eighth in men's track and field, 20th in women's track and field and 30th in women's swimming and diving, the Seminoles added 167.00 points to their 351.00 points from te fall.

    With 518.00 points total, FSU trails only Standford's 648.75.
    Full Release and Standings in PDF Format

    First Appearance At Practice

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    Look who made their first appearance at Florida State spring football practice today.  The nation's top recruit, Mario Edwards Jr. who will enroll at Florida State this summer.

    Video: Final Four court timelapse

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    Here's a cool video showing a timelapse during the construction of the court that will be used for the Final Four in New Orleans.

    From Connor Sports Flooring:

    The finishing of the Final Four® court took nearly 5 weeks, but you can see it here in just 2 minutes. The floor will be traveling on a 7 city tour from March 16-23, 2012. Once the floor arrives in New Orleans it will take between 2-4 hours to install.

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 1 Day

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    The long wait is over. Just one day until FSU football starts spring practice.

    Here's a photo of former No. 1, wide receiver Andre Cooper.

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    Pensy & Mellor Podcast - FSU vs. Cincy Preview

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    Join hosts Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for a special edition of the Pensy & Mellor Podcast.  The guys examine the Seminoles second round win over St. Bonaventure and preview the Noles third round game against Cincinnati.

    PodcastPensy & Mellor Podcast - FSU
    vs. Cincy NCAA Preview

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    Survive And Advance

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    By Reid Ferrin, Special to

    Survive and advance. (3)Florida State did just that, topping (14) St. Bonaventure 66-63 Friday in Nashville, Tennessee.   

    What started as a second-round matchup in the East Region looked more like two heavyweight championship boxers showcasing their strength, speed and endurance. Eventually, the Seminoles imposed their will on the Bonnies, giving coach Leonard Hamilton his 179th career victory.

    St. Bonaventure jumped out to a quick 7-0 run and maintained it throughout the first half, largely in part to Andrew Nicholson, who scored 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks within the first eight minutes of play, before having to sit with two fouls. 

    Speaking of foul trouble, FSU guard Michael Snaer, who was held scoreless in the game (0-7) picked up two quick fouls, forcing coach Leonard Hamilton to sit him for most of the first half. Had it not been for an 8-0 Seminoles run midway through the first half, capped by Ian Miller's three-pointer, the game may have slipped away.

    With his team trailing 34-28 at halftime, Leonard Hamilton's speech worked. FSU began the second session with an Xavier Gibson reverse layup, followed by a Bernard James block against Nicholson, and a subsequent jam by the former Air Force staff sergeant, pulling the Noles within two, 34-32.

    Both teams competed back and forth as the game reached midway through the second half. Trailing 46-40, senior Luke Loucks, with fiancé', family and friends in the stands, scored on a driving lay-up, and later tossed a full-court pass to Jon Kreft for a two-handed jam, keeping the Noles within reach

    FSU's relentless, defensive energy created run outs, exemplified when Loucks' missed attempt was jammed home by a trailing Bernard James.

    Trailing by as many as ten throughout the course of the game, Ian Miller gave FSU its first lead, draining a three pointer to put the Seminoles up 55-52, and they wouldn't look back.

    Leading 66-63 with seconds to play, the Seminoles relied upon their length, forcing two ill-advised shot attempts by the Bonnies to miss the mark, giving Florida State the three-point victory and a date with the (6) Cincinnati Bearcats on Sunday.

    Bernard James led the Seminoles with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Fellow senior Luke Loucks ended with 13 points 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the victory. Alex Nicholson led St. Bonaventure with 20 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.



    Spring Practice Countdown: 2 Days

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    Two days until Florida State starts spring practice so that means it's time for a photo of Deion Sanders, whose No. 2 jersey is retired for the Seminoles.

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 3 Days

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    It's almost here. Florida State spring practice is just three short days away. Here's a former of former Seminole, No. 3 Scott Bentley.

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    The Florida State Golden Girls, in town for the NCAA Tournament, took over the dance floor at the Wild Horse Saloon in downtown Nashville on March 15, 2012.

    2012 FSU football spring practice schedule

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    Week 1 - Mon. Mar. 19; Wed. Mar. 21; Thurs. Mar. 22; Sat. Mar. 24

    Week 2 - Mon. Mar. 26; Wed. Mar. 28; Fri. Mar. 30 (Coaching Clinic); Sat. Mar. 31 (Coaching Clinic)

    Week 3 - Mon. Apr. 2; Wed. Apr. 4; Thurs. Apr. 5; Sat. Apr. 6

    Week 4 - Mon. Apr. 9; Wed. Apr. 11; Thurs. Apr. 12 (If necessary); Sat. Apr. 14 - Spring Game

    Pensy & Mellor Podcast - NCAA Tournament Preview

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    Join Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for an all-new Pensy & Mellor Podcast.  This week it's a split edition as Brandon is traveling with the men's basketball team in Nashville for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.  The guys discuss the ACC Championship in Atlanta, preview the Seminoles first round NCAA Tournament game vs. St. Bonaventure and recap 2012 FSU Pro Day.

    PodcastPensy & Mellor Podcast - ACC Champs, previewing NCAA Tournament, FSU Pro Day

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    Snaer a U.S. Marine Corps Performer of the Week

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    Florida State men's basketball player Michael Snaer is one of three athletes to be named Performer of the Week in a recognition sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps.

    Courtesy of (read the full article here):

    College Basketball: Michael Snaer - The Florida State Seminoles wouldn't have won their first ACC men's basketball tournament title without their junior guard. Snaer averaged 18 points as the Seminoles plowed their way through three straight wins. First he scored 20, including four-of-five from three-point range, in a win over Miami.

    Then he had 16 and six assists as Florida State edged No. 6 Duke, 62-59, in the semifinals. Snaer was on fire from downtown in the title game as well, hitting four-of-five threes en route to 18 points as the Seminoles clinched the championship with an 85-82 win over North Carolina. Snaer was named tourney MVP for his efforts.

    Spring Practice Countdown: 4 Days

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    The countdown is winding down. Just four days until FSU starts spring practice on March 19. Here's a photo of former Seminoles wide receiver, Anquan Boldin.

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 5 Days

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    Just five days until Florida State starts spring practice. Here's a photo of former No. 5, wide receiver Chris Davis.

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 6 Days

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    Less than a week to go until FSU returns to practice. With just six days until the start of spring practice, here's a photo of running back Greg Jones wearing No. 6 in the Seminoles' classic all-white uniform.

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    Photo: FSU's shoes for the NCAA Tournament

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    There is some really cool Florida State Nike-related social media items coming in the next few days as the No. 3-seed Seminoles get ready for the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

    Here's a look at the shoes that FSU will be wearing starting Friday against St. Bonaventure. Check out the entire Nike collection by clicking here and learn more about the Twitter hashtag #RiseAsOne.

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    2012 ACC Title Game - Highlights

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    Buster Is Back!

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    Very cool video promoting Buster Posey from MLB 12 The Show:

    Video: Sportswriter predicts FSU championship ... via song

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    WInston-Salem News Journal sportswriter Dan Collins made a prediction last week that the reign of Duke and North Carolina would come to an end at this year's ACC Tournament and he did it via song.

    Watch Collins predict a Florida State championship here:

    Spring Practice Countdown: 7 Days

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    One week and counting. Just seven days until Florida State returns to action for spring practice. Here's former FSU linebacker Buster Davis, who wore No. 7 for the latter part of his career.

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 8 Days

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    The one-week countdown is nearly on. Just eight days until FSU football practice starts. Here is a photo of former Seminole, No. 8 Bryant McFadden.

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    Screen Shot: Duke 'a victim' of FSU on front of

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 9 Days

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    We have officially reached single digits in our countdown to the start of FSU's spring practice. And with just nine days to go, who better to celebrate such an occasion than No. 9 Peter Warrick. 

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 10 Days

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    One of the greatest and most famous players to ever compete at Florida State was Derrick Brooks. And even though the standout linebacker wore No. 10, we are switching things up today and giving some pub to another No. 10 in an FSU uniform -- Dan Kendra.

    Just 10 days from now, the Seminoles will start spring practice. Get excited.

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 11 Days

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    Today's former Seminole football player is No. 11, Dexter Carter. FSU has just 11 days until it starts spring practice in preparation for the 2012 season.

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 12 Days

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    Twelve days to go until FSU starts spring practice so here's a photo of former No. 12, Matt Frier.

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    Florida State fans are encouraged to come out to Tomahawk Sports Bar & Grill Friday night to watch the No. 17 FSU men's basketball ACC Tournament game at 9 p.m.

    Tomahawk will be offering 2-for-1 Jager Bombs, $12 domestic beer buckets and 49-cent chicken wings to those fans that come out and support FSU in its bid to capture a conference crown in Atlanta.

    Mario Pender among 'most intriguing early enrollees'

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    Florida State freshman running back will get his opportunity in less than two weeks to show why he was so highly regarded coming out of high school when the Seminoles kick off spring practice March 19.

    As a preview for spring practices across the country,'s Bruce Feldman has listed Pender one of 11 "most intriguing early enrollees" in all of college football.

    5-Mario Pender, FSU, RB: Last year at about this time another early enrollee RB at FSU, Devonta Freeman was turning some heads. Freeman had a good season in 2011, but watch out for Pender. The guy is a blur, who is both quick and fast. In fact, sources at FSU say he's the fastest back the Noles have. In high school, he averaged 12 yards per carry.   

    To read Feldman's entire list, click here.

    Google+ Hangout Thursday at 4 p.m. from Philips Arena

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    Join me for a Google+ Hangout live at Philips Arena at 4 p.m. as the Florida State men's basketball team holds its first practice in Atlanta for the ACC Tournament.

    Go here to post questions for the Hangout and you could be included in the event.

    Michael Snaer named recognized by USBWA

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    Yesterday he was named to the All-ACC Second Team, today he was named to the All-District IV Team.

    The U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) named Florida State's Michael Snaer one of 10 selections for its 2011-12 All-District Team. The District IV squad which Snaer is part of consists of players from Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

    To see the full announcement, click here.

    KY, TN, MS, AL, GA, FL
    Anthony Davis, Kentucky
    Steve Prohm, Murray State
    Will Barton, Memphis
    Bradley Beal, Florida
    Kenny Boynton, Florida
    Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
    Anthony Davis, Kentucky
    John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
    Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
    Michael Snaer, Florida State
    Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt

    Spring Practice Countdown: 13 Days

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    Thirteen days to go until Florida State begins spring practice in preparation for the 2012 season. Our former-'Nole countdown continues with No. 13, quarterback Danny Kanell.

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 14 Days

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    Exactly two weeks until FSU hits the field for practice. Here's a photo of former 'Noles quarterback, No. 14 Danny McManus.

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    2011 FSU Football Rewind: Season Highlights

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 15 Days

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    Today's former Florida State football player in our countdown to the Seminoles' 2012 spring practice period is Mario Edwards, whose son, Mario, Jr., was the nation's No. 1 high school recruit and will enroll at FSU this summer. 

    Just 15 days to go until the 'Noles return to action.

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 16 Days

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    Just over two weeks until Florida State returns to action for spring practice. Sixteen days to be exact so here's a photo of former No. 16, Chris Weinke.

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 17 Days

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    Only 17 days until FSU starts spring practice and today's photo of a former Seminole is one of the greatest ever: Charlie Ward.

    Check out this photo of the 'Noles' Heisman Trophy winner doing something that's not featured in too many of his highlight reels; punting.

    And don't forget that you can vote for Ward to be featured on the cover of EA Sports NCAA Football 13 video game this year alongside Robert Griffin III. Click here for more information.

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    'Highlight of the Night' at FSU-UVa, of course

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    The reaction photo of Ian Miller's game-winning 3-pointer Thursday night at Virginia is currently on the front of Miller's clutch play was enough to earn ESPN's "Highlight of the Night."

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    Video: Ian Miller's game-winning 3-pointer at Virginia

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    Credit to @RunThe Floor for uploading this video to Youtube so quickly. 

    Here's Ian Miller's game-winning 3-pointer at Virginia Thursday night. The Seminoles won 63-60 to reach 20 wins for the fourth consecutive season.

    Photo: New 'Noles running back Mario Pender

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    Spring Practice Countdown: 18 Days

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    Eighteen days to go until FSU starts spring practice and today's former athlete Greg Carr, who switched from No. 89 to 18 for his senior season in the garnet and gold.

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