March 2012 Archives
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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"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 http://www.jimmyv.org/events/dick-vitale-gala/.
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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 Seminoles.com later this evening for a full press release with video.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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|PLAYER OF THE YEAR|
|Anthony Davis, Kentucky|
|COACH OF THE YEAR|
|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