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    2012 Season Countdown: 63 days

    2012 Season Countdown: 64 days

    2012 Season Countdown: 65 days

    Podcast: Bruce Feldman Interview

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    Join hosts Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for an all-new Doak Insider Podcast. Major changes are in store for college football with a new playoff slated for 2014. Senior College Football Columnist Bruce Feldman joins the show to breakdown everything you need to know about the new playoff.

    Bruce offers updates on how the four teams will be selected, where the games could be played and how much money this playoff could generate.

    The guys also discuss how the playoff could impact non-conference scheduling, and what teams can do if they are on the outside looking in.

    Finally, Bruce offers his take on the Seminoles upcoming season, and why it is important to both the program and Jimbo Fisher.

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    2012 Season Countdown: 66 days

    Video: Kamerion Wimbley on 'American Ninja Warrior'

    Athlon's 2012 All-ACC Teams feature league-best 12 FSU selections

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    Athlon Sports released its 2012 All-ACC Teams today and Florida State leads the conference with 12 selections.

    FSU's first-team selections include Brandon Jenkins (DL), Lamarcus Joyner (S), Dustin Hopkins (K) and Greg Reid (PR). 

    Rashad Greene (WR), Nick O'Leary (TE), Bjoern Werner (DL), Reid (CB) and Xavier Rhodes (CB) are second-team selections and EJ Manuel (QB), Timmy Jernigan (DL) and Christian Jones round out the 'Noles' 12 selections with their placement on the third team.

    To see the full release and all three of Athlon's 2012 All-ACC Teams, click here.

    2012 Season Countdown: 67 days

    Video: Bernard James readies for NBA Draft

    2012 Season Countdown: 68 days

    FSU Kids' Club Party tonight at Jersey Mike's Market Square location

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    Jersey Mike's is located at 155 Market St.

    2012 Season Countdown: 69 Days

    2012 Season Countdown: 70 Days

    Podcast: Phil Steele Interview

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    Join hosts Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for an all-new Doak Insider Podcast. There is nothing better this time of year than reading the preview publications to get excited for college football season. The guys welcome Phil Steele to the show to discuss his 2012 College Football Preview magazine.

    Phil discusses why he chose Florida State to finish number one in the country and win the national title. He also breaks down the Noles schedule, and gives his thoughts on each Seminole position segment.

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    Welcome FSU baseball back to town tonight around 5:30 p.m.

    Fresh off its 21st appearance in the College World Series, the Florida State baseball team will return to campus around 5:30 p.m. this evening.

    Seminoles fans are encouraged to welcome the team back to Tallahassee and congratulate FSU on all of its  2012 successes in the parking lot between Doak Campbell and Dick Howser stadiums at that time.

    2012 Season Countdown: 71 Days

    Kamerion Wimbley to compete on 'American Ninja Warrior'

    Current Tennessee Titans/former Florida State defensive end Kamerion Wimbley has always been known for his otherworldly athleticism. Now he's going to use it off the football field.

    What exactly is "American Ninja Warrior"? Glad you asked:

    Hat tip to @zachstipe for sharing the Titans' tweet.

    2012 Season Countdown: 72 days

    Former 'Noles set to begin 2012 CFL season

    The Canadian Football League is currently playing preseason games with its opening contests set to take place the weekend of June 29 to July 1.

    There are currently eight players and one coach in the CFL that at one point in their careers played football at Florida State.

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    Adrian McPherson plays quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes along with wide receiver Chris Davis and linebacker Kenny Ingram.

    Offensive lineman Shannon Boatman plays for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and wide receiver Greg Carr catches passes for the Edmonton Eskimos.

    Defensive backs Marcus Ball and Pat Watkins compete for the Toronto Argonauts, a team that also features former 'Noles wide receiver Kez McCorvey as an assistant coach.

    According to this report, former FSU wide receiver Correy Surrency was recently cut by the Argonauts. Another former Seminoles wideout, Jarmon Fortson, is on Toronto's suspended players list.

    2012 Season Countdown: 73 Days

    Podcast: CWS Final Four

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    Join hosts Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for an all-new Doak Insider Podcast. The Seminoles staved off elimination for a second time in the College World Series by defeating UCLA. You'll hear Scott Sitz and Mike Martin discussing the win over the Bruins.

    The Noles now must defeat Arizona twice to advance to the title round of the CWS and the guys breakdown the Noles chances.

    They also discuss which freshmen football players they are most excited to see when players report to campus.

    Does getting rid of the BCS moniker make sense? The guys offer their opinons on this subject and much more.

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    Screen Shot: Scott Sitz is all over the Internet

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    And here is the story on Scott Sitz's memorable performance in Tuesday night's College World Series elimination-game win over UCLA: Sitz keeps Seminoles alive in Omaha

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    2012 Season Countdown: 74 Days

    FSU baseball's John Holland suspended indefinitely

    Courtesy of the Florida State Sports Information Department:

    Comment from Florida State head coach Mike Martin on John Holland:

     "The young man in question, John Holland, made a serious error in judgment.  Due to a violation of team rules, he has been suspended indefinitely.  The university will have no further comment on the situation."

    Video: David Castillo graduates from medical school

    Here is a great feature by's Layne Herdt on former Florida State center David Castillo, who recently graduated from FSU's medical school and officially started his residency at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital yesterday (June 18).

    2012 Season Countdown: 75 days

    Timetable for college football awards watch-lists announced

    The National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) announced the timetable for this year's awards watch lists Monday morning. Starting July 9 and occurring every day until July 20, the NCFAA will reveal its list of college football players on each national-award watch list.

     Do you think any FSU players will be on these lists? If so, which ones? Tweet me @BrandonMellor to share your thoughts.
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    Former FSU point guard Luke Loucks signs with VEF Riga

    Former Florida State point guard Luke Loucks is officially a professional basketball player. Two-time defending Latvian League champion VEF Riga announced his signing today on its official website

    As FSU's starting point guard, Loucks helped lead the Seminoles to the first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in school history this past season.

    A hat tip to @RunTheFloor, for sharing this information on Twitter this morning.

    Gonzalo Barroilhet featured on FSU College of Business website

    There's a great feature on Florida State track & field star Gonzalo Barroilhet on the university's College of Business website. Click the picture to read the story.
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    Screen Shot: Mike Compton on's main page

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    2012 Season Countdown: 76 Days

    2012 Season Countdown: 77 Days

    2012 Season Countdown: 78 Days

    Screen Shot: Bernard James on's draft page

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    And here is the feature story associated with the photo of the former Florida State center: Rookie life? No sweat when compared to past for FSU's James

    SAN FRANCISCO, California -- The day before the first round of any tournament can be pretty nerve-wracking, but instead of worrying about my opening tee shot on Thursday, I decided to try and relax and learn from one of the coolest customers in golf: Miguel Angel Jimenez.

    I had a couple of guys on my list that I wanted to play a practice rounds with this week, and "The Mechanic" was definitely near the top. What I love about him the most is that he's so laid back and just enjoys life to the fullest. You have to respect a guy who can go out there, have a good time and still find a way to grind out positive results.

    Luckily, I ended up getting the chance to play with him on Wednesday afternoon and the round didn't disappoint. Even though I didn't play my best golf, Miguel joked around and kept things light, making it one of the highlights of my U.S. Open week.

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    2012 Season Countdown: 79 Days

    SAN FRANCISCO, California -- After playing with good friend Hunter Hamrick during Monday's practice round, I decided to switch things up a bit and play with Peter Hanson on Tuesday. But when I showed up for my round I was actually paired with Kevin Streelman.

    While I'm sure I would've had a great time playing with Peter, Kevin was an absolute blast to hang out with for the afternoon. He had a lot of great advice for me and answered any question I had. I think that's one of the things people don't realize out here. Even though we're all trying to beat each other and win, most of these guys are more than willing to answer questions and give you advice.

    Instead of playing 18 holes again on Tuesday, I decided to just play the back nine (it's actually 10 holes since you tee off on the ninth) and get a better feel for the finishing stretch at Olympic Club. It's still a learning experience for me since this is only my second round at the course, but I'm learning quickly that you don't want to be in this rough.

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    2012 Season Countdown: 80 Days

    2012 Season Countdown: 81 Days

    SAN FRANCISCO, California -- I knew the cross-country flight from Florida to California would be long, but for some reason Sunday felt like an eternity. Our plane had one of those screens that shows you how far along you are in your trip, and I noticed at one point that were flying through Colorado.

    Well for whatever reason, the last leg from Colorado to San Francisco felt like five hours. It was like time was standing still. But I guess that's what it feels like when you really want to get somewhere, and there's no question I wanted to get to Olympic Club.

    I've been to San Francisco before, so being in the Bay Area isn't that big of a deal. It's probably a good thing because it'll allow me to stay low-key for the early part of the week and really concentrate on my game.

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    FSU ranked No. 1 in Phil Steele's Top 40 Countdown

    Phil Steele has been counting down his top 40 college football teams over the past month and Tuesday marked the culmination of the countdown with the announcement that Florida State is No. 1.

    In his magazine, which has already been available for purchase, Steele has FSU winning the national championship.

    To see Steele's breakdown of the Seminoles, click here where you can print out the information or save it as a PDF.

    It should be noted, however, that Steele's depth chart is off in some places -- particularly on the offensive line. He has FSU's projected starters on the line as being Daniel Glauser (LT), Jacob Fahrenkrug (LG), Bryan Stork (C), Garrett Faircloth (RG) and Bobby Hart (RT). 

    But FSU actually ended spring practices with a much different look up front -- one that has a good shot of remaining steady throughout fall camp and into the Sept. 1 opener against Murray State.

    FSU's line entering the fall will likely look like this: Cameron Erving (LT), Josue Matias (LG), Austin Barron (C), Tre' Jackson (RG) and Bryan Stork (RT). The biggest battle will be between Hart and Stork at right tackle.

    On defense, Steele has Karlos Williams listed as a starter at safety but the sophomore speedster will enter the 2012 season as the back-up to Terrence Brooks.

    Football Fan Day scheduled for Aug. 12

    Florida State's annual Football Fan Day will take place on Aug. 12 this year at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

    The event is free to the public and allows FSU fans the opportunity to come meet, greet and get autographs from the Seminoles players and coaches.

    Athlon Sports picks FSU football to win ACC

    Athlon Sports has predicted that Florida State will win the league in its ACC Football 2012 Predictions feature.

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    The media and others may have jumped the gun by anointing Florida State as the class of the ACC's Atlantic Division in 2011, but the rest of the division will be hard-pressed to keep the Seminoles out of the conference title game again this fall. FSU brings back nine starters from a defense that ranked among the top five in the country in several categories. The offense is led by a senior quarterback, a senior tailback and an abundance of talented skill-position players. And special teams again will be a plus, with an All-America candidate at kicker and a dangerous return specialist in Greg Reid. If the Seminoles' offensive line is just adequate, they could be the team to beat.

    To read the entire article, click here.

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    2012 Season Countdown: 82 Days

    My Town My Team Terms

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    2012 Season Countdown: 83 Days

    Video: Bernard James interview at the NBA Draft Combine

    2012 Season Countdown: 84 Days

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    2012 Season Countdown: 85 Days

    FSU Alumni By State

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    2012 Season Countdown: 86 Days

    Video: NCAA Football 13 player rankings

    While in attendance at E3, recorded this video of all the player rankings on EA Sports NCAA Football 13 video game.

    Florida State is featured when the video gets to the 4:32 mark.

    Thanks to @markusfrieske for tweeting me this video.

    2012 Season Countdown: 87 Days

    'Noles react to MLB draft selections

    Here is a list of the Florida State baseball players that were drafted through the first two days of the 2012 MLB Draft:

    James Ramsey, SR - 1st round, 23rd pick - St. Louis Cardinals

    Jayce Boyd, JR - 6th round, 200th pick - NY Mets

    Robert Benincasa, JR - 7th round, 234th pick - Washington Nationals

    Devon Travis, JR - 13th round, 424th pick - Detroit Tigers

    Sherman Johnson, SR - 14th round, 447th pick - LA Angels

    Hunter Scantling, SR - 14th round, 454th pick - Detroit Tigers


    Here are quotes from day two selections:

    Jayce Boyd, New York Mets

    "I am really, really excited," said Boyd on being selected by the New York Mets.  "I got to sit up in the stands (in Howser Stadium) with my family and listen to it (draft online).  For them to be there with me at that point in my life and career is very special to me and it was awesome that we got to experience that together."


    Robert Benincasa, Washington Nationals

    "It was extremely exciting," said Benincasa on hearing his name being called by the Washington Nationals.  "It definitely is one of the most exciting moments of my life.  It is something that I have looked forward to my whole baseball career especially the last few years at Florida State. This year has been extra special especially with the success I have had, having the draft in mind and it being my draft year.  Things could not have worked out any better.  I am extremely thankful and extremely blessed."


    Devon Travis, Detroit Tigers

    "It was probably one of the most exciting things I ever heard," said Travis on hearing the Tigers pick him in the 13th round.  "It is such an honor to get drafted and to hear your name being called - there's nothing better.  I am kind of speechless right now.  This moment is a little bit surreal.  It is an honor to get drafted by the Tigers."


    Sherman Johnson, LA Angels

    "It's awesome," said Johnson on being selected by the Angels.  "It was my last chance to be drafted and it was the first time I have been drafted.  It's definitely an awesome feeling.  It was great to have all my friends and family calling and texting me and saying congratulations.  It's definitely an experience I will remember forever.  The Angels are a first class organization and a lot of their guys in the big leagues are home grown.  I know they just got (Albert) Pujols so that's not too bad and they have always been a great team.  It's going to be exciting and I'm looking forward to it."


    Hunter Scantling, Detroit Tigers

    "I was thinking it would be the Tigers since I had talked to their scout a lot the last couple of weeks," said Scantling. "Dan (Bennett) texted me and said that he is ready for me to catch up with him.  The chance to play with Dan again and possibly Devon makes this moment that much better because they are both great friends.  I am just glad that I got an opportunity to further my skills and try and make it to the big leagues."

    *Quotes courtesy of FSU Sports Information

    Podcast: Regional Baseball Recap

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    Join hosts Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for an all-new Doak Insider Podcast. The Florida State Seminoles advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend with a win over Samford, and the guys have a complete recap of the Regional.

    They also discuss the MLB draft and James Ramseys selection in the first round.

    They close the show with a look at the new SEC scheduling format of 6-1-1 and how it will impact rivalries.

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    2012 Season Countdown: 88 Days

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ( - Florida State senior Brooks Koepka, who led the Seminole men's golf team to a ninth place finish at the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship last week, won a one hole sudden victory playoff at the U.S. Open sectional qualifying tournament at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla., and will play in next week's U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, June 11-17.

    Koepka (Wellington, Fla.) played the 36-hole qualifier with scores of 72-70 for a 2 under par score of 142.  He finished play tied with Andy Zhang who made a five-foot birdie shot on his final hole to close his round with an identical score of 2 under par. 

    Koepka and Zhang then headed for the 18th hole to begin the playoff.  Koepka birdied the first playoff hole while Zhang, who putted after Koepka made his birdie putt, missed the hole on his birdie attempt, sending Koepka into his first U.S. Open.

    "I am really excited to have earned the honor of playing in the U.S. Open," said Koepka.  "It was a fun and exciting day and to have my brother (Chase) as my caddie made it even more special.  I feel like I am hitting the ball well and I am happy with my game right now.  I have always dreamed about playing in the U.S. Open and I am really looking forward to playing in this event for the first time in my career."

    Koepka, one of the top golfers in school history, has earned All-America Honors twice and led the Seminoles to a pair of top 10 national finishes (No. 3 in 2010 and No. 9 in 2012) during his four-year varsity career as a Seminole.  He holds the school records for best career stroke average (71.85) and best single season stroke average (71.09, during his senior season of 2012).  Koepka was named the ACC Golfer of the Year in 2012 and is one of only six golfers in ACC history to earn ACC Golfer of the Year honors multiple times.  He shared the honor with Virginia's Ben Kohles in 2010.

    "We are all very proud of Brooks for qualifying for the U.S. Open," said head coach Trey Jones.  "All Opens are special but to have your first experience at The Olympic Club is amazing.  Coming off of a good week of golf at the Riviera Country Club should help him in his preparation."

    Super regional tickets to go on sale Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

    The Florida State baseball team is in a super regional for the fifth year in a row and set to host Stanford this weekend with a trip to the College World Series in Omaha on the line.

    Game times and dates for FSU's games against the Cardinal will be revealed around 11 p.m. this evening by the NCAA. Once that announcement is made, fans will be able to purchase reserved grandstand seats for $40 and general-admission bleacher seats for $30 starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Prices are for one ticket for the entire series.

    Youth under 18 and FSU students that present their school I.D. can also purchase single-game tickets for $9. Those tickets will not be available until the day before the first game of the super regional.

    To order tickets online click here or call 1-888-FSU-NOLE. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the FSU Ticket Office.

    Ramsey leads FSU's draft-eligible baseball prospects

    The 2012 Major League Baseball Draft gets started tonight at 7 p.m. with the first round and a supplemtal round. Rounds two through 15 will then take place Tuesday and 16 through 40 will be held Wednesday.

    Florida State captain James Ramsey is expected to be the first Seminole taken this year and could be selected tonight. 

    Here is a look at where FSU's top-rated prospects rank according to Baseball America, and

    Prospect Baseball America Top 500 Top 250 Top 100
    James Ramsey 51 40 41
    Robert Benincasa 216 216 Not ranked
    Jayce Boyd 394 Not ranked Not ranked
    Justin Gonzalez 441

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    Sherman Johnson, Mack Waugh, Stephen Spradling, Brian Busch, Hunter Scantling, Devon Travis, Scott Sitz, Seth Miller, Stephen McGee and Gage Smith are also all eligible to be drafted.

    2012 Season Countdown: 89 Days

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    2012 Season Countdown: 90 Days

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    2012 Season Countdown: 91 Days

    Podcast: Regional Baseball Preview

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    Join hosts Ryan Pensy and Brandon Mellor for an all-new Doak Insider Podcast. Hear from Mike Martin and UAB head coach Brian Shoop as the guys preview the NCAA Regional baseball tournament in Tallahassee.

    They also discuss which college football team they would like to see feature on Hard Knocks, and they discuss the latest buzz from around college football.

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    Screen Shot: Mike Martin on's college sports page

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    Check out this great time-lapse video from The Clarion-Ledger beat writer Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello). He shot this video from inside Florida State's Dick Howser Stadium before the delayed start of Mississippi State and Samford's opening game of the Tallahassee Regional.

    A special tip of the hat to Orlando Sentinel beat writer Coley Harvey (@os_coleyharvey), who retweeted Marcello's link to the video.

    2012 Season Countdown: 92 Days

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