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    JIMBO FISHER:  Well, first of all I'd like to say we're very proud to be here and honored to be here.  I think our kids have worked very hard this year and this is one of our goals to be able to get this game and then the next goal is to win this game, and I think it's a great step for our program and where we're going and the direction we're going.  We've had a very good year, first 10‑win season we've had in I think nine years, regular season, and another divisional title, now we need to finish it off and play well and really looking forward for the opportunity and very proud to be here and represent the ACC on our side and looking forward to a great game from Georgia Tech.  I know they're a great opponent ane our kids will have to play very well, but we look forward to the challenge and look forward to this opportunity.

    Q.  I imagine one of the keys to winning this game is stopping that triple option.  Talk about that, how difficult it is to defend when you haven't seen it. 

    JIMBO FISHER:  Oh, yeah.  It's just hard to simulate.  In other words you can get your assignments and what you're going to do but during the game you're going to have to make adjustments and see as the speed of it comes at you.  Practicing is one thing, and one thing in practice, and you have your assignments and you've got your leverage and you want to do all the things we do, and we think we've got a great plan, but we have to good get used to the speed of it and how well they execute it.  It'll be a huge challenge for us, there's no doubt.

    Q.  Did you see what you needed to see out of your kids in practice this week, both physically and mentally, to lead you to believe that they put last week behind them?

    JIMBO FISHER:  I did.  I'm very proud of the way we practiced, from the first day on Monday.  Sometimes Monday will linger even a little bit after you've lost, but it did not show this week.  Kids come out.  You don't have a chance to win a championship.  You go through our coaching staff.  We've got coaches who have coached 25, 30, 30 years on our staff and they've got one ring, two rings, maybe three, maybe four or five.  That's not a lot.  You don't get opportunities to play for a championship very often.  I mean, no matter what.  We even said like last year, for instance, University of Alabama was national champion, but wasn't even its own divisional champion or conference champion.  Those opportunities don't just jump out at you, and we have a great opportunity for us to achieve another goal where we're at and very proud to be here, and our kids understand that they've earned the right to be here and they understand how important it is to play for a championship in our conference.

    Q.  Really tough loss last week losing Tank.  What are the plans?

    JIMBO FISHER:  I ask him for 13 guys, because he plays like two or three guys.  They won't give them to me, though.  You know, all of them:  You're going to have to have Giorgio, you are going to have Mario, Toshmon Stevens, all those guys.  You know, it's just a great opportunity for those guys to step up just like when Brandon went down, we were worried.  Can Tank really have that kind of year?  Well, he did.  We have other great players, and it's not just going to be that defensive end, it's going to be collectively as a defense, all the things we have to do, and it's‑‑ football is not a one‑man game, and that's the great thing about football.  No matter‑‑ he's going to have help around him, he has to do their assignments when they're in the game and Bjoern will take care of his side, and we'll have to keep rotations and things there and more depth.  When young players you never heard of and all of a sudden they get an opportunity, and they jump up and somebody else is a hero.  That's what sports is about and that's the great thing about it. 

    Q.  Can you first talk about Bjoern and when you first saw him what you thought?  Did you think you'd get what you have now and kind of his development?

    JIMBO FISHER:  After he got to our place, yes, and when he was up there, he was very intriguing because he hadn't played much ball, but we loved his size, his athleticism.  Our guys said, well, Coach, he'll be an offensive tackle. I said, no, he's not.  He's going to be defensive end.  Even all of our defensive guys said he's too big, and I said, no, we like big ends. 

    He had to convince our defensive coaches.  They had never had those kind of ends before, which I had been on teams with them ‑‑ the big, long guys, the heavier guys.  They used to have those guys as tackles.  I said this guy moves too well.  We watched‑‑ James Coley did a great job, we were recruiting another young man, Will Tye, on our team from his team, and we saw him on film and loved him.  Then we saw him practice basketball, which he wasn't a basketball player, he was just doing it, but you watched the fluidity, the way he moved, and he videoed and brought it back and we saw it.  And then you saw him play on film, for a guy who hadn't played, how instinctive he was on film, did things‑‑ not technique‑wise but just feel for the game, and then when he came to our place and started playing and practicing after about two or three weeks we said, man, this guy, he definitely is the real deal, so we were very fortunate to have saw him and gotten him. 

    Q.  What excites you about the process of being here in these championship‑type games, and also, what's the take you get from your players in terms of their level of excitement?

    JIMBO FISHER:  They're very excited because you know, like I say, you don't get the opportunities to go play on a central stage for a championship.  That's what they all want to do.  For us, it's our program, it's a step to creating a culture of winning.  That's what people don't understand about winning, you just don't magically walk in and‑‑ because you win a year or two, that's not a culture of winning.  You get used to being in these situations, you get used to being in these environments, you expect to go to them you expect to play well.  We got here a couple years ago, we had a great team against.  We played, they won the game.  Now we need to take another step and move to where we're going, but it creates a culture of winning; two out of three years we've won the league.  Your kids start expecting that.  It's the way they think, it's the way they eat, it's the way they breathe.  Whether you lose a game or two, you keep getting in the hunt enough, the good things are going to happen to you; the ball is going to bounce right, you're going to make the plays you've got to do, you're going to be healthy, you're going to win all the championships, but you have to get here and understand how to deal with these environments and atmospheres before that can happen, whether we‑‑ we automatically want instant gratification.  As fans and media we're like the kids; we want all the glory without the sweat.  There's a process of becoming good, and when you're in these environments consistently, those kids get used to that, you get used to it, and you play better. 

    Q.  Can you talk about EJ and his development maybe more as a leader, kind of an off‑the‑field locker room guy for you?

    JIMBO FISHER:  Off the field our kids love him because he's the standard by which you have to live.  I mean, as a person, as a student, and then as a team leader and competitor and how he practices, how he plays, the injuries, the bangs, the bruises.  I mean, he's a true competitor in all senses of the word.  And when your team leader is that way, your team has that mentality.  You take the mentality of your quarterback.  Other positions are great and you can have them, but when that quarterback is a competitor and he's tough and he represents the right things, it sets the tone across the board. 

    You can influence the other guys, and to me that's what a great player does, not just his play on the field, and if he plays poorly or not, but his effect on the other players as people, as students and as athletes is as much as I've been around, and that to me makes him a great player. 

    Q.  When some of us go back this far, in the late '80s and early '90s when Miami and FSU had those great teams‑‑

    JIMBO FISHER:  I was around then.  I was down there a bunch.

    Q.  The running joke was especially against the Big Eight schools back then was that Miami and Florida State put the option out of business. 

    JIMBO FISHER:  I remember telling him he was a bad coach and that he couldn't coach.

    Q.  What is Georgia Tech doing with their option offense that might be different or better than the options that you used to see out of a Nebraska, Oklahoma team?

    JIMBO FISHER:  Well, Nebraska did it more from an eye formation if you remember.  They weren't a true wishbone.  Oklahoma was a true wishbone.  This is a combination of a‑‑ it's a bone, it's a wing with motion.  They can get into the bone, but they do it more and it allows them to have more vertical passing game because they have receivers as slot receivers on the ball where they can get vertical more, and they're more hybrid receiver running back‑type guys. 

    This is more to me like the old Georgia hambone, the one they ran with Tracy Ham and all those guys back when Erik Russell was at Georgia Southern all those years when they used to bring the guys in motion.  It's a version of the wishbone, but it has more passing and more versatility with it.  You remember Tracy Ham, I know he was a 1‑AA player, and I know we can't talk 1‑AA and 1‑A, but the guy could run it and throw it, and that's where this offense created a little bit different than the Jamelle Holieway guys.  But then Oklahoma was more of an eye power trap than the option game with old Turner Gill and those guys.  It was a little bit different.  They're a little bit different style of offense that way. 

    Q.  At that defensive end spot when it comes to rotating those younger guys, is it like running back where you sort of go with a hot hand who's effective during the game?

    JIMBO FISHER:  Well, it can be hot hand but also endurance, how the game is going, how they're playing.  There's a large number of things that will decide in that.  And sometimes you've got to let them play through some mistakes.  Guys are going to make mistakes.  You can't jerk them every time they make a mistake, can't play.  You've got to let them play through, and like not just the defensive end it's going to have to be our defense collectively doing what we have to do. 

    Q.  You brought one kid from Charlotte on your roster, a punter, Cason Beatty.  Tell us what we need to know about him?

    JIMBO FISHER:  One, he's an outstanding young man, he's a great Christian young man.  He's an excellent student, great representative for our team.  We're glad to have him just in general as an overall person.  He's a great student.  As a punter I think the sky's the limit for him.  He's really only about a year before we got him, very explosive leg, did a great job of kicking balls inside the 20.  His leg at this time‑‑ the great punter we had last year Shawn Powell, he's every bit as talented as Shawn, and he's learning to punt, and he's big strong guy.  He's not a little guy.  If you watch him, when he snaps that leg there's a lot of explosion and athletic‑‑ he played quarterback at different times in his life, so he's a good athlete, and that really helps him with his balance and consistency, and I think he had a great year for us as a freshman and I think he's going to be a very good player in the future.  And he's even a better young man. 

    Q.  When you guys came here a couple years ago did it almost feel like a bonus?  That was kind of early.  There wasn't expectations. 

    JIMBO FISHER:  We didn't look at it that way.  We didn't look at it that way.  You get to them, you've got to take advantage of them.  We thought we had a very good team coming in, and that team lost a couple games, but we lost one by a missed‑‑ a tailback hit the quarterback, remember, and we was going to score on the 1 and we had a missed 40‑yard field goal or we'd‑‑ we'd have only had one loss that year to Oklahoma.  We knew we had a very good football team that year, and we wanted to win when we got here.  We didn't look at it that way from any aspect.  It's all the same to us.

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    Video: FSU Golden Girls on ESPNU's Unite

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Florida State senior running back Chris Thompson (Greenville, Fla.) and Miami defensive end Shayon Green (Tifton, Ga.), who both overcame severe injuries to become major contributors to their teams this year, have been named co-winners of the Atlantic Coast Conference's 2012 Brian Piccolo Award, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Thursday.

    The Piccolo Award has been given annually since 1972 in memory of the late Brian Piccolo to the "most courageous" football player in the ACC. Piccolo was the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1965 and played for the Chicago Bears before his career was cut short when he was stricken with cancer. His courageous fight against that disease was an inspiration to the Bears and the entire football community.

    Thompson suffered a fractured back against Wake Forest in the Seminoles' fourth game of the season in 2011, suffering compression fractures to his 5th and 6th thoracic vertebrae. The injury required Thompson to be in a spine immobilizing brace for three months. After extensive rehabilitation, he came back to be Florida State's leading rusher with 687 yards on 91 carries, a sparkling 7.5 yards-per-carry average, including touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards. Unfortunately, Thompson suffered a season-ending knee injury in Florida State's 8th game of the year against Miami. At the time of his injury he was the 2nd-leading rusher in the ACC and still ranks 3rd. He topped the 100-yard mark in rushing three times in eight games including an 197-yard day against Wake Forest and added 21 receptions for 248 yards. Despite missing the final three games of the season, he was voted second-team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

    "There's not a more deserving young man to win the Brian Piccolo Award because he exhibits all the qualities that you hear associated with Brian Piccolo," said Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher. "He is an outstanding young man with a strong Christian faith. He is a great player and has endured so much the last two years. Suffering the broken back and then having the determination to comeback from that and suffer the knee injury this year, he's been through a great deal. What he represents as a person, as a student, as a college athlete and his importance to our team is unbelievable. He is one of the most special guys I have ever had the privilege of coaching."

    Green had to overcome four different major injuries. He twice tore the ACL in his right knee, once tore the meniscus in his right knee and also suffered a wrist dislocation forcing him to miss all or a major part of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons. Finally healthy, Green was the leading tackler and one of the key leaders to a young Miami defense, with 38 of his 67 tackles unassisted, 2.0 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. He is the first Miami defensive linemen to lead the Hurricanes in tackles for a season in more than 30 years.

    "Shayon is an amazing individual with an unparalleled work ethic," said Miami head coach Al Golden. "I cannot think of anyone who exemplifies the ideals of Brian Piccolo or is more deserving of this award than him. He has overcome a dislocated wrist and three separate knee surgeries to become our leading tackler and team captain. His commitment and perseverance is an inspiration to us all."

    Green is the third Miami player to be chosen to receive the Piccolo Award in the eight years since the Hurricanes joined the ACC for the 2004 season, joining Frank Gore (2004) and Glenn Sharpe (2006).

    Thompson is the sixth Florida State student-athlete to be so honored, but the first since Anquan Boldin in 2002. Other Seminoles who have received the Piccolo Award include Chris Weinke (1999), Corey Simon, a co-winner in 1998; Sam Cowart (1997) and Dan Footman, who was also a co-winner in 1992.

    This year's winners mark the fourth time that co-recipients of the Piccolo Award have been chosen. Coincidentally, on three of those occasions an FSU student-athlete has been involved.

    Carradine, Werner both named Hendricks Award finalists

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    Florida State's Cornellius Carradine and Bjoern Werner have both been named finalists for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.

    Courtesy of the Ted Hendricks Foundation:

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    Bjoern Werner named AFCA FBS Coaches' All-American

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    Two days after being named an All-ACC First Team selection, Florida State star defensive end Bjoern Werner has been named an All-American by the AFCA.

    Courtesy of the AFCA:

    Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams and South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney headline the 2012 AFCA  FBS Coaches' All-America Team announced today by the American Football Coaches Association.

    The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best -- the coaches themselves.

    Williams leads the nation in total receiving yards with 1,693, and averages 153.91 yards per game, which is also tops in the nation. He has 89 receptions and 12 touchdowns, and is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, as the nation's best receiver. Clowney leads the nation in tackles for loss with 21.5 this season, and is tied for first with 13 sacks. He is a finalist for the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.

    2012 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Team
    Offense

    Pos.NameHt.Wt.Cl.SchoolCoachHometown (High School)
    WRMarqise Lee6-0195So.USCLane KiffinInglewood, Calif. (Serra)
    WRTerrance Williams6-2205Sr.BaylorArt BrilesDallas, Texas (W.T. White)
    TEZach Ertz6-6252Sr.StanfordDavid ShawAlamo, Calif. (Monte Visa)
    OLChance Warmack6-3320Sr.AlabamaNick SabanAtlanta, Ga. (Westlake)
    OLLuke Joeckel6-6310Jr.Texas A&MKevin SumlinArlington, Texas (Arlington)
    CDalton Freeman6-5285Sr.ClemsonDabo SwinneyPelion, S.C. (Pelion)
    OLJonathan Cooper6-3295Sr.North CarolinaLarry FedoraWilmington, N.C. (Hoggard)
    OLDavid Yankey6-5301Jr.StanfordDavid ShawRoswell, Ga. (Centennial)
    QBTajh Boyd6-1225Jr.ClemsonDabo SwinneyHampton, Va. (Phoebus)
    RBKenjon Barner5-11192Sr.OregonChip KellyRiverside, Calif. (Notre Dame)
    RBMontee Ball*5-11215Sr.WisconsinBret BielemaWentzville, Mo. (Timberland)

    Defense

    Pos.NameHt.Wt.Cl.SchoolCoachHometown (High School)
    DLJadeveon Clowney6-6256So.South CarolinaSteve SpurrierRock Hill, S.C. (South Pointe)
    DLBjoern Werner6-4255Jr.Florida St.Jimbo FisherBerlin, Germany (Salisbury [Conn.])
    DLDamontre Moore6-4250Jr.Texas A&MKevin SumlinRowlett, Texas (Rowlett)
    DLWill Sutton6-1267Jr.Arizona St.Todd GrahamCorona, Calif. (Centennial)
    LBManti Te'o6-2255Sr.Notre DameBrian KellyLaie, Hawaii (Punahou)
    LBJarvis Jones*6-3241Jr.GeorgiaMark RichtColumbus, Ga. (Carver)
    LBC.J. Mosley6-2232Jr.AlabamaNick SabanTheodore, Ala. (Theodore)
    DBEric Reid6-2212Jr.LSULes MilesGeismar, La. (Dutchtown)
    DBDee Milliner6-1199Jr.AlabamaNick SabanMillbrook, Ala. (Stanhope Elmore)
    DBJordan Poyer6-0190Sr.Oregon St.Mike RileyAstoria, Ore. (Astoria)
    DBPhillip Thomas6-1215Sr.Fresno St.Tim DeRuyterBakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield)

    Specialists

    Pos.NameHt.Wt.Cl.SchoolCoachHometown (High School)
    PRyan Allen6-2215Sr.Louisiana TechSonny DykesSalem, Ore. (West Salem)
    PKQuinn Sharp6-1205Sr.Oklahoma St.Mike GundyMansfield, Texas (Summit)
    APTavon Austin5-9171Sr.West VirginiaDana HolgorsenBaltimore, Md. (Dunbar)

    *-2011 All-American


    ACC extends formal invitation to University of Louisville

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to accept the University of Louisville as its newest member. The vote followed the submission of Louisville's letter of application.

    "With the addition of the University of Louisville, the ACC continues to be well positioned for the future competing at the highest level in all facets of the collegiate experience," said the ACC Council of Presidents in a joint statement. "The ACC continues to be a vibrant conference that remains steadfast in its commitment to balancing academics and athletics."

    "The University of Louisville will be a terrific member of the Atlantic Coast Conference," said University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp, chair of the ACC Council of Presidents. "We welcome them as full partners into the ACC." 

    "With its aggressive approach to excellence in every respect, the University of Louisville will enhance our league's culture and commitment to the cornerstones we were founded on 60 years ago," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "The University of Louisville is an outstanding addition to the Atlantic Coast Conference and I commend the Council of Presidents for continuing to position our league for the long-term future. If you look at what has been done over the last 15 months, the ACC has only gotten stronger with the additions of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse." 

    "The University of Louisville is honored to join the ACC, a conference with a long history of excellence in athletics and academics," said Dr. James Ramsey, President, University of Louisville.  "The ACC will be a great home for UofL and our commitment to great academics, groundbreaking research and top-notch athletic teams."

    "When it became apparent to us that we needed to make a move, the ACC is the perfect fit for us and we are so elated to be joining this prestigious conference," said Tom Jurich, Vice President and Director of Athletics. "Under John Swofford's leadership, the ACC continues to prosper.  We sincerely appreciate this opportunity.  This will open so many more doors for us both athletically for all of our sports programs, and academically for our university.  What I really like about this move is it's terrific for our fans, with the proximity of the institutions and we never have to leave the Eastern time zone.  This is a credit to everyone at the University of Louisville and our community, as we have all pulled together to position ourselves for this opportunity.  It's amazing what has happened here over the last 15 years.  We appreciate so much what the BIG EAST Conference has meant to us."

    About the Atlantic Coast Conference:

    The Atlantic Coast Conference is now in its 60th year of competition, the ACC has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league's inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 127 national championships, including 67 in women's competition and 60 in men's. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 145 times in men's competition and 104 times in women's action. For more information, visit theACC.com.

    Video: Fisher discusses Stoops' Kentucky hire

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    "I am extremely happy for Mark and his family," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said.  "He has done a tremendous job for us here as a defensive coordinator and he is a vital part of our staff. I always say you want the people who work for you to advance and reach their goals and aspirations and I couldn't be happier. He has done a super job for us and this opportunity is well deserved. He is very well prepared and I think he will do one heck of a job for the University of Kentucky. I was very fortunate to have him on our staff and consider him a good friend."

    Courtesy of University of Kentucky Athletics:

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mark Stoops, who oversaw dramatic improvements as defensive coordinator at Florida State and Arizona, and has turned FSU into one of the nation's top defenses, has been named head football coach at the University of Kentucky, UK director of athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Tuesday.

    "New beginnings always provide a sense of excitement," Barnhart said.  "That's why today I'm excited for Mark Stoops and his family as they provide a new beginning for our football program, fans and players. 

    "Mark's passion has been evident in the way he coaches and in his love for the game of football.  That passion carried over into our process and his desire to wear the Blue and White.  Our desire to get better defensively and continue to expand our recruiting base helped guide us to Mark.  He comes from a coaching family and has been in big games and big atmospheres throughout his career.  That has prepared him for this opportunity to become head coach at Kentucky.  We welcome Mark, Chantel, Will and Zack to the Big Blue Nation."

    "I enjoyed my time this week with Coach Stoops," said Dr. Eli Capilouto, President of the University of Kentucky. "I am impressed with his commitment to student-athletes, both in the classroom and on the field. I am also deeply impressed with the way Mitch Barnhart has conducted this important process. I am confident that Coach Stoops has the character and skill to build the winning program the Big Blue Nation wants and deserves."

    Stoops has been defensive coordinator at FSU for three seasons, inheriting a unit ranked 108th in the NCAA in total defense and turning it into one of the nation's best.  Heading into Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a 10-2 record and No. 13/12 national ranking, the Seminoles are second in the nation in total defense, allowing 249.4 yards per game, and seventh nationally in scoring defense at 15.1 points per game.  Playing well against the run and the pass, FSU is fourth in the country in both rushing defense and pass efficiency defense.  FSU leads the ACC in seven defensive categories.  Stoops also coaches the defensive backs under head coach Jimbo Fisher. 

     

     

    Eight Seminoles on defense earned 2012 All-ACC honors, including four first-team selections, highlighted by one of the nation's top defensive end duos in Bjoern Werner and Cornellius Carradine, who combined for 24 sacks and 31 tackles for loss. Werner is a finalist for the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Award as the National Defensive Player of the Year and is the national co-leader in sacks with 13. Stoops also coached cornerback Ronald Darby to ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.

    The Seminoles' prowess is a continuation of the 2011 season, when Stoops' troops led the nation in fewest yards allowed per carry (2.3), ranked fourth in the nation in total defense (275 yards per game), second in rushing defense (82.7 ypg), fourth in scoring defense (15.1 points per game), eighth in tackles for loss (8.6 per game) and quarterback sacks (3.1 per game).  FSU led the ACC in eight defensive categories. 

    Stoops overhauled the Florida State defense in 2010, his first season as defensive coordinator.  The Seminoles gave up 19.6 points per game, third-best in the ACC and 20th nationally.  FSU ranked 42nd nationally in total defense that season; in contrast, the team was 108th nationally in total defense and 94th in scoring defense in 2009, the year before Stoops' arrival.  FSU improved its overall defense by more than 80 yards per game, primarily by limiting opponents to 75 fewer rushing yards per game.  The Seminoles ranked third in the nation in quarterback sacks and were 21st in tackles for loss.  In the secondary, Stoops coached Xavier Rhodes to ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and National Defensive Freshman of the Year accolades.

    During Stoops' three seasons, FSU has gone 10-4, 9-4 and 10-2, including wins over South Carolina in the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl and Notre Dame in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl.  The Seminoles' 2012 bowl bid will be announced Sunday.

    "I am thrilled to be named the head football coach at the University of Kentucky," Stoops said.  "My family and I are excited and looking forward to becoming a part of the Big Blue Nation.

    "First of all, I want to thank Jimbo Fisher and Florida State University for allowing me to be the defensive coordinator at Florida State.  It has been three of the greatest years of my life.  I am grateful for the support of all Seminole fans as we focus on the ACC Championship.

    "I want to thank President Capilouto and Mitch Barnhart for this opportunity.  I promise the faithful of the Big Blue Nation I will be focused and driven to create a positive, winning atmosphere for the program and an environment that all of Kentucky can be proud of."

    "I am extremely happy for Mark and his family," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said.  "He has done a tremendous job for us here as a defensive coordinator and he is a vital part of our staff. I always say you want the people who work for you to advance and reach their goals and aspirations and I couldn't be happier. He has done a super job for us and this opportunity is well deserved. He is very well prepared and I think he will do one heck of a job for the University of Kentucky. I was very fortunate to have him on our staff and consider him a good friend."

    Stoops was defensive coordinator and DBs coach at Arizona from 2004-09, working for his brother, Mike, who was head coach of the Wildcats.  During Mark's time there, Arizona's records improved steadily, going 3-8, 3-8, 6-6, 5-7, 8-5 and 8-5.  The Wildcats advanced to the Las Vegas Bowl and Holiday Bowl during the last two years.  Mark and Mike are also brothers of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, with Mark being the youngest of the three.  Mike is currently the defensive coordinator on Bob's staff at Oklahoma.

    Stoops inherited an Arizona unit that was 109th in the nation in total defense and 107th in scoring defense in 2003, the year before he arrived.  By the end of his term at Arizona, the Wildcats ranked in the nation's top-25 in total defense his final two seasons and ranked as high as 33rd in scoring defense.   

    Prior to Arizona, Stoops coached the defensive backs three years at Miami (Fla.).  The 2001 national champion Hurricanes led the nation in pass efficiency defense, scoring defense and turnover margin. That team also established a school record with 27 interceptions and 45 total takeaways.

    Stoops' 2002 secondary led the nation in pass defense and pass efficiency defense. Despite having to replace all four starters in the defensive backfield, the 2003 team led the nation in pass defense.  In his three seasons, Miami went 35-3, including the 12-0 Rose Bowl title campaign, plus appearances in the Fiesta and Orange bowls.  Ten Miami defensive backs who played at least one season under Stoops were eventually selected in the National Football League draft - seven in the first round.

    Stoops got his first experience in leading a defense as co-defensive coordinator at Houston in the 2000 season.  He coached the secondary at Wyoming from 1997-99 and the Cowboys notched three-straight winning seasons.  A highlight of his time there was a school-record 24 interceptions in the '97 season. His first full-time coaching job was in 1996 at South Florida, helping USF in the start-up of its program before the Bulls had their first kickoff in '97.

    Stoops has recruited and developed numerous outstanding defensive backs, many of whom went on to National Football League careers.  Among the notables are Antoine Cason and Michael Johnson at Arizona, Miami's Philip Buchanon, Kelly Jennings, Brandon Meriweather, Ed Reed, Antrel Rolle, Mike Rumph and Sean Taylor and Wyoming's Brian Lee.

    Stoops was raised in Youngstown, Ohio.  Like his brothers, Mark played in the secondary at the University of Iowa for Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry.  He participated in four bowl games as a player.  Fry hired Stoops as a graduate assistant coach at Iowa in the 1990 and '91 seasons.  The Hawkeyes won the 1990 Big Ten title and played in the Rose Bowl, duplicating feats Stoops also achieved as a player.  Stoops went on to coach four years in high school before entering the collegiate ranks.

    Stoops and his wife, Chantel, have two sons, Will and Zack.

    Stoops Coaching History

    YearSchoolPositionW-LPostseason
    1990IowaGraduate Assistant8-4Rose
    1991IowaGraduate Assistant10-1-1Holiday
    1992-95Nordonia HSDefensive Backs  
    1996South FloridaDefensive Backs0-0 
    1997WyomingDefensive Backs7-6 
    1998WyomingDefensive Backs8-3 
    1999WyomingDefensive Backs7-4 
    2000HoustonCo-Defensive Coord., Safeties3-8 
    2001Miami (Fla.)Defensive Backs12-0Rose
    2002Miami (Fla.)Defensive Backs12-1Fiesta
    2003Miami (Fla.)Defensive Backs11-2Orange
    2004ArizonaDefensive Coordinator, DBs3-8 
    2005ArizonaDefensive Coordinator, DBs3-8 
    2006ArizonaDefensive Coordinator, DBs6-6 
    2007ArizonaDefensive Coordinator, DBs5-7 
    2008ArizonaDefensive Coordinator, DBs8-5Las Vegas
    2009ArizonaDefensive Coordinator, DBs8-5Holiday
    2010Florida StateDefensive Coordinator, DBs10-4Chick-fil-A
    2011Florida StateDefensive Coordinator, DBs9-4Champs Sports
    2012Florida StateDefensive Coordinator, DBs10-2TBA

    Stoops' Improvements as Defensive Coordinator

    indicates the season before Stoops arrived

    Arizona - National Rankings

    Total DefenseScoring DefenseRush DefensePass DefensePass Efficiency Def.
    2003*10910784112112
    200461553010183
    20058664937266
    20064935426962
    20075359477133
    20082433392314
    20092553293337

    Florida State - National Rankings

    Total DefenseScoring DefenseRush DefensePass DefensePass Efficiency Def.
    2009*1089410877110
    20104220297137
    20114422025
    201227464

    Ronald Darby named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP & ACSMA) -- Miami running back Duke Johnson and Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby have been honored as the best rookies in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2012 the league announced Tuesday.

    Johnson also was named the overall and offensive rookie of the year following a vote of 46 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association while Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby won the defensive rookie of the year.

    Johnson became the first Miami player to win the rookie award following a breakout season in which he broke Clinton Portis' 13-year-old school rushing record for freshmen, ending the year with 947 yards.

    He also led the ACC by averaging 33 yards per kickoff return, and his 2,070 all-purpose yards are the most by a Hurricanes freshman and second only to Willis McGahee's 2,108 in school history.

    The Hurricanes finished 7-5, were 5-3 in the league to share the Coastal Division title, but a self-imposed postseason ban sends Georgia Tech to the ACC championship game this weekend in Charlotte.

    "It means a lot being the first in Miami history to win this award," Johnson said. "And it means so much to me and the team because I couldn't do it without my teammates. And this is just another way to make my mom proud and show how I really appreciate the sacrifices she made for me when I was younger."

    Voting results for the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year awards, as determined by a vote of 46 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.


    ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 

    Duke Johnson, rb, Miami (34) 

    Stefon Diggs, wr, Maryland (11) 

    Vad Lee, qb, Georgia Tech (1)


    OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 

    Duke Johnson, rb, Miami (35) 

    Stefon Diggs, wr, Maryland (10) 

    Vad Lee, qb, Georgia Tech (1)


    DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 

    Ronald Darby, cb, Florida State (14)

    Deon Bush, s, Miami (9) 

    Jabari Hunt-Days, lb, Georgia Tech (8) 

    Eli Harold, de, Virginia (5) 

    Michael Cole, safety, Virginia Tech (4) 

    Maurice Canady, cb, Virginia (4) 

    Dwayne Norman, s, Duke (2)

    WatchESPN now available for Xbox LIVE Gold members

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    ESPN is doing its part to provide viewers more and more ways to watch college and professional sports and that in includes the recent addition of WatchESPN for the Xbox and the new availability of ESPN3 for Optmimum Online subscribers.

    The addition of WatchESPN to Xbox means that Xbox LIVE Gold members are able to access video content from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESNP3 and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater from their gaming console. In addition to HD-viewing access of shows like College GameDay, PTI, Sports Center and countless numbers of live sporting events, WatchESPN on the Xbox also allows users to watch two events at once via a split screen, a "My Sports" feature allowing favorite teams' (such as Florida State) games to be accessed easily and much more.

    While Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, XFINITY TV from Comcast and Midcontinent Communications subscribers have had access to WatchESPN for some time, the addition of Optimum Online subscribers is allowing ESPN to push its content to even more people.

    So, why is all of this important to FSU fans? Because the 'Noles are featured frequently across the ESPN family of channels as well as on ESPN3, which can only be viewed online or via the WatchESPN application.

    In order to access all of these features, call your cable provider to sign up for the ESPN lineup of channels.

    FSU's Werner, Hopkins named ACC players of the week

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Bjoern Werner, Florida State, Junior, DE, 6-4, 255, Berlin, Germany Werner matched his career high with 3.5 sacks and recovered a fumble in Florida State's 37-26 loss to No. 6 Florida. He finished the game with six tackles, including four solo stops, while sacking Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel twice in the first and 1.5 more times in the second half. His recovery of a Driskel fumble and 9-yard return set up Florida State's go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter as the Seminoles rallied from a 13-3 deficit with 17 unanswered points. His play earned him National Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards.

    CO-SPECIALIST - Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, Senior, K, 6-2, 190, Houston, Texas Hopkins continued his memorable senior season with another career first against Florida - connecting on two field goals of 50 yards or longer in the same game. The Houston, Texas, native closed out the first half with a 50-yard field goal on the final play to get the Seminoles on the scoreboard after falling behind 13-0. He then added 53-yard field goal to Florida State's run of 17 unanswered points in the third quarter as the Seminoles built a 20-13 lead. Hopkins was named National Placekicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards. He is the first FSU player to kick two field goals of 50 yards or longer in the same game since Derek Schmidt in 1985. Hopkins is now 9-of-14 all-time from 50 yards or longer with his total field goals from that range ranking second among active kickers. With 87 career field goals, Hopkins now shares the NCAA FBS all-time lead with Georgia's Billy Bennett. Already the all-time NCAA FBS leader in kick scoring, he pushed his all-time point total to 456 points. He currently ranks third all-time in FBS All-Player Scoring, trailing only Montee Ball (476 points) and Travis Prentice (468).

    3rd Quarter Update: FSU vs. UF

    Halftime Update: FSU vs. UF

    1st Quarter Update: FSU vs. Florida

    Former Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward will participate in Sports Illustrated's Heisman Tour Presented by Nissan Saturday on Langford Green before the FSU-Florida game.

    Here are the details from Sports Illustrated:

    WHO: Meet the FSU football legend on game day ...

    o   1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward, who led the Seminoles to their first national championship en route to becoming one of the most decorated players in college football history, will appear from 1:00 p.m-2:30 p.m., participating in both an "SI Chalk Talk" session from 1:00-1:30 p.m. and an autograph session from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

    WHAT: Sports Illustrated and Nissan have teamed up to celebrate the Heisman Memorial Trophy and the most electrifying players in the history of college football with a 10-stop national tour at marquee matchups this season. Admission to the tour is free, and fans are encouraged to pick up a special Sports Illustrated special edition: "Running to Greatness" ... compliments of Nissan.

    o   Get your picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the Heisman Trophy

    o   Take a closer look at Nissan's all-new 2013 Pathfinder and Altima

    o   View SI covers and images on 52" touch screen monitors

    o   Participate in autograph sessions with former football greats

    o   Win prizes by participating in fun, interactive games including a virtual field goal kicking challenge

    o   Register for the BCS Championship Ultimate Experience Sweepstakes

    o   Get an RFID credential, allowing you to check in and instantly share your experience on Facebook

    o   Keep tabs on the weekend's action by viewing games and highlights on plasma TVs and a custom

    16' x 9' LED screen


    WHEN:           SATURDAY, November 24, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

    WHERE:        Located on Langford Green

    Near the intersection of Stadium Drive and North Lake Bradford Road

    Hopkins named 2012 Lou Groza Award finalist

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    Courtesy of FSU Sports Information:

    Just two days after becoming the all-time FBS scoring leader among kickers, senior Dustin Hopkins was selected as one of three finalists for the 21st Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented to the nation's top kicker by the Palm Beach Country Sports Commission. It marks the second consecutive year the Houston, Texas native has been tabbed as a finalist for the prestigious award.

    Hopkins was named along with Florida's Caleb Sturgis, who was also a 2011 finalist, and Tulane's Cairo Santos. He will try and join former Seminoles Sebastian Janikowski, a two-time recipient, and Graham Gano, as the third FSU player to claim the award.

    Hopkins has bettered his totals from last season across the board, making 22 of 26 field goals and 56 of 57 extra points. The 22 field goals are the second most in the nation, and his 84.6 percent conversion rate is the second highest among kickers with at least 20 field goals. With three games to play, Hopkins' 448 career points ranks fourth in FBS history for all-player scoring.

     He and the other two finalists will be honored at the Groza Awards Banquet on Tuesday, December 4 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. They will also attend The Home Depot College Football Awards airing live on ESPN  at Disney's BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., where the winner will be announced.

    FSU will face Georgia Tech in ACC Championship Game

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) - The matchup is set for the Eighth Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game which will be played on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The game will be nationally televised with an 8 pm kickoff on either ABC or ESPN.

    Florida State and Georgia Tech will face each other for the first time in the Championship Game and the two teams will meet for the first time since 2009, a 49-44 Tech victory in Tallahassee, Fla.

    The Seminoles, coached by Jimbo Fisher and ranked 5th nationally in this week's USA Today poll, captured the Atlantic Division berth, posting a 10-1 overall record and a 7-1 conference mark tying Clemson for the Atlantic Division title. FSU earned the berth in the game by virtue of its 49-37 win over Clemson on Sept. 22. Florida State hosts its arch-rival this Saturday in 6th-ranked Florida at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee in a nationally televised game on ABC (3:30 p.m.)

    The Yellow Jackets, coached by Paul Johnson and winners of three straight games, took the Coastal Division berth by finishing 5-3 in the conference with a 42-24 win over Duke last weekend. That, combined with Miami's decision to self-impose a postseason bowl ban for the second straight year, puts the Jackets in Charlotte. The Hurricanes and North Carolina both are 4-3 and could finish in a tie with Tech in the Coastal Division with wins this Saturday against Duke and Maryland, respectively but neither are eligible for the postseason.

    Georgia Tech, 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the ACC, will complete its regular season by travelling to meet its arch-rival, 3rd-ranked Georgia, this Saturday at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN with a noon kickoff.

    Florida State holds a 12-9-1 advantage in the series between the two teams which began in 1952, and had won 12 straight against the Jackets after joining the ACC in 1992. But Tech has claimed the last two meetings between the teams.

    FSU's defense is No. 1 for the third consecutive week

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    Buster Posey Named NL MVP

    Former Florida State great Buster Posey capped of an incredible 2012 season with a NL MVP award on Thursday evening.  He hit .336 with 24 homeruns and 103 RBI and claimed his second World Series title in October.  It's quite an incredible start to an MLB for one of the greatest college baseball players in history. 

    To read the complete story, click here


    Audio: Talking #FSUvsMD on the David Baumann Show

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    Here's audio of my appearance this morning on the David Baumann Show in Orlando and Tampa. I chatted with @DavidBaumann33 and @EricLopezELO about FSU's game at Maryland Saturday, recapped Rashad Greene's game-winning catch at Virginia Tech last week and talked about the early buzz for 'Noles-Gators next week.

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    Schillace in your Face: FSU Cheerleaders

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    Schillace in Your Face: Cheerleaders

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    Werner named finalist for Nagurski Trophy

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    Florida State junior defensive end Bjoern Werner has been named one of five finalists for the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, annually awarded to college football's best defensive player.

    Courtesy of the Charlotte Touchdown Club:

    DALLAS (FWAA) - Five finalists for the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy were announced on Thursday by theFootball Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

    The Bronko Nagurski TrophyVying for the honor of college football's National Defensive Player of the Year are four underclassmen and one senior: South Carolina sophomore end Jadeveon Clowney, Georgia junior linebacker Jarvis Jones, Alabama junior cornerback Dee Milliner, Notre Dame senior linebacker Manti Te'o and Florida State junior end Bjoern Werner.

    The winner will be announced on Dec. 3 and presented the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at a gala banquet at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., where Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly will give the keynote address. The event will be televised by NFL Network.

    In addition, the FWAA and Charlotte Touchdown Club will celebrate the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, presented by Florida East Coast Railway. Nebraska's Larry Jacobson, a member of the 1971 FWAA All-America Team and the Outland Trophy winner that season, is the recipient this year.

    The FWAA's National Defensive Player of the Year Award is named after Bronko Nagurski, who dominated college football at Minnesota as a bruising fullback and defensive tackle from 1927-29. He could have been an All-American at any position and was the best player wherever the coaches put him. The FWAA has presented a National Defensive Player of the Year Award since 1993 and in the name of Nagurski since 1995.

    A look at the five 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalists, as selected by the FWAA All-America Committee:

    Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (6-6, 256, So., Rock Hill, S.C.): Bruising end for the 8-2 Gamecocks. Clowney has made 43 tackles (31 unassisted). He has 17 tackles for 78 yards in losses (tied for sixth in the country, 1.70 per game), of which 8.5 are sacks for minus-49. He has two pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. Clowney is the first South Carolina finalist for the Nagurski Trophy. 

    Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia (6-3, 241, Jr., Columbus, Ga.): Explosive playmaker for the 9-1 Bulldogs. Despite missing two games due to injury, Jarvis has made 56 tackles (37 unassisted). He has 17 tackles for 100 yards in losses (first in the country, 2.13 per game), of which 10.5 are sacks for 80 yards in losses. He has one interception and returned it for 21 yards. He has two pass breakups, 28 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles (second in the country) and two fumble recoveries. He was twice named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week this season for his efforts in wins over Missouri and Florida. Jones is the fifth Georgia finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, which was won by Champ Bailey in 1998 (other finalists were David Pollack, 2002 and '04; Justin Houston, 2010).

    Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (6-1, 199, Jr., Millbrook, Ala.): One of the top players on defense for the 9-1 Crimson Tide, Milliner has 44 tackles (27 unassisted). He has four tackles for loss (for minus-19 yards), 1.5 of those are sacks (for minus-11 yards). He has two pass interceptions with 35 yards in returns. Adding to those totals are 14 passes broken up, 16 deflections, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. Milliner is the fifth Alabama finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (Antonio Langham, 1993; DeMeco Ryans, 2005; Terrence Cody, 2009; Mark Barron, 2011).

    Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame (6-2, 255, Sr., Laie, Hawaii): Defensive stopper for the 10-0 Fighting Irish who has 92 total tackles (46 unassisted). He has 5.5 tackles for 19 yards in losses, of which 1.5 are sacks for 13 yards in losses. He has six interceptions (third in the country) and 35 yards in returns. He has four pass breakups, 10 deflections, four quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. He was named Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts (eight tackles, two interceptions) in a 13-6 win over Michigan on Sept. 22. Te'o is the second Notre Dame finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (Shane Walton, 2002).

    Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (6-4, 255, Jr., Berlin, Germany): German-born player has sparkled for the Seminoles' top-ranked defense. He has 29 tackles (22 unassisted). He has 12.5 tackles for 84 yards in losses, of which eight of those are sacks for 69 yards in losses. He has broken up six passes and deflected six passes, hurried the quarterback five times and forced a fumble. Werner is the third Florida State finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (Derrick Brooks, 1993; Sam Cowart, 1997).

    The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club's activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.com). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is www.touchdownclub.com.

    The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson at tiger@fwaa.com or 972-713-6198.

    Founded in 1993, ACN is the world's largest direct seller of telecommunications and essential services for residential and business customers. ACN provides the services people need and use every day including home phone service, high ppeed internet, wireless, television, home security and automation, computer support and natural gas and electricity. ACN operates in 23 countries with offices located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information, visit myacn.com. For information on ACN's home-based business opportunity, visit acninc.com.

    The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official Web site, ncfaa.org.

    Related link:
    • All-time Bronko Nagurski Trophy winners (from touchdownclub.com)

    2012 FWAA ALL-AMERICA COMMITTEE
    Mark AndersonLas Vegas Review-JournalMountain West
    Lee BarfknechtOmaha World-HeraldBig Ten
    Kirk BohlsAustin American-StatesmanWAC
    Jimmy BurchFort Worth Star-TelegramBig 12
    Jon GoldLos Angeles Daily NewsPac-12
    Vahe GregorianSt. Louis Post-DispatchSEC
    Tommy HicksMobile Press-RegisterSun Belt
    Ron HigginsMemphis Commercial AppealConference USA
    John SilverManchester Journal InquirerBig East
    Phil SteelePhil Steele PublicationsNational
    Greg WallaceAnderson Independent-MailSEC
    John WagnerToledo BladeMid-American

    ACC and Orange Bowl announce opponent and broadcast partner

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    GREENSBORO, NC - The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Orange Bowl Committee announced today that the Discover Orange Bowl will annually feature the ACC Champion against an opponent from the Big Ten Conference, Southeastern Conference or University of Notre Dame as part of the 12-year agreement that begins following the 2014 season. In addition, ESPN will serve as the broadcast partner, and the historic bowl game will either be played in an exclusive prime-time window New Year's Eve or on New Year's Day, pending the schedule of the new collegiate postseason playoff games.

    The selection of the opponent will be based on the guiding principle of securing the highest-ranked team in the final standings available from the Big Ten, SEC or Notre Dame, but will also utilize criteria that shares the minimum appearance standards as agreed upon by all parties. The standards include at least three guaranteed appearances over the 12 years for both the Big Ten and the SEC and a maximum of two with no minimum for Notre Dame.

    "We are pleased to have finalized our long-term partnership which brings tremendous exposure and value to the ACC and our member institutions," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "The Discover Orange Bowl has a rich history of prestige and featuring our teams against opponents from the Big Ten, SEC and potentially Notre Dame provides attractive matchups year in and year out. The opportunity to partner with ESPN to showcase the game on either New Year's Eve or New Year's Day provides us with a terrific way for fans to ring in the New Year in South Florida." 

    "The Orange Bowl Committee is truly excited about the completion of our bowl matchup with the ACC Champion by solidifying that their opponent will be from either the Big Ten, SEC or Notre Dame, at a special time of year in beautiful South Florida. Undoubtedly this arrangement will provide tremendous national visibility and generate significant economic impact to the South Florida Community," said O. Ford Gibson, Orange Bowl Committee president and chair. "The Orange Bowl values our special partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference, as we are looking forward to strengthening our already deep relationships with the Big Ten, SEC and Notre Dame."

    "Our continued media partnership with ESPN is of great importance to the Discover Orange Bowl property," said Eric Poms, Orange Bowl Committee chief executive officer. "The worldwide leader in sports brings the optimal platform to annually showcase one of college football's great traditions." 

    "A game pitting the ACC champion against the SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame ensures a great match up for sports fans," said John Skipper, ESPN President. "The Orange Bowl has a great history and we are very proud to be part of extending that into the next decade."

    "We are very excited to reach agreement with the ACC to provide a highly regarded football opponent at the Orange Bowl following select seasons from 2014-2026," said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany.  "The ACC plays great college football and our fans have a deep respect for the historic Orange Bowl tradition.  If previous Orange Bowl appearances are any indicator, I am confident that our fans will travel in great numbers to South Florida; and that those who can't be there in person, will tune in to ESPN to watch these exciting postseason contests." 

    "The tradition of the SEC playing in the Orange Bowl began over 75 years ago and since that time we have played in 39 Orange Bowls," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "We are pleased to renew this long standing relationship with the Orange Bowl and appreciate having the opportunity to compete in front of a national audience on ESPN against the ACC."

    "The Orange Bowl qualifies as one of the most prestigious events in college football's postseason and Notre Dame has played a part in that history, three times playing number-one ranked teams in our five previous appearances," said Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick. "We are honored to partner with two of the premier conferences, the SEC and the Big Ten, to make certain the ACC will have a top-flight opponent on a regular basis."

    As was previously released, the ACC selected the Discover Orange Bowl to be its annual contract bowl partner, serving as the home of the ACC Champion in the new postseason college football arrangement recently announced by the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee. If the ACC Champion is identified as one of the top four teams by the Bowl Championship Series selection committee, then the ACC Champion will participate in the national semifinals and a replacement team from the ACC would participate in the Discover Orange Bowl. 

    In addition to the partnership between the ACC and the Orange Bowl Committee, it is anticipated that the Orange Bowl will host at least four semifinal games in the new postseason college football structure. In the years that the Orange Bowl serves as a semifinal host, the ACC Champion would then participate in one of the three host bowls that will be established as per the direction of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee.

    The Discover Orange Bowl has been the home of the ACC Champion since 2006 and in the first seven years of partnership, five different ACC teams have competed. Throughout the 78-year history, nine of the current ACC institutions have played in at least one Orange Bowl.

    About the Atlantic Coast Conference

    The Atlantic Coast Conference is now in its 60th year of competition, the ACC has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league's inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 127 national championships, including 67 in women's competition and 60 in men's. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 145 times in men's competition and 104 times in women's action. For more information, visit theACC.com.

    About the Orange Bowl

    The Orange Bowl is a 348-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. The Orange Bowl Festival features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the Discover Orange Bowl on January 1, 2013 and the Discover BCS National Championship on January 7, 2013. Other Orange Bowl core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships. For more information on the 2012-13 Orange Bowl Festival and its events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program, log on to www.orangebowl.org.

    Hopkins named 2012 Wuerffel Trophy finalist

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    Florida State's Dustin Hopkins is already a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, CoSIDA All-Academic Region 4 and Senior CLASS Award finalist in 2012 and now the senior kicker is finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is given annually to the one college football player the best combines athletic and academic success with community service.

    Courtesy of the All Sports Association:

     FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- The All Sports Association, Inc. announced today the 8 finalists for the 2012 Wuerffel Trophy, the national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.

    The award is named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who led the Florida Gators to the 1996 national championship, played six years in the National Football League and has received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts with Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans and around the country.

    "The All Sports Association membership is honored to recognize the 2012 Wuerffel Trophy finalists and nominees," commented All Sports President Chad Hamilton. "These student athletes embody the Wuerffel Trophy traits of service, character, and excellence, and they are outstanding ambassadors for college football."

    The finalists, who were nominated by their schools' sports information directors or football liaisons, are (listed alphabetically by university):

    Riley Nelson, Senior - Quarterback - Brigham Young

    Cody Wilson, Senior - Wide Receiver - Central Michigan

    Dustin Hopkins, Senior - Kicker - Florida State

    Aaron Murray, Senior - Quarterback - Georgia

     Matt Smith, Senior - Center - Kentucky

    Ben Buchanan, Senior - Punter - Ohio State

    Gabe Ikard, Junior - Offensive Line - Oklahoma

    Matt Barkley, Senior - Quarterback - Southern California

    A committee that includes the Wuerffel Trophy national directors, selection committee members and past winners, will vote on the finalists later this month, and the winner will be formally announced on December 4th. "It seems like every year the bios of these young men get more and more amazing. And this year is no different. I continue to be greatly encouraged by all the things these guys do to serve others," said Danny Wuerffel.

    Past Winners of the award are: 2005-Rudy Niswanger / LSU; 2006-Joel Penton / Ohio State; 2007/Paul Smith-Tulsa; 2008/Tim Tebow-Florida; 2009-Tim Hiller/Western Michigan, 2010-Sam Acho/Texas; 2011-Barrett Jones/Alabama.

    The 2012 Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to the winner at the All Sports Association's 44th Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, February 8, 2013. 

    Manuel named finalist for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

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    Florida State's EJ Manuel is one of five finalists for the prestigious Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given annually to the country's best quarterback that is either a redshirt junior, senior or redshirt senior.

    Courtesy of the Golden Arm Foundation:

    BALTIMORE, Md. --- And then there were five ...

    The annual competition to select the top college quarterback in the nation has been narrowed from an original field of 29 to five finalists for the 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

    Named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play the game of football, the prestigious Golden Arm Award is presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and Transamerica, a leading provider of innovative business and personal financial services.

    The five finalists for the 2012 Golden Arm Award are - 

    Matt Barkley (USC) has thrown for 113 touchdowns and amassed 12,026 yards in his career as one of the top Trojan QBs of all time. Through last week's games, Barkley had 226 completions in 349 attempts for a 160.0 QB rating.

    Collin Klein (Kansas State), a former wide receiver who often functions as a tailback in the Wildcat's zone-read offense, leads the nation in pass efficiency. Through 10 games this season, he has 12 touchdowns and 145 completions in 208 attempts for a 167.4 QB rating.

    E.J. Manuel (Florida State) is the most accurate QB in FSU history, with a 66.9 completion percentage. This year, Manuel has completed 186 passes in 272 attempts for 2,641 yards and a QB rating of 169.3.

    A.J. McCarron (Alabama) has tossed 20 of his 39 career TDs this season, while compiling an impressive 168.2 QB rating with 157 completions in 238 attempts and only 2 interceptions.

    Geno Smith (West Virginia) has thrown for 10,498 yards and 87 touchdowns during his career as a Mountaineer. Through last week's games, Smith had a 159.2 QB rating with 3,041 yards, 31 TDs, and a 71.3 completion percentage. 

    Candidates for the Golden Arm Award must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, on schedule to graduate with his class. Candidates are judged upon character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments. 

    The 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented on Friday, December 7 at The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland.

    Past winners of the Golden Arm Award include Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Carson Palmer (USC, 2002), Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003), Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, 2006), Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007), Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009), and most recently, Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011).

    Proceeds from the Golden Arm Award help to support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky.

    The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.

    Unitas was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 1979. The Hall of Fame, in commemorations of the NFL's 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries selected Unitas as the top quarterback of all-time. In turn-of-the-century listings, he was named to Sports Illustrated's list of top 10 athletes, Time Magazine's list of 10 most influential athletes, and ESPN's series on the 50 greatest athletes of the century

    In addition to Transamerica, sponsors of the Golden Arm Award include: Athlon Sports, The Babe Ruth and Sports Legends Museum, Baltimore Sun Media Group, Bloomberg Television, Century Engineering, Coach for America, Comcast, Dunbar Armored, GEICO, HMS Insurance Associates, Inc., Metropolis Funding, Panini, PSAV Presentation Services, R2i.ntegrated, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, TRAY, The Scott Garceau Show, Union Memorial Sports Medicine, VPC, Inc., Weiss PR Associates, Inc., Woodberry Kitchen, and Wilson Sporting Goods.

    Manuel named to Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List

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    Florida State redshirt senior quarterback EJ Manuel is one of 15 players on the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List, realesed Tuesday afternoon. The yearly award is given to the top player in the nation as voted on by coaches and sports information directors.

    Courtesy of the Walter Camp Football Foundation:

    New Haven, Conn. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of fifteen "Players to Watch" for its 2012 Player of the Year award, the fourth-oldest college football award in the nation.

    Players from each of the top five teams in the most recent BCS standings are on the list, including quarterback Collin Klein from top-ranked Kansas State. Running back Kenjon Barner from second-ranked Oregon and linebacker Manti Te'o from third-ranked Notre Dame are on the list along with Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.

    The 15-player watch list includes nine quarterbacks, three running backs, two defensive players and one wide receiver.

    "It's been another exciting college football season with many teams and players still in the hunt for national recognition," Foundation president John Marks said. "We've identified some outstanding players and we know the final weeks of the regular season should be even more thrilling."

    A list of five finalists will be announced on Wednesday, November 28.

    The 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be presented on Thursday, December 6 during the 6 p.m. edition of ESPN SportsCenter.

    The winner will receive his trophy at the Foundation's annual national awards banquet on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven. Sponsorships and tickets are available by calling (203) 288-CAMP.

    Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp - a former Yale University athlete and football coach - is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation - a New Haven-based all-volunteer group - was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and continue the tradition of selecting an annual All-America team.

    The Walter Camp Football Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. Visit http://www.ncfaa.org.

    2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year "Players to Watch"

    MONTEE BALL, Senior, RB, Wisconsin - Has rushed for 1,226 yards and 16 touchdowns for 7-3 Badgers.

    MATT BARKLEY, Senior, QB, USC - Has passed for 2,972 yards and 33 touchdowns for the 7-3 Trojans.

    KENJON BARNER, Senior, RB, Oregon - Has rushed for 1,360 yards and 19 touchdowns for 10-0 Ducks.

    TEDDY BRIDGEWATER, Sophomore, QB, Louisville - Has passed for 2,858 yards and 21 touchdowns for the 9-1 Cardinals.

    TAJ BOYD, Junior, QB, Clemson - Has accounted for 3,304 yards of total offense and 33 touchdowns (28 passing, 5 rushing) for 9-1 Tigers.

    COLBY CAMERON, Senior, QB, Louisiana Tech - Has passed for 3,283 yards and 27 touchdowns for 9-1 Bulldogs.

    JOHNATHAN FRANKLIN, Senior, RB, UCLA - Has rushed for 1,270 yards and 8 touchdowns for 8-2 Bruins.

    JARVIS JONES, Junior, LB, Georgia - Has 56 tackles, 10.5 quarterback sacks, and 5 forced fumbles for 9-1 Bulldogs.

    COLLIN KLEIN, Senior, QB, Kansas State - Has accounted for 2,768 yards of total offense and 31 touchdowns (19 rushing, 12 passing) for the 10-0 Wildcats.

    MARQISE LEE, Sophomore, WR, USC - Has 98 receptions for 1,447 yards and 13 touchdowns for 7-3 Trojans.

    EJ MANUEL, Senior, QB, Florida State - Has passed for 2,641 yards and 19 touchdowns for 9-1 Seminoles.

    JOHNNY MANZIEL, Freshman, QB, Texas A&M - Has passed for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for 1,014 and 15 scores.

    AJ MCCARRON, Senior, QB, Alabama - Has passed for 2,158 yards and 20 touchdowns for 9-1 Crimson Tide.

    BRAXTON MILLER, Sophomore, QB, Ohio State - Has 2,919 yards of total offense and 27 touchdowns (14 passing, 13 rushing) for 10-0 Buckeyes.

    MANTI TE'O, Senior, LB, Notre Dame - Has totaled 92 tackles and six interceptions for the 10-0 Fighting Irish.

    Florida State still No. 1 in total defense

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    Video: FSU vs. Virginia Extended Cut

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    FSU games in Brooklyn to air live on truTV and truTV HD

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    Courtesy of Turner Sports:

    truTV will exclusively televise the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Action will begin with a doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 16, with Brigham Young taking on Florida State at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Notre Dame and Saint Joseph's.  Coverage will continue Saturday, Nov. 17, with the Consolation Game at 7 p.m., followed by the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Championship Game.  Brian Anderson will call the games on truTV alongside analysts Greg Anthony and Steve Smith with Craig Sager reporting courtside and contributor Seth Davis.


    truTV and truTV HD Channel Designations in the Team Markets:

     

    Team

    City

    Cable Provider

    truTV

    truTV HD

    Brigham Young

    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Comcast

    44

    736

    Florida State

    Tallahassee, Fla.

    Comcast

    65

    398

    Notre Dame

    South Bend, Ind.

    Comcast

    65

    320

    Saint Joseph's

    Philadelphia, Pa.

    Comcast

    69

    841

     

    Satellite and Telco Affiliates Channel Information (Nationwide)


     


    truTV

    truTV HD

    DIRECTV

    246

    246-1

    Dish  Network

    204

    9430

    Verizon

    183

    683

    AT&T

    164

    1164

    The Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (cvcclassic.com) is one of the most prestigious early-season college basketball tournaments. Twelve schools will compete in the event, with four of those teams serving as regional hosts. Regional round action takes place November 9-13, 2012 with the four hosts - Brigham Young, Florida State, Notre Dame and St. Joseph's - advancing to the championship rounds on November 16-17 at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

    Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in televised and online sports programming, airing championship-level sporting events on TBS, TNT and truTV, and managing some of the most popular sports sites on the Internet. Turner Sports' television lineup includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, NASCAR and professional golf. The company's digital portfolio includes Bleacher Report, NASCAR.COM, NCAA.com and March Madness Live, PGATOUR.COM and PGA.com, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile websites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

    ACC basketball championship banner to be unveiled Friday

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    The No. 24/25 Florida State men's basketball team's 2012-13 season gets started Friday night at 7 p.m. and the first ACC Championship in school history will be celebrated during the pre-game ceremonies before the Seminoles tip off against South Alabama.

    In addition to the banner recognizing the 'Noles' memorable 2011-12 campaign, the ACC Championship Trophy will be on display in the concourse at the Donald L. Tucker Center throughout the game for fans to take their pictures with.

    Aramark will also be offering a special deal at the concession stands. If you buy any beverage you get a hot dog for free.
    Thanks to what happened in the epic LSU-Alabama game, Florida State moved up to No. 1 total defense and EJ Manuel moved to No. 2 in pass efficiency this week. Alabama was No. 1 last week and Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron was ahead of Manuel before the game in Baton Rouge, La.

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    EJ Manuel named finalist for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

    Courtesy of the Golden Arm Foundation:

    BALTIMORE, Md. -- Narrowed from an original field of 29 of the country's top college quarterbacks, there are now 10 candidates remaining for the 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

    The 10 finalists for this year's Golden Arm Award are:

    • Matt Barkley, USC
    • Landry Jones, Oklahoma
    • Collin Klein, Kansas State
    • EJ Manuel, Florida State
    • AJ McCarron, Alabama
    • Aaron Murray, Georgia
    • Denard Robinson, Michigan
    • Geno Smith, West Virginia
    • Tyler Tettleton, Ohio
    • Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

    Named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play the game of football, the prestigious Golden Arm Award is presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and Transamerica, a leading provider of innovative business and personal financial services.

    Candidates for the Golden Arm Award must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, on schedule to graduate with his class. Candidates are judged upon character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments.

    The 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented on Friday, December 7 at The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland.

    Established in 1987, the award previously has been presented to 25 outstanding young men. Past winners include Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Carson Palmer (USC, 2002), Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003), Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, 2006), Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007), Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009), and most recently, Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011).

    Proceeds from the Golden Arm Award help to support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky.

    The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.

    Unitas was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 1979. The Hall of Fame, in commemorations of the NFL's 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries selected Unitas as the top quarterback of all-time. In turn-of-the-century listings, he was named to Sports Illustrated's list of top 10 athletes, Time Magazine's list of 10 most influential athletes, and ESPN's series on the 50 greatest athletes of the century 

    In addition to Transamerica, sponsors of the Golden Arm Award include: Athlon Sports, The Babe Ruth and Sports Legends Museum, Baltimore Sun Media Group, Bloomberg Television, Century Engineering, Coach for America, Comcast, Dunbar Armored, GEICO, HMS Insurance Associates, Inc., Metropolis Funding, Panini, PSAV Presentation Services, R2i.ntegrated, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, TRAY, The Scott Garceau Show, Union Memorial Sports Medicine, VPC, Inc., Weiss PR Associates, Inc., Woodberry Kitchen, and Wilson Sporting Goods.

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