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    Video: Red Panda at the FSU women's basketball game

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    Video: 2012 FSU Football Rewind - Wake Forest

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    Courtesy of Seminole Productions: Take a look back at the 2012 Florida State Football season, and in this week's episode, we feature the Seminoles' shutout victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

    Filmed and Edited by Chris Ruth
    GFX by Brad Blanar

    Free admission for Thursday night women's basketball game

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    Live updating FSU's NFL Combine results

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    The NFL Combine starts Saturday and 13 former Florida State student-athletes are in action auditioning in front of league personnel.

    Be sure to check out the preview story from earlier this week here. This blog post will update throughout the next several days with measurements/tidbits/results from each of the 'Noles.

    Updates (most recent first):


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    Menelik Watson capped off his work outs in Indianapolis with a 24 1/2-foot vertical jump, a 103.0-inches broad jump, an 8/31-seconds 3-cone drill, and a 5.01-seconds 20-yard shuttle according to NFL.com.




    Dustin Hopkins ran unofficial 40-yard dash times of 4.81 and 4.69. On the NFL's official combine website, Hopkins' second attempt is listed as officially 4.74, which is tied for second fastest among kickers and punters since 2006 according to the sortable records in that web page. Here is video of Hopkins' second attempt:

    Here is video of both of Menelik Watson's 40-yard dashes:







    This week in Seminole athletics: Feb. 25, 2013

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    Bracy captures 60-meters gold; Locke nabs silver

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    Florida State freshman sensation Marvin Bracy just won the ACC Indoor 60-meters dash title moments ago in Blacksburg, Va. with a 6.57 mark. FSU's Dentarius Locke ran a 6.58 to earn a second-place finish.

    Official results:

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    Former FSU guard Toney Douglas traded to Sacramento

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    Former Florida State standout Toney Douglas is headed west. Late Wednesday night, news broke that Douglas and several other players were involved in a trade between the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings. 

    Here is the official press release from Douglas' new team, with a photo showing what he'll look like in a Kings uniform. (Release and photo courtesy of SacramentoKings.com)

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    SACRAMENTO, CA ---- The Sacramento Kings today acquired forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich, guard Toney Douglas and cash considerations from the Houston Rockets in exchange for forwards Francisco Garcia, Thomas Robinson and Tyler Honeycutt, according to Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.

    "We are excited about the addition of Patrick, Toney and Cole," said Petrie. "They will add skill and depth along with the potential for a different look to our roster. We all want to thank Francisco, Thomas and Tyler for their efforts and contributions."

    In Patterson, the Kings receive the 14th overall selection of the 2010 NBA Draft (Kentucky) who averaged 11.6 points (.519 FGs, .365 3FGs, .755 FTs), 4.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game in 47 outings with the Rockets this season (started 38). The 6-9, 235-pound forward has posted career numbers of 8.4 points (.495 FGs, .347 3FGs, .723 FTs), 4.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game in 163 contests with Houston (started 45).

    Aldrich is a 6-11, 240-pound center selected by Oklahoma City with the 11th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft (Kansas) and is averaging 1.7 points (.530 FGs, .704 FTs) and 1.9 rebounds in 74 career games with both the Thunder and Rockets.

    Douglas is a third-year pro who tallied 8.1 points (.395 FGs, .377 3FGs, .882 FTs), 1.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.8 steals in 49 games with the Rockets this season. The 6-2, 185-pound guard was drafted by the New York Knicks out of Florida State and has notched career averages of 8.8 points (.406 FGs, .357 3FGs, .825 FTs), 2.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.9 steals in 224 career contests.

    Garcia, whose years with the Kings (8th season) made him the longest-tenured player on the roster, was selected by the Sacramento as an early entry candidate out of Louisville with the 23rd overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and is averaging 5.2 points (.376 FGs, .367 3FGs, .857 FTs), 1.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 17.8 minutes per game in 40 contests (started 15) this season. He has amassed career averages of 8.3 points (.433 FGs, .360 3FGs, .809 FTs), 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 22.2 minutes per game in 460 outings (started 128).

    Robinson is averaging 4.8 points (.424 FGs, .577 FTs), 4.7 rebounds and 15.9 minutes per game in 51 contests as a rookie this season. He has scored in double-figures in seven games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds on five occasions. Robinson was selected by the Kings as an undergraduate (junior) out of Kansas with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

    Honeycutt, currently in his second NBA season, is averaging 0.9 points (.273 FGs, 0-2 3FGs, 2-2 FTs), 1.1 rebounds and 3.6 minutes per game in nine contests off the bench for Sacramento. He has recorded career averages of 1.2 points (.314 FGs, .200 3FGs, .714 FTs), 1.0 rebounds and 5.0 minutes per game in 24 outings. Honeycutt was selected by the Kings as a sophomore out of UCLA with the 35th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.


    Video: 2012 FSU Football Rewind - Savannah State

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    Courtesy of Seminole Productions: Take a look back at the 2012 Florida State Football season. This week, we feature the win over Savannah State.

    Filmed and Edited by Chris Ruth
    GFX by Brad Blanar

    Video: Feb. 19 Doak Insider Podcast

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    This week in Seminole athletics: Feb. 18, 2013

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    Men's Basketball

    The Noles split last week's games by defeating Boston College with an all-around performance for the team.  Michael Snaer led the way with 21 points and freshman point guard Devon Bookert dished out 8 assists with 0 turnovers.  The team played well against #3 Miami but fell in the end.  The Noles hit the road to take on NC State - Tuesday at 7pm on ESPN2 and then on Sunday vs. Virginia Tech at 6pm- on ESPNU.   Follow the Noles on social media.  Twitter @FSU_MBasketball and like the Facebook page

    Women's Basketball

    The No. 19 ranked Florida State women's basketball team knocked off #14 UNC on Sunday afternoon in Tallahassee. Seniors Leonor Rodriguez (22 points), Chelsea Davis (21 points) and Alexa Deluzio (15 points) and junior Natasha Howard (17 points) all scored in double figures to lead the Seminoles to an 80-73 victory. The win marked Semrau's seventh 20-win season as the Noles improved to 20-5 overall on the season. The squad will hit the road for a tough battle against Duke on the 22nd and Virginia Tech on the 24th before returning home on February 28th for the final home game of the season. The Noles will host the Maryland Terrapins for Senior Night on the 28th at 7pm in the Tucker Center where all fans will be admitted for free. If you haven't already done so, make sure you like our Facebook page today and help us #MakeItCountFSU!

    Baseball

    The Noles swept through a weekend series with Rhode Island winning Sunday with a dramatic 10th inning walk-off home run from True Freshman DJ Stewart.  The Noles  got the 2013 campaign started on the right foot Friday afternoon defeating Rhode Island 11-5 in front of a great opening day crowd of 5,354 on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. Saturday the Noles scored 5 runs late in the game to finish off the Rams 6-2.  Florida State returns to Dick Howser Stadium Tuesday afternoon at 4pm facing off with Jacksonville, followed by a weekend series with in-state rival USF.

    Softball

    The 21st ranked Softball team hosted the Unconquered Invitational and came away with a successful weekend early in the season.  The Noles got quality wins over Arkansas and Hofstra who boasts one of the nation's best pitchers.  Tulsa played good ball all weekend as they took home the crown.  The Noles have plenty to look forward to as they head out west for the prestigious Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, CA.  follow the Noles on Twitter- @FSU_Softball and on the Facebook page- Florida State Seminoles Softball.

    Women's Tennis

    The No. 27 - ranked Florida State women's tennis team captured a sweeping 7-0 victory over UCF on Friday, moving to 5-1 on the seasonOn Sunday, The Noles defeated the No. 61 ranked Georgia State Panthers, 5-2 at the Indoor Tennis Facility. The Seminoles head to Miami, Fla. on Friday for a match against Florida International at 10 a.m. before taking on No. 12 ranked Miami on Saturday at 11 a.m

    Men's Tennis

    This weekend on Sunday, February 24, IMG Academy is set to host No. 28 Florida State and No. 5 Pepperdine at 1 p.m. This marks the first time the Seminoles are playing a neutral match at IMG Academy. Matches are set to be streamed for free online.

    Golf

    In the inaugural Florida State Match-Up Tournament, Florida State was led by senior Jessica Negron who finished in a tie for third place in the individual standings with an even par score of 216. She carded an even par score of 72 in the first round and a 2 under par score of 70 in the second round. The Seminoles finished in fourth place in the team standings - their second top five finish of the spring season after finishing in a second place at the Florida Challenge to open the season.

    Swimming & diving

    The Florida State Women's Swimming & Diving heads to Greensboro, NC to compete for the ACC Championships starting Wednesday. The Men's Championship will be the following week, also in Greensboro.

    SPEAR-IT REWARDS

    Noles fans join the newest program www.fsuspearitrewards.com and participate in the social rewards program. 

    Vote for EJ Manuel and you could win a signed FSU helmet

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    Today marks the end of top-eight voting for the cover athlete of the next edition of the EA SPORTS NCAA Football video game and the kind folks at EA have provided me with a signed EJ Manuel helmet (pictured below) to give away to a lucky fan as a thank you for taking part in the Facebook voting process.

    Here's how you can be the one to get the signed item from FSU's four-time bowl-game winner: The first person to tweet me a photo to @BrandonMellor showing that they "liked" (and therefore voted) for Manuel on the official Facebook page wins the helmet.

    Click here now to vote now and be sure to watch this video of Manuel from EA Sports. Also, make sure to follow EA Sports on Twitter at @eancaafootball.

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    UPDATE: @ZMart33 was the first to respond after he voted for Manuel. Thanks to everyone who participated! 

    Video: FSU sand volleyball team does the 'Harlem Shake'

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    Bernard James to be honored during All-Star weekend

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    Former Florida State forward Bernard James will be honored Saturday night in Houston, Texas during the NBA's All-Star Weekend festivities.

    The Dallas Mavericks rookie served in the military for six years with tours in Qatar, Iran and Kuwait. He has started seven games for the Mavs this season after being selected in the second round of the NBA Draft last summer.


    Goodwill Donation Drive - FSU vs. BC

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    Goodwill Industries of the Big Bend is the presenting sponsor of this Saturday's FSU men's basketball game against Boston College at noon. Goodwill is conducting a donation drive at the game and will have donation bins and a truck outside of the northwest plaza main entrance of the Donald L. Tucker Center.

    'Noles fans looking to make a difference in the community are encouraged to bring a donation item to the game. As an added incentive for your philanthropic efforts in the Big Bend, the first 250 people to donate an item will receive a free ticket to an upcoming Florida State men's basketball game. 

    Old hats, clothes, coats, and household items as well as old electronics and small furniture are considered acceptable donation items. All donations are considered tax deductible and Goodwill Industries will have staff members on hand to issue receipts.

    Schillace In Your Face: National Radio Interview

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    Jonathan Schillace sat down with Bill Hazen for an interview on the national radio show, College Sports Weekly. 

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    Schillace In Your Face: Sorority Recruitment

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    A few months ago, when sorority recruitment was underway on the Florida State Campus, we decided to kick off Schillace in your Face. This is the first video we put together. Sorority women were asked about the 2012 Football team before the season started, here's what ensued.

    EJ Manuel to be featured on ESPN's 'Gruden's QB Camp'

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    Former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel will be one of nine quarterbacks to individually appear on ESPN's popular Gruden's QB Camp with former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach/current Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden, ESPN announced Thursday.

    The show will start airing April 4 at 8:30 p.m. and will air continuously throughout the month on SportsCenter and NFL studio shows across ESPN's family of networks.

    His appearance on the show is the next in a long line of events that Manuel has or will participate in since he capped off his FSU career with an Orange Bowl victory. Manuel has already captured MVP honors in the  Senior Bowl, won the accuracy contest in the Quicken Loans All-Star Football Challenge and will soon show off his skills at the NFL Combine.

    For more information on the show, click here.

    Video: Seminole Gametime - Orange Bowl Behind the Scenes

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    Courtesy of Seminole Productions: Get an exclusive, behind the scenes look at the Seminoles' trip to Miami for the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl in this special edition of Seminole Gametime.

    Press Conference Takeover: Charlie Sheen

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    In this Press Conference Take Over, Jonathan Schillace get the chance to sit down one on one with Charlie Sheen to discuss what's been going on at Florida State.

    Video: 2012 FSU Football Rewind - Murray State

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    Courtesy of Seminole Productions: Take a look back at the 2012 Florida State Football season. This week, we feature the victory over Murray State on September 1st. Check back next week for another edition of FSU Football Rewind. 

    Filmed and Edited by Chris Ruth
    GFX by Brad Blanar

    Video: This is FSU Baseball - The Dugout

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    Video: Vote EJ Manuel for NCAA 14 video-game cover

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    The top-eight voting for the cover of EA Sports' NCAA 14 video game ends Feb. 18 and Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel is one of the finalists. Make sure to vote for Manuel by "liking" EA Sports' Facebook page here. Click here to "like" and vote.

    'Noles No. 16 in ESPN's 'Way Too Early Preseason Top 25'

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    ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach released his second "Way Too Early Preseason Top 25" Monday and the Seminoles are No. 16, which is the same spot they were in the initial release.

    This, from ESPN.com:

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    Check out the full list here.

    This week in Seminole athletics: Feb. 11, 2013

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    Men's Basketball

    The Noles split last week's defeating Georgia Tech on another Michael Snaer buzzer beater, then fell at Wake Forest.  The Noles are home for two large home games this week when arch rival and #3 Miami comes to the Tuck on Wednesday night at 7pm.  On Saturday the BC Eagles take on the Noles at 12 noon.  The team needs your support and a TRUE home court advantage.   Follow the Noles on social media.  Twitter @FSU_MBasketball and like the Facebook page 

    Women's Basketball

    The No. 19 ranked Florida State women's basketball team cruised past Miami on Sunday, coming away with a 93-78 road victory at the BankUnited Center. The Garnet and Gold will now turn their attention to two huge home ACC matchups this week. First on Thursday evening at 7pm the Seminoles will host the NC State Wolf Pack for Paint it Pink. Come out and support the team as they wear pink jerseys to raise awareness for the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. Then on Sunday the Noles will host the No. 14 UNC Tar Heels at 1pm for ACC Day! To register for the pregame ACC Day youth pep rally, email nhaves@fsu.edu. If you haven't already done so, make sure you like our Facebook page today and help us #MakeItCountFSU!

    Baseball

    The  9th ranked Florida State Baseball team opens their 2013 campaign against the Rhode Island Rams this Friday at Dick Howser Stadium.  First pitch is set for 4 p.m.  The Noles will also hit the field on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m. to finish out their weekend series.  Pick up the 2013 poster and schedule card this weekend. 

    Men's Tennis

    The No. 28 Florida State men's tennis team (9-2) lost its first match at home this season against No. 11 Florida (6-0) on Saturday. The Seminoles pulled out two singles win at the packed Scott Speicher Tennis Center including an upset and come-from-behind win but lost the tight match 5-2. The team has next week off and will take on Pepperdine at Bradenton, Fla. at the IMG Academy on February 24 

    Women's Tennis

    Sophomore Daneika Borthwick was named ACC Player of the Week on February 5th by the league office after picking up her sixth win over a ranked opponent this year.  Borthwick and The No. 29 ranked Florida State Women's tennis team will open home play this weekend as they take on UCF Friday at 3 p.m. and Georgia State Sunday at 1 p.m. Come out to Scott Speicher Tennis Center and cheer on your Noles!

    Softball

    The 24th ranked softball team opened up the season in convincing fashion this past week dominating the panhandle invitational. The Noles are back home again this weekend hosting another tournament- the Unconquered Invitational.  Arkansas, Tulsa and Hofstra come to Tallahassee.  Games begin Friday at 12:15pm when the Noles take on Tulsa, followed by Arkansas at 2:30pm.   On Saturday the Noles take on Hofstra (12:15pm) and the tournament will continue on that night and into Sunday.  Come out to the Seminole Softball complex- Admission is FREE!

    Women's Golf

    Will host the Florida State Match Up this weekend at Southwood Golf Club. Twelve teams will tee off in twosomes for the first two rounds and then in a final round shotgun in threesomes. The twosomes will consist of the partner teams playing together and for this year the partners are as follows: Florida State/Texas A&M, Oklahoma/Georgia, Notre Dame/Michigan, Tennessee/Texas San Antonio, Furman/Kansas, and UNC Greensboro/UNC Wilmington. Tee time is set for 8:30am on Friday and Saturday and a 8:00am shotgun on Sunday.

    Men's Golf

    The No. 23 Florida State men's golf team won the SunTrust Gator Invitational Sunday for the first time since 1981 with a team score of 8-under 832. The team won by 15 strokes at the Mark Bostick Golf Course on the University of Florida. Sophomore Daniel Berger won the individual title for the first time in his career.

    SPEAR-IT REWARDS

    Noles fans join the newest program www.fsuspearitrewards.com and participate in the social rewards program. 


    Video: 'Leonard's Stare'

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    From the award-winning Seminole Productions:

    Seminole fans, make sure to tune in this Saturday, Feb. 9 as two new episodes of "FSU First Look" hit the air on Sun Sports. First at 11:30 a.m., "FSU First Look" will preview both the men's and women's golf teams, and also the sand volleyball team. That show will re-air at 7:30 p.m. followed at 8 p.m. by another "FSU First Look" highlighting the men's and women's tennis teams. "FSU First Look" is an award-winning series of shows dedicated to previewing Florida State athletic teams. The shows are produced by Seminole Productions for Fox Sports. This series of shows has won numerous awards and has even been nominated for an Emmy.

    Also airing throughout the month of February is "Seminole GameTime: Orange Bowl." This show is an all-access behind-the-scenes look at the Seminole football team as they live it up in South Florida and ring in the new year with a BCS Bowl victory. Seminole GameTime, which is Seminole Productions' series of exclusive behind-the-scenes shows, has also won numerous awards and has gathered an Emmy nomination as well.

    Screen Shot: Bjoern Werner on ESPN.com

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    FSU ties with LSU for most NFL Combine invitees with 13

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    Florida State is tied with LSU for the most invitees to the 2013 NFL Combine (hat tip to @GMLane). Thirteen former FSU football player are scheduled to work out and be tested in front of NFL general managers, executives, coaches and scouts.

    Here's the list of former 'Noles invited (with the camp number they'll wear included):
    Brandon Jenkins (DL20)
    EJ Manuel (QB09)
    Tank Carradine (DL07)
    Dustin Hopkins (PK06)
    Greg Reid (DB35)
    Bjoern Werner (DL47)
    Everett Dawkins (DL08)
    Rodney Smith (WO30)
    Xavier Rhodes (DB36)
    Chris Thompson (RB32)
    Menelik Watson (OL54)
    Lonnie Pryor (RB26)
    Nick Moody (LB22)

    The combine will be held Feb. 23-26 and will air on NFL Network. 

    Watson and Hopkins will work out Feb. 23; Manuel, Thompson, Pryor and Smith will work out Feb. 24; Jenkins, Carradine, Werner, Dawkins and Moody will work out Feb. 25; Rhodes and Reid will work out on Feb. 26.

    UPDATE: According to National Football Scouting, FSU's 13 invitees are the most the program has sent to the combine since 2001 when 14 'Noles worked out in Indianapolis.
    Florida State's annual pro day, which this year should be quite popular among NFL executives, coaches and scouts, is set for March 19 on campus.

    As announced by the FSU Sports Information Office Monday, spring practice will then start for the 'Noles March 20. The spring game is slated for April 13.

    *All dates are tentative and subject to change.

    This week in Seminole athletics: Feb. 4, 2013

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    Football

    Make plans for Jimbo Fisher's National signing day party on February 6th at the Tallahassee Car Museum.  It is open to anyone (18 years and up).  Hear from the new coaches and learn about the newest Seminoles.  To purchase tickets and learn more click Signing Day

    Men's Basketball

    The Noles split this week's games defeating Maryland on another Michael Snaer buzzer beater, then fell at home to #5 Duke.  The Noles hit the road for two games this week- Tuesday at Georgia Tech (9pm tip) and on Saturday vs. Wake Forest at 12 noon.  The team needs your support and a TRUE home court advantage.    Follow the Noles on social media.  Twitter @FSU_MBasketball and like the Facebook page.

    Women's Basketball

    Led by junior forward Natasha Howard's double-double, the 19th ranked Florida State women's basketball team (18-4, 8-3 in the ACC) picked up its ninth consecutive win over Clemson, 83-61, on Sunday at the Tucker Center. Howard, who scored 19 points and grabbed 11 boards, became the 28th Seminole to score 1,000 career points when she drilled a free throw at the 11:01 mark in the first half. The Seminoles will hit the road this Sunday as they face the Miami Hurricanes for a 2:05pm tip in Coral Gables. The Garnet and Gold will return home Thursday, February 14th at 7pm as they host the NC State Wolf Pack for Paint it Pink. If you haven't already done so, make sure you like our Facebook page today and help us #MakeItCountFSU!

    Women's Tennis

    For the first time since 2009, the 29th ranked Florida State women's tennis team defeated USF.  The Seminoles conquered three ranked opponents between singles and doubles to capture a 6-1 victory at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts. The Seminoles will take a little break from competition before returning home for two matches. Florida State will host UCF on Feb. 15 before taking on Georgia State on Feb. 17

    Men's Tennis

    The No. 29 Florida State men's tennis team (9-1) had a successful Saturday by defeating both FAU and Mercer 7-0. The Seminoles went on to win 18 of 18 matches and only lost two sets on the day. The last time the team started with a 9-1 record was in 2010.  Florida State takes on No. 11 Florida next Saturday at noon, Free pizza will be provide while supplies last and the first 20 fans will receive a free tshirt!

    Softball

    The 24th ranked softball team opens up their 2103 season this weekend.  The Noles take on FAMU, Friday at 6pm.  On Saturday the Noles take on UNF (12pm) and on Sunday Bethune Cookman (1pm) and Jacksonville (5pm).  Come out to the Seminole Softball complex- Admission is FREE!

     Baseball

    Mark your calendars.  Whataburger Florida State Baseball Fan Day is Saturday February 9th at 11am. Starts in Haggard Plaza with autographs with a scrimmage to follow.

    Spear-It-Rewards

    Noles fans join the newest program www.fsuspearitrewards.com and participate in the social rewards program. 


    Video: Deion Sanders as 'Leon Sandcastle'

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    Florida State All-American defensive back/NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders had a pretty memorable commercial air during the Super Bowl Sunday night. Here he is as "Leon Sandcastle":

    Florida State's EJ Manuel and Dustin Hopkins recently competed in the Quicken Loans All-Star Challenge at Cowboys Stadium and the event will air Saturday at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2. 

    Rumor has it, FSU's all-time pass efficiency leader had a great showing in the accuracy contest against fellow quarterbacks Mike Glennon, Jordan Rodgers and Ryan Nassib.

    Here are some photos of the event, courtesy of Steve Woltmann:

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    Schillace in Your Face: Duke Preview

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