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    Jimbo Fisher inks new FSU contract

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    Tallahassee, Fla. --  Florida State Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox announced Tuesday that the university and head football coach Jimbo Fisher have signed a new contract that will keep Fisher as the Seminoles' head coach until at least January 2019.

    "We are extremely pleased with the direction of our program and believe that this new contract will assure that Coach Fisher is in place to lead the Seminoles for a long time to come," said Wilcox.  "Coach Fisher enjoys the full support of the leadership of the university and we look forward to the continued success of our football program on the field and in the classroom."

    A copy of the contract will not be available for release until later this week, but will include a raise in annual compensation for Fisher.

    The Seminoles are 13-0 on the season, ranked No. 1 in the BCS poll and left Tallahassee today for the BCS National Championship Game where they will face No. 2 Auburn at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

    Coach Fisher will meet with the media today at 4:00 P.S.T. in California.

    ESPN's FSU BCS National Championship hype video

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    Video: 'One Team, One Heartbeat' Trailer

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    Schillace in Your Face: Red Lightning

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    Video: FSU by the numbers

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    Florida State defense hype video

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    Video: The Jimbo Fisher Story

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    The ACC Digital Network went with FSU coach Jimbo Fisher to his family's ranch in Clarksburg, WV for this terrific behind the scenes video. 

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    Telvin Smith accepts Senior Bowl invite

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    'Noles linebacker Telvin Smith will join teammate Terrence Brooks in Mobile, Ala. for the Reese's Senior Bowl, it was announced Monday.

    Video: Jameis Winston on the Dan Patrick Show

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    Video: Jameis Winston on 'The NFL Today'

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    Video: Jameis Winston's Heisman acceptance speech

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    Winston named Sporting News' Player of the Year

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    One night after winning the Walter Camp and Davey O'Brien awards, FSU quarterback Jameis Winston has been named Sporting News' Player of the Year.

    Winston is also a Sporting News First-Team All-American and is joined on that list by 'Noles left tackle Cameron Erving and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner.

    To see the full list of Sporting News All-Americans, click here.

    Tickets for the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game are in such high demand by 'Noles fans that the FSU Ticket Office and the Seminole Boosters received double the amount of ticket requests than what was allotted for the game.

    Because demand greatly outnumbers supply, Seminole Boosters, Inc. sent out an email to members Thursday night informing them that ticket limits have been associated with the following membership levels.

    For questions, contact the Seminole Boosters or the FSU Ticket Office at 850-644-NOLE.


    Platinum Chiefs ($12,000+): 12 

    Golden Chiefs ($6,000-$11,999): 8

    Silver Chiefs ($3,000-$5,999): 6

    Tomahawks ($1200-$2999): 4

    Warriors ($600-$1199) with > 37 points: 2

    Joyner, Aguayo named Walter Camp first-team All-Americans

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    Jameis Winston named Walter Camp Player of the Year

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    Courtesy of the Walter Camp Football Foundation:

    New Haven, CT - Florida State University redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston (Bessemer, ALhas been selected as the 2013 Walter Camp Player of the Year. Walter Camp Foundation President James Monico made the presentation tonight during ESPN's 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter.

    The Walter Camp Player of the Year is voted on by the nation's 125 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. Other finalists for the Walter Camp 2013 Player of the Year award included Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, and Boston College running back Andre Williams.

    Walter Camp 2013 POY Jameis Winston

    The 47th recipient of the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, Winston is the second Florida State player to earn the award, joining former Seminole quarterback Charlie Ward (1993).

    "Jameis Winston has been the orchestrator of the most prolific offense in the nation this season," Monico said.  "His consistency and overall performance have been outstanding and we are pleased to recognize him."

    The 6-foot 4, 228-pound Winston is a Walter Camp Second Team All-America selection after leading the Seminoles to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship (defeated 20th-ranked Duke, 45-7, on December 7) and a berth in next month's BCS National Championship Game.

    The 2013 campaign has been a record-breaking one for Winston and the top-ranked Seminoles. FSU has already set the school record for points (53.0 points per game), yards (529.4 yards per game) and just 28 points shy of setting a new FBS record for most points scored in a season.  Individually, Winston has completed 237-of-349 passes.  His 38 touchdown passes are an ACC season record.

    He is also the FBS freshman record holder and ACC record holder for yards thrown in a season (3,820) and has a 190.06 efficiency rating, which ranks first in the nation.  He has thrown for 300 or more yards seven times, including a season-high 444 in a victory over Clemson on October 19.    In addition, Winston has thrown at least three touchdown passes in eight games this season, including a season-best five in a win over Maryland on October 5 which earned him Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors.

    Top-ranked Florida State (13-0) will play second-ranked Auburn (12-1) in the BCS National Championship Game on January 6.

    Winston is a two-sport athlete and a member of the Seminoles' baseball team as an outfielder and pitcher.  He was selected in the 15th round in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers.

    Winston, along with members of the Walter Camp 2013 All-America team, will be honored at the organization's national awards banquet on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

    The Foundation is offering a "Holiday Ticket Promotion" for the National Awards Dinner. Buy two tickets for $450 (you save $150) before December 31. Please call (203) 288-CAMP (288-2267) for more information.

    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 to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.  Visit www.waltercamp.org for more information.

    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.

     


    Walter Camp Player of the Year Recipients

    2013 - Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

    2012 - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

    2011 - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

    2010 - Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

    2009 - Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

    2008 - Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

    2007 - Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas

    2006 - Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State

    2005 - Reggie Bush, RB, USC

    2004 - Matt Leinart, QB, USC

    2003 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pittsburgh

    2002 - Larry Johnson, RB, Penn State

    2001 - Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska

    2000 - Josh Heupel, QB, Oklahoma

    1999 - Ron Dayne, RB, Wisconsin

    1998 - Ricky Williams, RB, Texas

    1997 - Charles Woodson, DB, Michigan

    1996 - Danny Wuerffel, QB, Florida

    1995 - Eddie George, RB, Ohio State

    1994 - Rashaan Salaam, RB, Colorado

    1993 - Charlie Ward, QB, Florida State

    1992 - Gino Torretta, QB, Miami

    1991 - Desmond Howard, WR, Michigan

    1990 - Raghib Ismail, WR, Notre Dame

    1989 - Anthony Thompson, RB, Indiana

    1988 - Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma State

    1987 - Tim Brown, WR, Notre Dame

    1986 - Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami

    1985 - Bo Jackson, RB, Auburn

    1984 - Doug Flutie, QB, Boston College

    1983 - Mike Rozier, RB, Nebraska

     

    1982 - Herschel Walker, RB, Georgia

    1981 - Marcus Allen, RB, USC

    1980 - Hugh Green, DE, Pittsburgh

    1979 - Charles White, RB, USC

    1978 - Billy Sims, RB, Oklahoma

    1977 - Ken MacAfee, TE, Notre Dame

    1976 - Tony Dorsett, RB, Pittsburgh

    1975 - Archie Griffin, RB, Ohio State

    1974 - Archie Griffin, RB, Ohio State

    1973 - John Cappelletti, RB, Penn State

    1972 - Johnny Rodgers, RB, Nebraska

    1971 - Pat Sullivan, QB, Auburn

    1970 - Jim Plunkett, QB, Stanford

    1969 - Steve Owens, RB, Oklahoma

    1968 - O.J. Simpson, RB, USC

    1967 - O.J. Simpson, RB, USC

    Demonte McAllister accepts Shrine Bowl invite

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    FSU leads nation with 5 USA TODAY Sports All-Americans

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    Courtesy of USA TODAY Sports:

    With the regular season in the books, USA TODAY Sports combed through the Football Bowl Subdivision to selection the nation's first-team and second-team All-Americans. The group includes four Heisman Trophy finalists, including Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

    With 13 selections - five from FSU - the ACC has the most representatives of any FBS conference. Up next are the Pac-12 and SEC with 10 picks apiece.

    Each team consists of 25 players: 11 on offense, 11 on defense, one kicker, one punter and one return specialist.

    First-team All-America:

    QB Jameis Winston, Florida State

    RB Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona

    RB Andre Williams, Boston College

    WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

    WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

    TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

    BCS BOWLS: The 10 teams who made it

    OL Cameron Erving, Florida State

    OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

    OL David Yankey, Stanford

    OL Cyril Richardson, Baylor

    OL Travis Swanson, Arkansas

    AWARDS FINALISTS: Contenders for top honors

    DL Vic Beasley, Clemson

    DL Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

    DL Will Sutton, Arizona State

    DL Michael Sam, Missouri

    LB Anthony Barr, UCLA

    LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

    LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

    CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

    CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

    S Cody Prewitt, Mississippi

    S Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois

    K Roberto Aguayo, Florida State

    P Tom Hornsey, Memphis

    RET Ty Montgomery, Stanford

    BOWL SCHEDULE: Dates, times for every game

    COACHING CHANGES: New faces on sidelines for 2014

    Second-team All-America:

    QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

    RB Tre Mason, Auburn

    RB Tyler Gaffney, Stanford

    WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

    WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

    TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina

    OL Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

    OL Taylor Lewan, Michigan

    OL Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

    OL Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

    OL Tyler Larsen, Utah State

    DL Marcus Smith, Louisville

    DL Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

    DL Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State

    DL Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

    LB Trent Murphy, Stanford

    LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin

    LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

    CB Jason Verrett, TCU

    CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

    S Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State

    S Jeremy Cash, Duke

    K Jeff Budzien, Northwestern

    P Pat O'Donnell, Miami (Fla.)

    RET Ryan Switzer, North Carolina

    Winston named Athlon Sports' ACC Player of the Year

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    Courtesy of Athlon Sports (full article here

    ACC 2013 Season Awards

    Coach of the Year: David Cutcliffe, Duke
    Between Cutcliffe, Boston College's Steve Addazio and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, the ACC has a good crop of candidates for coach of the year. Despite the seasons by Fisher and Addazio, it's hard to pick against Cutcliffe for this award. Cutcliffe guided Duke to its first ACC Coastal title and the program's first season of double-digit victories. To illustrate how far along Cutcliffe has improved Duke as a program, from 2000-07 the Blue Devils won just 13 games. Under Cutcliffe's direction (2008-13), the Blue Devils have won 31 contests, including 16 in the last two seasons. And this isn't a one-year wonder: Duke has enough returning talent to be in the Coastal Division mix again in 2014.

    Offensive Player of the Year: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
    Boston College running back Andre Williams and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd deserve consideration here, but Winston is the clear frontrunner for this award. The redshirt freshman quickly went from a talented, inexperienced quarterback in September to arguably the best in the nation by December. In the season opener against Pittsburgh, Winston threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns and only got better with each snap. Against Clemson, he threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns and completed 21 of 29 passes for 325 yards and one score against Miami. Winston completed at least 60 percent of his passes in 10 out of 12 games against BCS competition and threw at least one touchdown pass in every contest.

    Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
    Donald dominated the line of scrimmage and opposing offensive lines during his four years in Pittsburgh, but he was at his best during his senior year. Donald recorded 54 tackles - no easy feat for a defensive tackle - 10 sacks and 26.5 tackles for a loss. He also recorded 16 quarterback hurries, forced four fumbles and blocked one kick. Donald finished his career in the Steel City with 64 tackles for a loss and 28.5 sacks. He was picked as a finalist for the Bednarik, Outland, Lombardi and Nagurski Awards, and was the ACC media's pick as ACC Defensive Player of the Year. 

    Newcomer of the Year: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
    As we mentioned under the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Winston is already one of - if not the best - quarterback in the nation. The redshirt freshman finished the regular season with 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns, while rushing for 193 yards and four scores. Winston completed 67.9 percent of his throws, averaged 293.8 passing yards per game and led the nation with a 190.1 passer rating. The Alabama native set FBS freshmen records with 38 touchdown passes and 3,820 passing yards.  

    Biggest Disappointments of 2013: Virginia and NC State
    No one was necessarily expecting big things from either NC State or Virginia this year, but a combined 0-16 mark in conference play is a big disappointment. The Wolfpack was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division by the ACC media in July, while the Cavaliers were pegged sixth in the Coastal. Neither team was particularly competitive in ACC games, as NC State's closest conference loss was by eight points to North Carolina, while only one of Virginia's defeats were by less than 10 points. Despite the disappointing 2013 season, there is hope for both programs. The Cavaliers have a solid recruiting class on the way, and the Wolfpack will gain the services of transfer quarterback Jacoby Brissett for 2014.

    Biggest Surprises of 2013: Duke and Boston College
    We normally award just one team here, but it's hard to ignore the accomplishments of Duke and Boston College in 2013. We highlighted the Blue Devils under David Cutcliffe's coach of the year selection, and 2013 will be recorded as one of the best seasons in Duke football history. Boston College won only two games last year but finished 7-5 this season behind first-year coach Steve Addazio. The Eagles leaned on a veteran core of players to return to the postseason, including senior running back Andre Williams (2,102 yards) and quarterback Chase Rettig (17 TDs, 6 INTs). Both of these programs have experienced their share of struggles in recent years, but it's clear Duke and Boston College are pointed in the right direction going into 2014.

    Athlon's 2013 All-ACC Team

    First-Team OffenseSecond-Team Offense
    QB Jameis Winston, Florida StateQB Tajh Boyd, Clemson
    RB Duke Johnson, MiamiRB Devonta Freeman, Florida State
    RB Andre Williams, Boston CollegeRB Kevin Parks, Virginia
    WR Rashad Greene, Florida StateWR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
    WR Sammy Watkins, ClemsonWR Allen Hurns, Miami
    TE Eric Ebron, North CarolinaTE Nick O'Leary, Florida State
    C Bryan Stork, Florida StateC Macky MacPherson, Syracuse
    G Tre Jackson, Florida StateG Brandon Linder, Miami
    G Shaq Mason, Georgia TechG Laken Tomlinson, Duke
    T Cameron Erving, FSUT Matt Patchan, Boston College
    T James Hurst, North CarolinaT Brandon Thomas, Clemson
    AP Jamison Crowder, DukeAP Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
    First-Team DefenseSecond-Team Defense
    DE Vic Beasley, ClemsonDE Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
    DE Kareem Martin, North CarolinaDE Kasim Edebali, Boston College
    DT Aaron Donald, PittsburghDT Derrick Hopkins, Virginia Tech
    DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida StateDT Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest
    LB Christian Jones, Florida StateLB Kelby Brown, Duke
    LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston CollegeLB Denzel Perryman, Miami
    LB Telvin Smith, Florida StateLB Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech
    CB Ross Cockrell, DukeCB Bashaud Breeland, Clemson
    CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida StateCB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
    S Jeremy Cash, DukeS Tre Boston, North Carolina
    S Anthony Harris, VirginiaS Terrence Brooks, Florida State
    First-Team SpecialistsSecond-Team Specialists
    K Roberto Aguayo, Florida StateK Nate Freese, Boston College
    P Pat O'Donnell, MiamiP Tommy Hibbard, North Carolina
    KR DeVon Edwards, DukeKR Stacy Coley, Miami
    PR Ryan Switzer, North CarolinaPR Jamison Crowder, Duke
    - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/acc-2013-season-awards-and-all-conference-team#sthash.c6arx7k3.dpuf

    Courtesy of Over the Mountain Touchdown Club:

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Over the Mountain Touchdown Club proudly announces its five finalists for the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award. 

    David Cutcliffe: Duke University

    Art Briles: Baylor University

    Mark Dantonio: Michigan State University

    Jimbo Fisher: Florida State University

    Gus Malzahn: Auburn University

    Voting for the Bowden Award is done by the Club and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and will conclude immediately after the BCS National Championship game. 

    Presentation of the award will take place in Birmingham, Alabama at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center, March 2, 2014.  Bobby Bowden will present the award to this year's winner, along with honoring College Football Hall of Fame member Vince Dooley with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

    The Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award is given to those who have excelled coaching football, while demonstrating perseverance, attitude, integrity, and determination.

    Previous winners of this award include Nick Saban from the University of Alabama (2009, 2011, and 2012) and Gene Chizik from Auburn University (2010).

    The Over the Mountain Touchdown Club is a nonprofit corporation based in Birmingham, Alabama. 

    Jameis Winston on front of this week's SI

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    Jimbo Fisher named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year

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    Courtesy of the American Football Coaches Association:

    WACO, TEX. -- Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Craig Bohl of North Dakota State highlight today's announcement of the American Football Coaches Association's 2013 Regional Coach of the Year winners.

    The AFCA recognizes five regional Coach of the Year winners in each of the Association's five divisions: Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. The winners are selected by Active members of the Association who vote for coaches in their respective regions and divisions.

    The 2013 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2014 AFCA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14.

    In just his fourth year as head coach of Florida State, Fisher has guided the Seminoles to a 13-0 record, a second straight Atlantic Coast Conference title, a No. 1 ranking in the BCS standings and a spot in the BCS National Championship game. Fisher is looking to lead Florida State to its third national championship since 1993. Bohl earned his second Regional Coach of the Year Award by lead- ing North Dakota State to a 12-0 mark and third straight Missouri Valley Football Conference title in 2013. Bohl has the Bison in the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, and has led NDSU to two straight FCS national titles in 2011 and 2012.

    Football Bowl Subdivision

    2013 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Winners

    Region 1: Jimbo Fisher, Florida State University 

    Region 2: Gary Pinkel, University of Missouri 

    Region 3: Jerry Kill, University of Minnesota 

    Region 4: Art Briles, Baylor University

    Region 5: David Shaw, Stanford University

    Football Championship Subdivision

    Region 1: Joe Moorhead, Fordham University & Jack Cosgrove, University of Maine (tie)

    Region 2: Jamey Chadwell, Charleston Southern University 

    Region 3: Dino Babers, Eastern Illinois University*

    Region 4: Craig Bohl, North Dakota State University 

    Region 5: Ron Roberts, Southeastern Louisiana University

    Division II

    Region 1: George Mihalik, Slippery Rock University 

    Region 2: Scott Maxfield, Henderson State University 

    Region 3: Bill Conley, Ohio Dominican University

    Region 4: Josh Lynn, Eastern New Mexico University 

    Region 5: Aaron Keen, Minnesota State University-Mankato*

    Division III

    Region 1: Mike Welch, Ithaca College

    Region 2: Jim Monos, Lebanon Valley College

    Region 3: Pete Fredenburg, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor* 

    Region 4: Tom Arth, John Carroll University

    Region 5: Steve Johnson, Bethel (Minn.) University

    NAIA

    Region 1: Chris Oliver, Lindsey Wilson College 

    Region 2: Mike Woodley, Grand View University 

    Region 3: Larry Wilcox, Benedictine (Kan.) College 

    Region 4: Ross Cimpl, Dakota Wesleyan University 

    Region 5: Mike Van Diest, Carroll (Mont.) College *-2012 winner

    Award History: The AFCA began recognizing district coaches of the year following the 1960 season. The awards were established the same year Eastman Kodak agreed to sponsor the AFCA Coach of the Year award. Prior to 1960, the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain had sponsored the program, which recognized one national Coach of the Year.

    The AFCA first recognized eight district winners in each of two divisions: university and college. In 1972, a ninth district was added in each division.

    In 1983, the award was changed to recognize regional winners instead of district winners, and the number of divisions was increased from two to four, and five regional winners were selected in each division. This resulted in a more equitable selection process and bet- ter represented the make-up of the membership. At the same time, the new system increased the number of honorees from 18 to 20.

    In 2006, the AFCA Division II Award was split into separate Division II and NAIA divisions, giving us the 25 winners we now recognize.

    2013 AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Winners Page 2 of 2 Repeat Winners: Eastern Illinois' Dino Babers, Minnesota State-Mankato's Aaron Keen and Mary Hardin-Baylor's Pete Fredenburg are

    the repeat winners from 2012. Fredenburg added his seventh Regional honor in 2013.

    Multiple Winners: Other multiple winners in the 2013 class are Mike Van Diest (fifth; 2007-08-09-10-13), Jerry Kill (third; 2003-04- 13), George Mihalik (third; 1998-99-2013), Craig Bohl (second; 2011-13), Art Briles (second; 2010-13), Steve Johnson (second; 1996- 13), Chris Oliver (second; 2011-13), Ron Roberts (second; 2011-13), David Shaw (second; 2011-13), Mike Welch (second; 2008-13) and Larry Wilcox (second; 1985-2013).

    First Time Winners: Twelve coaches earned their first AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Award in 2013: Charleston Southern's Jamey Chadwell, Dakota Wesleyan's Ross Cimpl, Eastern New Mexico's Josh Lynn, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, Fordham's Joe Moorhead, Grand View's Mike Woodley, Henderson State's Scott Maxfield, John Carroll's Tom Arth, Lebanon Valley's Jim Monos, Maine's Jack Cosgrove, Missouri's Gary Pinkel and Ohio Dominican's Bill Conley.

    Most Awards: Mount Union's Larry Kehres (1986-90-92-93-96-97-99-2000-01-02-06-07-08-09-10-11-12) has the most district/ regional honors in AFCA history, with 17. Penn State's Joe Paterno (District 2: 1967-68-71-72-73-77-78-82; Region 1: 1985; Region 3: 1994-2005) is second with 11 District/Regional Coach of the Year honors. Following Kehres and Paterno is Bloomsburg's Danny Hale with 10 awards (College Division I, Region 1 1986-87-88-94-95; Division II, Region 1, 2000-01-05-06-08). Hale won his first three awards while at West Chester. Eight coaches have won the award seven times: Tubby Raymond, Delaware; Jim Butterfield, Ithaca; Pete Fredenburg, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Bo Schembechler, Miami (Ohio), Michigan; Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne, Nebraska; Mel Tjeerdsma, Northwest Missouri State and Carmen Cozza, Yale. Five coaches have won Regional honors six times: Vince Dooley, Georgia; Roy Kidd, Eastern Kentucky; John McKay, USC; Jerry Moore, Appalachian State; and Darrell Royal, Texas.

    Most Winners by School: Mount Union-18 (Ken Wable-1, Larry Kehres-17); Nebraska-15 (Bob Devaney-7, Tom Osborne-7, Frank Solich-1); North Dakota State-12 (Darrell Mudra-1, Ron Erhardt-4, Jim Wacker-1, Don Morton-3, Earle Solomonson-1, Craig Bohl-2); Penn State-12 (Rip Engle-1, Joe Paterno-11); Texas-11 (Darrell Royal-6, Fred Akers-2, David McWilliams-1, Mack Brown-2); USC-10 (John McKay-6, John Robinson-2, Pete Carroll-2); Wittenberg-10 (Bill Edwards-3, Dave Maurer-4, Ron Murphy-1, Joe Fincham-2); Alabama-9 (Bear Bryant-4, Bill Curry-1, Gene Stallings-2, Mike Shula-1, Nick Saban-1); Ithaca-9 (Jim Butterfield-7, Mike Welch-2); Michi- gan-9 (Bump Elliott-2, Bo Schembechler-6, Lloyd Carr-1); Arkansas-8 (Frank Broyles-4, Lou Holtz-1, Ken Hatfield-1, Houston Nutt-2); New Hampshire-8 (Clarence Boston-1, Jim Root-1, Bill Bowes-3, Sean McDonnell-3); Ohio State-8 (Woody Hayes-4, Earle Bruce-1, John Cooper-3); Oklahoma-8 (Chuck Fairbanks-3, Barry Switzer-2, Bob Stoops-3); Texas A&M-Kingsville-8 (Gil Steinke-2, Ron Harms-5, Bo Atterberry-1); Yale-8 (Jordan Olivar-1, Carmen Cozza-7).

    Two Consecutive Years, Two Schools: Kevin Sumlin (Houston, 2011 & Texas A&M, 2012) joined five other coaches who have earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors at two schools in consecutive years: Fred Akers (Wyoming, 1976 & Texas 1977), Dick Sheridan (Furman, 1985 & North Carolina State, 1986), Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg State, 1989 & Texas State, 1990), Joe Tiller (Wyoming, 1996 & Purdue, 1997) and Hal Mumme (Valdosta State, 1996 & Kentucky, 1997).

    Most Schools: South Carolina's Lou Holtz is the only coach to earn AFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors at four different schools. Holtz has earned the honor at North Carolina State (1972), Arkansas (1979), Notre Dame (1988) and South Carolina (2000). Brian Kelly (Grand Valley State, Cincinnati, Notre Dame) became the seventh coach to win district or regional honors at three differ- ent schools in 2012. He joins Jerry Claiborne (Virginia Tech, Maryland, Kentucky), Darrell Mudra (North Dakota State, Western Illinois, Northern Iowa), Houston Nutt (Mississippi, Arkansas, Murray State), Mike Price (UTEP, Washington State, Weber State), Jim Sweeney (Montana State, Washington State, Fresno State) and Jim Wacker (North Dakota State, Texas State, TCU) on that list.

    Consecutive Years: Mount Union's Larry Kehres is the only coach to win district/regional honors in seven consecutive years, winning in Division III from 2006-12. Northwest Missouri State's Mel Tjeerdsma and Nebraska's Bob Devaney are the only coaches to win district/ regional honors in five consecutive years. Tjeerdsma earned the honor in Division II from 1996-2000. Devaney earned the honor in the AFCA's old University Division (1962-66). Carroll's Mike Van Diest joins Trinity's (Texas) Steve Mohr, North Dakota State's Ron Erhardt and Kehres as the only men to win the award four years in a row. Van Diest earned the honor in NAIA from 2007-10, while Kehres won his four in a row from 1999-2002 in Division III. Erhardt earned district honors in the AFCA's old College Division (1967-68-69-70) while Mohr earned the honor in Division III (1996-97-98-99). Thirteen coaches have earned district or regional honors three years in a row. Ithaca's Jim Butterfield (1978-79-80 and 1984-85-86) earned the award in three consecutive years on two different occasions.

    AFCA National Coach of the Year: The AFCA will announce its five 2013 National Coach of the Year winners at the 2014 AFCA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. All head coaches who were eligible for regional honors are eligible for national honors as well. 

    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' 45-7 victory over Duke in the ACC Championship Game.

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    Bryan Stork named Rimington Trophy finalist

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    Courtesy of the Rimington Trophy:

    Finalists for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the most outstanding center in college football, are: 

    Reese Dismukes (Auburn) 

    Hroniss Grasu (Oregon) 

    Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma) 

    Tyler Larsen (Utah State) 

    Bryan Stork (Florida State) 

    Travis Swanson (Arkansas) 

    The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be presented live during the ESPNU Red Carpet Show on Thursday, December 12, 2013, immediately preceding the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Both shows will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 

    The winner of the Rimington Trophy is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from three existing All-America teams. 

    While more than a dozen All-America teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee used these three prestigious teams to determine a winner: 

    *Walter Camp Foundation (WCF) 
    *Sporting News (SN) 
    *Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) 

    Because the selectors of these three All-America teams can place centers in a "mix" of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11- man first teams can often have two centers. The Rimington Trophy committee's policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the four All- America teams. 

    The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee. 

    The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 11, 2014. 

    Students can win bowl tickets Tuesday in the Student Union

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    Photo Gallery: 2013 ACC Night of Legends

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    Click here to see photos of Jameis Winston and Cam Erving at the 2013 ACC Night of Legends

    Duke coach complimentary of FSU athletics director

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    Duke head coach David Cutcliffe had some very nice things to say about FSU Athletics Director Stan Wilcox today at his ACC Championship Game press conference. Wilcox, who was hired by FSU President Eric J. Barron earlier this year, was formerly the Blue Devils Senior Deputy Director of Athletics.

    Here is a transcript of Cutcilffe's Wilcox-related comments:

    Opening statement - "Good afternoon. I first have to say our good friend Stan Wilcox, I think magic follows him wherever he goes apparently as the Director of Athletics at Florida State. Stan, it's great to see you. He's been very close to our program the previous five years, and we're very proud of contributions that Stan has made to Duke football, and I know that the Florida State family is very fortunate to have him there. 

    Also very honored to play a Florida State team that truly is the No. 1 team in the country. I've had the good fortune through the years to play some No. 1 teams in this profession, some of them looked like No. 1 teams, some of them don't. Florida State certainly is. So a huge challenge."

    Q: Getting back to Stan, he said he got to see the second half of your game against NC State. Did you guys make an appointment for tomorrow? And what's the irony of a guy that helped you build this now is now trying to tear it down? -

    "You know, we did talk about that there's some destiny involved in this back when. I knew they were holding up their end of it. That was easy. I wasn't so sure that we would be able to. You know, there's a lot of irony in there, but when you work with special people, and Stan is special, you're not going to break the bond of the friendship we've formed. And I would say that even as the Director of Athletics at Florida State, Stan has to feel some form of a sense of pride with these young men at Duke that he has relationships with and he's happy for them. We all know who he's for in the ballgame, including me, I'm not kidding myself. But I think it's a special circumstance, and that's why I opened with that, because our players are very, very fond of Stan Wilcox."

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    Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's top #FSUvsUF radio calls

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    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' 37-7 victory in The Swamp:

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    Courtesy of the Orange Bowl Committee:

    Miami Lakes, Fla. (www.orangebowl.org) - The Orange Bowl will induct Peter Boulware, Terry Kinard and Mike Tranghese into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame presented by Deloitte. The induction will take place at the AvMed Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon presented by Deloitte at Jungle Island in Miami on January 2, 2014. Boulware is the seventh player from Florida State to be inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame. Kinard will be the fourth Tiger to receive the honor, including his former head coach Danny Ford. Tranghese is the third commissioner to make into the Hall.

    Peter Boulware is arguably the greatest pass-rusher to ever play in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He cemented himself with that recognition in the 1996 season when he led the nation and set an FSU single season record with 19 quarterback sacks. The ACC rewarded him with the Defensive Player of the Year Award. That same year, Boulware and the Seminoles staged a fourth quarter comeback against Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl. An outstanding student, he graduated early from Florida State and chose to enter the NFL draft. He finished his three - year college career with 34 sacks, which was only 1.5 sacks short of FSU's school record. The Baltimore Ravens selected him fourth overall in the 1997 NFL Draft. The young linebacker did not disappoint as he collected an impressive 11.5 sacks and was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He played his entire nine-year professional career with the Ravens. He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times and led the team in sacks in three seasons. He ranks among the top in career sacks with the Baltimore (70). In 2000, he along with the Ravens' tenacious defense won their first Super Bowl. 

    Terry Kinard is one of the most decorated players in Clemson football history. The star safety led the Tigers' defense that helped capture the school's first and only national championship in the 1982 Orange Bowl.  He was the first Clemson player to be a unanimous All-America pick, first two-time Clemson All-American defensive back and a first-team AP All-American two years in a row. He was also named the CBS National Defensive Player of the Year for the 1982 season. Kinard was the all-time Clemson leader in interceptions with 17, a mark that tied the 20-year-old ACC record. He also holds Clemson's record for tackles by a defensive back with 294 in his career. Kinard was drafted by the New York Giants tenth overall in 1983. He was instrumental in helping the Giants win their first Super Bowl in 1986. He played with the team from 1983-89 and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1988. He then completed his NFL career with the Houston Oilers in 1990, finishing with 31 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. Kinard was inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in December 2001.

    Mike Tranghese has worked as an administrator in collegiate athletics for more than 40 years. Tranghese was the first full-time employee in the Big East Conference and was named the league's second commissioner - a post he served from 1990 until 2009, making him the longest tenured commissioner Big East history. During his reign as commissioner, he led the launch of Big East football which included the addition of football powerhouses Miami, Virginia Tech and Syracuse. He also recruited Notre Dame as a member of the conference for basketball and other sports. Tranghese was one of the founding commissioners of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) which started in 1998 - 99. Beginning with that year, under his leadership, the Big East Champion or the ACC Champion became the host team of the Orange Bowl.  For two years Tranghese was a lead administrator for the BCS. He also lent his talents to another sport when served on the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee from 1996-2001. In October of 2013, Tranghese was selected as one of the thirteen inaugural members of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. 

    The 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, which will be played on January 3, at Sun Life Stadium in South Florida, is part of the Bowl Championship Series and pits the ACC Champion (or another high-ranking team in the event that the ACC Champion is selected to play in the BCS National Championship) against a BCS at-large team. The Orange Bowl is currently accepting online applications for media credentials for the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. Accredited media can access the application by logging on to www.orangebowl.org/pressbox. For additional information about the Orange Bowl Committee or 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, photos or logos, please visit www.orangebowl.org or e-mail media@orangebowl.org. 

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    About the Orange Bowl

    The Orange Bowl is a 351-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. The Orange Bowl features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the Discover Orange Bowl on January 3, 2014. 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 International Youth Regatta, Orange Bowl Swim Classic and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships. For more information on the 2013-14 Orange Bowl events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, log on to www.orangebowl.org.

    Winston, Benjamin earn weekly ACC honors

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    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Three quarterbacks - Duke's Anthony Boone, Florida State's Jameis Winston and Maryland's C.J. Brown - were selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Backs of the Week in the final 2013 ACC Football Players of the Week announced on Monday. 

    The trio of quarterback evenly split the votes among the ACC's media panel after leading their teams to road wins in last Saturday's regular-season finales.  Boone threw for 274 yards and a pair of scores as Duke clinched the Coastal Division title with a win at North Carolina. Winston keyed Florida State's victory at rival Florida by throwing for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Brown passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more while accumulating 138 rushing yards in Maryland's win at NC State.

    Winston also shared ACC Rookie of the Week honors with Miami wide receiver Stacy Coley. Other ACC honorees include Virginia Tech's Andrew Miller as Offensive Lineman of the Week, Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin as Receiver of the Week, Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu as Defensive Lineman of the Week, Maryland's Matt Robinson as Linebacker of the Week, Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller as Defensive Back of the Week, and Miami's Pat O'Donnell as Specialist of the Week. 

    CO-OFFENSIVE BACK - Anthony Boone, Duke, Jr.-R, QB, 6-0, 230, Weddington, N.C.

    Boone completed 23-of-34 passes (.677) for 274 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the 20th-ranked Blue Devils' 27-25 Coastal Division-clinching win over North Carolina. Boone engineered Duke's game-winning drive in the fourth quarter - an 11-play, 66-yard march that resulted in Ross Martin's 27-yard field goal with 2:22 left. On the afternoon, Boone directed a Duke offense that committed no turnovers and allowed no sacks while rolling up 27 first downs and 461 total yards (187 rushing and 274 passing). Duke entered the week converting an ACC-low 25.3 percent on third down, but Boone led the Blue Devils to an 8-of-15 conversion rate (.533) versus UNC.

    CO-OFFENSIVE BACK/CO-ROOKIE - Jameis Winston, Florida State, Fr.-R, QB, 6-4, 225, Bessemer, Ala.

    Winston threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns in leading Florida State to a 37-7 win at Florida on Saturday. Winston became the first opposing quarterback to pass for 300 yards in over three years - a 42-game stretch - against the Gators. Florida entered the game ranked third in the nation in passing defense, allowing 157.7 yards per game, and had given up a nation-low five passing touchdowns all season. By halftime, Winston had already totaled 208 yards passing - his eighth 200-yard first half of the season - and two scores. On the day, Winston set a new FSU single-season record for passing touchdowns (35), breaking the old mark of 33 set in 2000 by Chris Weinke, and recorded his sixth 300-yard passing game of the season as FSU's 30-point victory was the largest by the Seminoles ever versus Florida in Gainesville.

    CO-OFFENSIVE BACK - C.J. Brown, Maryland, Jr.-R, QB, 6-3, 210, Cranberry Twp., Pa.

    Brown accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing and two passing) for the second time this season in a 41-21 win over NC State. Brown rushed for a season-high 138 yards, which is the third-best rushing performance by a quarterback in school history, and averaged 9.2 yards per carry. His three touchdowns on the ground are the most by a Terrapin in a single game since 2010. He also passed for 259 yards, including a 53-yard scoring strike for Maryland's first touchdown. It marked the third time this season Brown has passed for over 250 yards and rushed for over 100 yards.

    OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Andrew Miller, Virginia Tech, Sr.-R, LB, 6-4, 293, Bassett, Va.

    Playing in his final game against Virginia Tech's in-state rival, Miller had perhaps the finest game of his career in Saturday's 16-6 win at Virginia.  Miller played all 75 offensive snaps, grading out at 92 percent with a career-high 20 knockdown blocks as the Tech offensive line paved the way for nearly 150 yards on the ground by the running backs. He finished the regular season with an 86 percent grade and a team-high 115 knockdowns, 56 more than his closest teammate.

    RECEIVER - Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State,-So. -R., WR, 6-5, 238, Belle Glade, Fla.

    Benjamin became the first Seminole in 10 years to tally 200 yards receiving in a game and single handedly outgained the Gators' entire offense in Saturday's 37-7 win at Florida. Benjamin's 212 receiving yards are the most in a game in the ACC in 2013, and the three touchdown receptions tied the ACC high for the season. Benjamin's first touchdown put FSU ahead 10-0 in the second quarter when he broke three tackles en route to a 45-yard score. The Gators entered the game with the nation's No. 3 pass defense, allowing just 157.7 per game, and had given up only five passing touchdowns all season, but were unable to slow down Benjamin, who had 108 yards and two scores before halftime. 

    DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, Sr. DE, 6-3, 242, Washington, D.C..

    Attaochu recorded a career-high 4.0 sacks - the third-most single-game sacks in Georgia Tech history - in a double-overtime loss to Georgia on Saturday. Attaochu, who also had eight tackles and a pass break-up, tied the Yellow Jacket all-time career sack record of 31.0, which ranks fifth in ACC history.

    LINEBACKER - Matt Robinson, Maryland, Jr, LB, 6-4, 230, Columbia, Md.

    Robinson finished with a career-high 17 tackles, the second-highest total for a Terp this season, including a personal-best 3.5 tackles for loss in Saturday's 41-21 road win at NC State. He also registered a half-sack and one pass break-up.

    DEFENSIVE BACK -Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, Fr., CB, 5-11, 180, Baltimore, Md.

    Fuller was a lockdown corner all day for the Hokies in shutting down the Virginia offense in Virginia Tech's 16-6 win. He had a career-high eight tackles and four pass break-ups to go along with a half-sack and his team-leading and Tech freshman record sixth interception of the year.

    SPECIALIST- Pat O'Donnell, Miami, Gr., 6-5, 220, P, Lake Worth, Fla.

    O'Donnell booted four punts for a 44.2-yard average, including three kicks inside Pitt's 20-yard line, in Miami's 41-31 road win at Pitt. However, O'Donnell's biggest play occurred on the opening kickoff ,when the graduate punter forced a Pitt fumble which was recovered by Miami's Garrett Kidd. O'Donnell's first career forced fumble resulted in the first of three Stacy Coley touchdowns in the Miami win.

     CO-ROOKIE - Stacy Coley, Miami, Fr., WR, 6-1, 180, Pompano Beach, Fla.

    Coley accumulated 171 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in Miami's 41-31 road win at Pitt. Coley hauled in two receiving touchdowns and later posted a rushing score  to his total. Coley now has touchdowns in three straight games. He finished with three catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers, while rushing for a 73-yard TD in the second quarter. With his 73-yard touchdown run, Coley became the only FBS player in 2013 to record a touchdown via receiving, rushing, punt return and kickoff return. He is the third Miami freshman in the past 20 years to record 10-plus touchdowns in his rookie campaign, joining Clinton Portis (1999) and Duke Johnson (2012).

     

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