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Twitter has revolutionized the way fans interact with major sports and it turns out only the mighty NFL was more popular on social media in the past year than Florida State's third national championship this past January.
According to Nielsen, the 2014 BCS National Championship game featuring FSU and Auburn generated a reported 4,392,000 tweets and boasted an audience of 10,404,000.
In that same time span, only the NFL's Super Bowl and AFC and NFC Championship games established a larger Twitter audience but 'Noles versus Tigers still had more tweets than those two conference title games.
Why is all this important beyond the fact that so many people interacted socially during an event that featured the Seminoles? Because it shows the power of Twitter and why the FSU athletics department takes this medium so seriously when it comes to highlighting the Seminoles.
All news, notes, pictures and videos about the FSU football team is shared from the program's official account at @FSU_Football to nearly 100,000 followers. So be sure to follow today and utilize the hashtag #Noles to interact with the reigning kings of college football.
In other media news...
Friday's announcement that Red Hills broadcasting is the new home for Florida State football, baseball and basketball games is a big deal for 'Noles fans that listen to games on the radio.
No more scratchy AM-dial connections while the Seminoles are competing. Now fans can always find the games in clear quality on the FM dial.
To learn more, check out the press release here
Florida State leads the nation with five first-team selections and 11 overall selections on Phil Steele's 2014 pre-season All-America team released Friday.
FSU's four first-team nods include star tight end Nick Oleary and offensive linemen Cameron Erving and Tre' Jackson. Kicker Roberto Aguayo and return man Kermit Whitfield round out the squad on the special teams unit.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston is on the second team at quarterback and is joined by his favorite target, wide receiver Rashad Greene. Cornerback P.J. Williams is also a second-team selection.
Running back Karlos Williams, guard Josue Matias and Mario Edwards, Jr. are each on the fourth team.
Courtesy of Panthers.com:
The entire 2014 Panthers draft class is now under contract after first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin and third-round pick Trai Turner signed Wednesday.
The Panthers selected Benjamin with the 28th overall pick after the 6-foot-5, 241-pound wide receiver produced a breakout season in 2013. Benjamin recorded 54 receptions for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns to help Florida State capture the national title.
"He has a lot of upside, and he gives us a legitimate chance to have a number one receiver," general manager Dave Gettleman said. "He is a terrific kid. He has come a long way, and we are real excited to have him."
The Panthers upgraded their offensive line with the selection of Turner, a physically imposing guard from Louisiana State.
"He gives us the power that we're looking for," Gettleman said. "He can displace defensive linemen. He's a tough, nasty kid. He plays that way."