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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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