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Jimbo Fisher exchanges words with fan after latest Seminoles loss

Jimbo Fisher exchanges words with fan after latest Seminoles loss

Blanton Creque’s first game-winning field goal at any level of football came at the opportune time for Louisville. The sophomore’s 34-yard field goal with five seconds remaining lifted the Cardinals to an emotional 31-28 win over Florida State on Saturday. After the Seminoles suffered their third consecutive home loss to fall to 2-4 (2-3 ACC) on the season, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher got into...
WATCH: Florida State’s Matthew Thomas scores program’s first defensive touchdown since 2015

WATCH: Florida State’s Matthew Thomas scores program’s first defensive touchdown since 2015

It’s not very often that Florida State gets a touchdown on defense. In fact, it’s been two years since it happened. That changed in the second quarter of the Seminoles’ game against Louisville in Tallahassee. As a Florida State defender wrestled his man to the ground, the ball came loose on the turf. It was scooped up by senior linebacker Matthew Thomas, who had 34 ...
Injury bug forces changes to Florida State’s starting lineup

Injury bug forces changes to Florida State’s starting lineup

The injury bug has hit hard Florida State, and forces changes to their starting lineup for Saturday’s games against Duke. Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher announced on Thursday that starting left guard Landon Dickerson is out for the year with a right ankle injury. Also out for this week’s game is offensive lineman Ethan Frith (hand), defensive tackle Darvin Taylor...
Florida State falls 17 spots in CBS Sports’ college football rankings

Florida State falls 17 spots in CBS Sports’ college football rankings

The Florida State Seminoles saw its ranking continue to drop in CBS Sports’ weekly power rankings after a loss to Miami. According to the site’s updated rankings from Monday, Florida State dropped a whopping 17 spots from No. 34 to No. 51 after losing to the Hurricanes 24-20 on Saturday. That seems a little low, doesn’t it? It’s not as if the Seminoles got blown out of Doak...
Kicker Ricky Aguayo building his own legacy at Florida State

Kicker Ricky Aguayo building his own legacy at Florida State

After a slow start to his season, sophomore kicker Ricky Aguayo is slowly building his own legacy at Florida State by putting the football through the uprights on a consistent basis. Since missing his first 2 field goal attempts of the season, Aguayo has converted 10 consecutive field goals, including two made attempts in Saturday’s thrilling game against Miami. &ldquo...
Ricky Aguayo Mr. Automatic for Florida State

Ricky Aguayo Mr. Automatic for Florida State

Florida State-Miami has been impacted by field goals for the past 26 years, dating to the original Wide Right in 1991. But FSU kickers have been consistent the past few years. That was the case again Saturday as Ricky Aguayo made two field-goal attempts (27 yards and 38 yards) in FSU’s 24-20 loss to No. 12 Miami. Aguayo’s second field goal, with 6:55 to go, briefly put FSU ahead 13-10...
James Blackman shows surprising poise for Florida State

James Blackman shows surprising poise for Florida State

James Blackman’s first three quarters couldn’t have gone worse, as the Florida State offense struggled to move the ball and he tossed two interceptions. But the true freshman from Glades Central bounced back with a fantastic fourth quarter, completing 9 of 10 passes for 142 yards and tossing touchdown strikes to Ryan Izzo and Auden Tate. The Seminoles briefly took the lead after Blackman&rsquo...
Florida State aren’t happy losing to Miami in a thriller

Florida State aren’t happy losing to Miami in a thriller

What a way to end a losing streak! Trailing by 3 points with 6 seconds remaining in the game, Miami scored a dramatic touchdown on Malik Rosier’s pass to Darrell Langham that ended the Canes 7-game losing streak to rival Florida State on Saturday. And the fan reaction in Tallahassee isn’t good.   The post Florida State aren’t happy losing to Miami...

Miami coach Mark Richt has fond memories working under Bobby Bowden

The passion of the intrastate rivalry between Miami and Florida State is unmatched in college football. The week prior to the game is important for the players, coaches and fans involved, and Hurricanes coach Mark Richt has been an active participant from both sides of the rivalry. Richt was quarterback at Miami for five...

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher understands great preparation will be needed to defeat Miami

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was pleased with how his team overcame adversity and battled back on the road to gain their first victory of the season over Wake Forest, but now, the challenge becomes more difficult this week in a home game against intrastate rival, Miami. Fisher understands that the Seminoles must have a great week of preparation in order...

Jimbo Fisher feels FSU back Cam Akers needs patience running the football

Florida State Jimbo Fisher offered the same advice to Cam Akers that he gave to Seminoles all-time leading rusher Dalvin Cook, “every run is not a touchdown.” Who could argue with Akers’ impatience, as he come to expect long runs from scrimmage during his high school playing years. Akers rushed for over 5,000 yards at Clinton High School in Mississippi, but...

It’s Miami week: Florida State Jimbo Fisher is excited to be part of the rivalry

Brace yourself college football fans, it’s the game that could salvage Florida State’s season, and more importantly, put them back into the chase for a berth in the ACC Championship game. It’s Miami week. The circumstances attached to the outcome of this week’s meeting could make it the biggest game of the season and possibly in the series between these...
James Blackman helps Seminoles escape with victory

James Blackman helps Seminoles escape with victory

James Blackman shook off a struggle-filled day to connect with Auden Tate on a 40-yard touchdown throw with 53 seconds left, helping Florida State rally past Wake Forest 26-19 on Saturday for its first win of the season. Blackman — the true freshman and former Glades Central star pressed into a starting role when Deondre Francois was injured in the Seminoles’ season opener — had...

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher feels his offensive line isn’t a weakness

After listening to Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher commenting on the play of his offensive line, you come away thinking they’re not the Seminoles weakest unit on the roster. “Offensive line didn’t do a bad job,” Fisher said to Noles 247 Sports writer Brendan Sonnone,  “We had a missed assignment on a chip, on two chips that weren’t...

Florida State considering rescheduling canceled game with Louisiana-Monroe

The Florida State athletic department confirmed it’s considering rescheduling their canceled game with Louisiana-Monroe. Both schools have discussed playing the game on the first weekend in December, which coincidently is the same weekend as the ACC Championship game. “We have been in contact with ULM, and we continue to explore options...

Former Florida State star Lawrence Timmons regrets leaving the Steelers via free agency

The bizarre story of former Florida Star linebacker Lawrence Timmons desertion of the Miami Dolphins takes another turn on Sunday. A CBS Sports report via the Palm Beach Post stated that Timmons was in Pittsburgh the week prior to him leaving the Dolphins before their season opener in Los Angeles. Timmons was in Pittsburgh after the Dolphin players left Miami ahead of Hurricane...
James Blackman doesn’t play like a freshman during Florida State loss

James Blackman doesn’t play like a freshman during Florida State loss

James Blackman didn’t look or perform like a true freshman. He had pre-game jitters, of course, but the Florida State quarterback played with composure and was able to piece together drives in the 12th-ranked Seminoles’ 27-21 loss to North Carolina State Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium. FSU may be 0-2 for the first time since 1989 and, while there is frustration and disappointment, there...

What Jimbo Fisher said after Florida State’s loss to North Carolina State

North Carolina State junior running back Nyheim Hines converted a crucial 3-and-10 by breaking loose on the right side with a 15-yard run, and more importantly moved the chains to seal an upset 27-21 victory over No. 12 Florida State. The Wolfpack jumped out to a quick 10-0, and the Seminoles could never close the gap closer than four points (17-13 after 36-yard field goal...

Florida State basketball recruiting: Five-star center Balsa Koprivica to take unofficial visit

The Florida State Seminoles will host five-star Windermere (Fla.) Prep center Balsa Koprivica on an unofficial visit on Saturday, according to a report from Rivals.com recruiting analyst Corey Evans. Koprivica is considered the #9 player in the class of 2019 according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. The 7′, 240-pounder currently has nineteen offers...

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher believes the tight ends could dictate the offense

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher feels consistent tight end play could provide a comfort level for true freshman quarterback James Blackman, who will be making his first start against N.C. State on Saturday. Fisher understands that his young quarterback will need help from every player around him, especially from a deep unit like the tight end position, which is led by two...

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher praises his freshman class

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher praised the play of his freshman class during a segment on his weekly radio show. Fisher likes to devote one segment each week to underclassmen that have stood out in practice and in games. He began this week by singling out the play of FSU’s true freshmen, and it began with wide receiver D.J. Matthews, who had been limited all preseason...
Blackman wants chance to compete and now has extra week to prepare

Blackman wants chance to compete and now has extra week to prepare

There’s just no relenting on the mystery that surrounds James Blackman’s ability to lead Florida State as Jimbo Fisher’s emergency quarterback. The true freshman from Glades Central High School is scheduled to start the Seminoles’ next game, whenever that may be. Ex-Glades Central teammates support Blackmon Get the latest on Hurricane Irma FSU’s game with Louisiana-Monroe...
Fisher, Seminoles know there is a lot of season left to play

Fisher, Seminoles know there is a lot of season left to play

Florida State hasn’t been 0-1 since Bobby Bowden’s final season. It comes as a jolt, and with the reported season-ending injury to starting quarterback Deondre Francois there will be aftershocks for the rest of the year. So how could Jimbo Fisher be so buoyant late Saturday night about what comes next, saying “I still think we’ve got a great football team” and even offering...
Deondre Francois injury is FSU’s big loss, not score against Alabama

Deondre Francois injury is FSU’s big loss, not score against Alabama

The third quarter of Saturday’s ballyhooed Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, with 11 Alabama points off a blocked punt and a fumble recovery, seemed about as bad as bad could be for Florida State. Then came the fourth, a far truer definition of disaster because that’s when quarterback Deondre Francois got crushed under a sack and outfitted at least temporarily with crutches and directed to a cart...
Dave George: Jimbo Fisher leads Noles into epic opener vs. Alabama

Dave George: Jimbo Fisher leads Noles into epic opener vs. Alabama

Jimbo Fisher doesn’t have anything to prove tonight. He has a national championship at Florida State already and a healthier career winning percentage there than Bobby Bowden, a figure so adored that his image is portrayed in stained glass at Doak Campbell Stadium. For that reason and many more, this potentially epic season opener with Alabama does not serve as some sort of legacy game. Jimbo...
With more time, Anquan Boldin will make larger impact locally

With more time, Anquan Boldin will make larger impact locally

Out in the Glades, there was initial sadness upon hearing that Anquan Boldin is retiring. Of course there was. He was the product of Pahokee who went so far, yet never forgot where he came from. Sunday afternoons won’t feel the same. But right behind that disappointment comes a different emotion, one whose foundation is built on the success Boldin built away from the football field — a...
Seminoles enduring ‘dog days of summer’

Seminoles enduring ‘dog days of summer’

After only a few steps, he began breathing heavily and only kept walking so he could find some shade. The Tallahassee heat was so brutal Thursday it made even Jimbo Fisher’s dog, Romeo, uncomfortable for the five minutes he observed Florida State’s practice. The appearance of Fisher’s two-year-old German Shepherd unofficially marked what’s become the “dog days of summer...
Former JUCO players glad Florida Atlantic becoming Second Chance U

Former JUCO players glad Florida Atlantic becoming Second Chance U

After Lane Kiffin reached heavily into the junior college ranks for his first signing class at Florida Atlantic, some joked the Owls should take a hint from the Netflix miniseries and call themselves “Last Chance U.” With the program adding several Division I players who had either fallen out of favor or been dismissed from their programs, such as ex-Pittsburgh Panthers defensive tackle...
Francois ready to take next step in leading Seminoles offense

Francois ready to take next step in leading Seminoles offense

Deondre Francois showed promise in his first season as Florida State’s starting quarterback. He also displayed traits that are concerning but could be fine-tuned in time. As Francois begins his second season running the Seminoles offense, these are the big questions in Francois’ development: Can he take the next step, learning from his experience, improving his accuracy and making quicker...
Florida State QB Deondre Francois admits weaknesses, vows to fix them

Florida State QB Deondre Francois admits weaknesses, vows to fix them

Deondre Francois showed promise in his first season as a starter. He also displayed traits that are concerning but could be fine-tuned in time. Francois is just beginning his second season as Florida State’s starting quarterback. The big questions in Francois’ development: Can he take the next step, learning from his experience, improving his accuracy and making quicker decisions while...
Seminoles open camp with plenty of questions on offense

Seminoles open camp with plenty of questions on offense

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher needs to find answers about his own team before he can begin focusing on the season opener in Atlanta against Alabama in four weeks. The biggest challenge facing the Seminoles is finding a replacement for All-American running back Dalvin Cook, who was drafted by the Vikings in the second round. Fisher said on Tuesday that Jacques Patrick is opening camp as the starter...
NEW: Man charged in death of FSU star’s dad plays at Poker World Series

NEW: Man charged in death of FSU star’s dad plays at Poker World Series

Paul Senat, out on bond after firing an AK 47-style rifle through a wall at Sugar Daddy’s Adult Cabaret in April, killing Darryl Rudolph, took home more than $90,000 at the World Series of Poker Tournament on Sunday in Las Vegas. The 37-year-old Lantana man was released April 26 from the Palm Beach County Jail on a $35,000 surety bond, the day after he was arrested on a manslaughter charge,...
Jimbo Fisher: ACC, not SEC, college football’s premier conference

Jimbo Fisher: ACC, not SEC, college football’s premier conference

Just five years ago, the Atlantic Coast Conference was perceived as the fourth- or fifth-best among the Power 5 leagues. Two national titles, two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks and an influx of top-notch coaches throughout the league have allowed the ACC to now argue that the league is right up there with the SEC — and perhaps ahead of that conference. *Jimbo: From coal miner’s son...
Dave George: How to spend football season on road … and in doghouse

Dave George: How to spend football season on road … and in doghouse

With unlimited funds and unlimited time, wouldn’t it be fun to attend as many games involving Florida’s college football teams as possible this fall? Something to think about on a lazy summer day, with a preferred list of 2017 games to follow. Don’t think about it too long, however. My guess is that merely committing to watch each and every one of these games on the man cave&rsquo...
Taylor Walls, FSU look to scale College World Series heights

Taylor Walls, FSU look to scale College World Series heights

Taylor Walls had just wrapped up one of his best days of the season. Florida State’s shortstop had an unblemished box score: 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs, four RBI and five runs scored. And it was part of a game that lifted the Seminoles to a Super Regional-clinching 19-0 victory over Sam Houston State. Satisfied? Far from it. “I’m not satisfied with what I did tonight, what...
Gators not blocking Noles’ path to CWS this season

Gators not blocking Noles’ path to CWS this season

Florida State and Florida are each two wins away from the College World Series. And this year, they aren’t facing off against each other. The Gators have defeated the Seminoles in the last two Super Regionals. But this year, the NCAA Selection Committee didn’t have the two teams in the same bracket. And they have battled through the regionals but found success due to the strength of their...
Miami baseball misses postseason for first time in 45 years; Florida State to host regional

Miami baseball misses postseason for first time in 45 years; Florida State to host regional

Florida State's streak of regional appearances is now the nation's longest, coming at the expense of the University of Miami.  The Hurricanes (31-27) are staying home after 44 straight trips to the NCAA postseason. Miami won its pool at the ACC tournament, but the late push was not enough, and the NCAA Selection Committee said the Hurricanes were the first team out as resumes were debated. ...
Miami’s Mark Richt cautiously optimistic about signing day change

Miami’s Mark Richt cautiously optimistic about signing day change

The apparent goal of an early signing period, in the best intentions of college football’s administrators, was to make it easier on recruits. Those with a firm college decision would lock up a spot early, and go back to enjoying the last moments of their time as high school students. For some, it appears the pressure may have shifted. Speaking at the ACC’s spring meetings in Amelia Island...
Florida State, Miami facing some major issues coming out of spring practice

Florida State, Miami facing some major issues coming out of spring practice

Florida State redshirt sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois was sacked 34 times last season. The fact it’s unclear how — or if — the Seminoles will get that number down is their greatest concern coming out of spring, according to ESPN. “The Seminoles are in good shape at quarterback with Deondre Francois, but can they protect him?” David M. Hale asked. “He...
Sunshine State teams impress during spring college football practices

Sunshine State teams impress during spring college football practices

Dalvin Cook might have fallen to the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but he consistently provided Florida State with first-round production over his three seasons in Tallahassee. Now that he’s off to the Minnesota Vikings, will the Seminoles’ ground game collapse in his absence? As Lee Corso would say, not so fast my friend. At least, that’s how the folks over at ESPN see...
Big things happen for state players in second round

Big things happen for state players in second round

The NFL Draft is a time for players to wear custom-cut suits, sparkling shoes and more gold than Scrooge McDuck had in his vault. Quincy Wilson made a fashion statement of a different kind. At his draft party in Fort Lauderdale, the former Florida cornerback donned a ringer t-shirt with a character familiar to iPhone users — the poop emoji — over the word “happens.” [Expletive]...
UPDATE: Dad of FSU star killed by AK-47-style rifle

UPDATE: Dad of FSU star killed by AK-47-style rifle

Authorities said Paul Senat was “grossly careless” when he picked up an AK 47-style rifle late Friday and a shot fired, killing a handyman in the next room at Sugar Daddy’s Adult Cabaret, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report. The part-owner of the suburban West Palm Beach strip club told sheriff’s officials he keeps the gun in the club for protection...
NEW: Club employee charged in death of FSU star Travis Rudolph’s father

NEW: Club employee charged in death of FSU star Travis Rudolph’s father

A business partner in a suburban West Palm Beach strip club where a handyman was fatally shot Friday night has been charged with manslaughter. Palm Beach County sheriff’s detectives Tuesday afternoon charged Paul Senat, 36, of Lantana in the death of Darryl Rudolph. He was booked into the county jail on Tuesday afternoon and might appear before a judge on the charges Wednesday. The arrest came...
Ex-Olympic Heights star Wally Aime learning to have impact for FSU

Ex-Olympic Heights star Wally Aime learning to have impact for FSU

The transition from junior college to Division I can be daunting. Florida State defensive tackle Wally Aime found that it was a different world — from just utilizing talent and pursuing the quarterback to refining pass-rush moves and observing an offensive lineman’s footwork. “It’s been a lot of learning,” said Aime, a former Olympic Heights standout. “It was kind...
FAU quarterback says trip through darkness had a rewarding payoff

FAU quarterback says trip through darkness had a rewarding payoff

Imagining De’Andre Johnson, who was named Florida Mr. Football after his senior season in 2014, taking snaps in Boca Raton would have been impossible at this time two years ago. With Jameis Winston headed to the NFL, Johnson was projected as the former Heisman Trophy winner’s replacement with the Florida State Seminoles; it was hard to go wrong with a deadly dual-threat quarterback, one...
FSU WR Travis Rudolph receiving good feedback in lead-up to NFL Draft

FSU WR Travis Rudolph receiving good feedback in lead-up to NFL Draft

Travis Rudolph left Florida State a year early but hasn’t looked back. And he hasn’t had much down time the past few months either. The former Cardinal Newman star has had an eventful March, from his trip to Indianapolis for the NFL combine three weeks ago to Tuesday’s Pro Day workout at FSU. Rudolph ran the 40-yard dash, performed agility drills and did the bench press before catching...
Third-seeded Seminoles fall flat against Xavier

Third-seeded Seminoles fall flat against Xavier

The Xavier Musketeers didn’t have the regular season they hoped to have. They are making up for it now. The 11th-seeded Musketeers dominated third-seeded Florida State 91-66 during Saturday’s second round of the NCAA Tournament. Their second upset in the West Region put them back into the regional semifinal round for the second time in two years and eighth time in program history. &ldquo...
Dave George: Noles, Gators face tougher opponents in NCAA second round

Dave George: Noles, Gators face tougher opponents in NCAA second round

The first-round jitters are out of the way for Florida State and Florida in the NCAA Tournament. If they are both worthy of their high seeds, the flaws of Thursday’s opening-round wins will be burned out of their systems and a new toughness will be burned in. The Seminoles, No. 3 in the West region, face Xavier in Saturday night’s second round at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando. If...
Hurricanes hope to live up to ACC standards in NCAA Tourney

Hurricanes hope to live up to ACC standards in NCAA Tourney

Miami is happy to be in the NCAA Tournament any year, especially this one. “This was a special year for me and the staff and the players,” coach Jim Larranaga told reporters Tuesday morning, before the eighth-seeded Hurricanes flew to Tulsa, Okla., for Friday’s first-round game against ninth-seeded Michigan State. “(We went) into the season with six very inexperienced players...
Florida State has best chance among state schools to make Sweet 16

Florida State has best chance among state schools to make Sweet 16

Florida State has the best chance of our state’s four tourney teams to make the Sweet 16 round, which is befitting a No. 3 seed. Miami gets a raw draw with NCAA tournament blue bloods Michigan State and Kansas as immediate roadblocks on the opening weekend. Florida can breathe a sigh of relief because Vanderbilt, the one team the Gators can’t handle, is being sent way out west to Salt...
No. 16 Florida State holds on to advance

No. 16 Florida State holds on to advance

Dwayne Bacon scored all but two of his 17 points in the second half and No. 16 Florida State finally held off Virginia Tech 74-68 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. The second-seeded Seminoles (25-7) reached the semifinals for the first time since their 2012 championship and will play tonight against No. 21 Virginia or No. 22 Notre Dame. Bacon was...
Seminoles wrap up No. 2 seed in ACC Tourney with win over Hurricanes

Seminoles wrap up No. 2 seed in ACC Tourney with win over Hurricanes

Florida State won close games and routs. There were plenty of road struggles in the 2016-17 season, but the Seminoles polished off an undefeated home season. Sophomore wing Dwayne Bacon scored 23 points and senior forward Jarquez Smith added 11 points and five rebounds as FSU wrapped up an 18-0 record at the Donald L. Tucker Center with a 66-57 victory over Miami on Saturday afternoon. Senior guard...
Positional battles aplenty as Florida State opens spring practice

Positional battles aplenty as Florida State opens spring practice

When Florida State opens spring practice on Monday, coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff will be evaluating a large group of talented young players to see who can develop into starters at critical positions — running back, left tackle, defensive end and cornerback. FSU has lost two big pieces on offense as a pair of juniors, tailback Dalvin Cook and left tackle Roderick Johnson, entered the NFL...
Seminoles pull away from Hurricanes in second half

Seminoles pull away from Hurricanes in second half

The Atlantic Coast Conference is a beast this year. Like usual, but more so. Higher-ranked teams have lost on the road with greater regularity. Unfortunately for the Miami Hurricanes, they didn’t play their part in that narrative Wednesday night. Miami (14-7, 4-5 ACC) lost to No. 15 Florida State 75-57, with the visitors holding a rolling rally in the Watsco Center and the home team looking...
Wilson signing caps top-10 class for FSU

Wilson signing caps top-10 class for FSU

Florida State went into national signing day with a talented group of early enrollees already on campus. The Seminoles were looking to land a few uncommitted prospects who would secure a top-5 signing class. FSU landed the biggest uncommitted player — five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson of Bellaire, Texas — late on national signing day. The 6-foot-4, 329-pound Wilson is considered...
Early enrollees boost Florida State recruiting class

Early enrollees boost Florida State recruiting class

Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher is like most college football coaches in his desire to have an early signing period. But until one is put in place, Fisher is content to lock in a significant portion of the signing class with early enrollees. Two of the nation’s top 10 players in the class of 2017, tailback Cam Akers and defensive end Joshua Kaindoh, are already on campus. They are among the...
Seven bold predictions about the 2017 college football season

Seven bold predictions about the 2017 college football season

All the orange and blue confetti has been swept up at Raymond James Stadium and the Clemson Tigers are back home with the College Football Championship trophy. So now it’s time to look ahead to the 2017 college football season: Three preseason title contenders Alabama. Five or six first-round draft picks gone, and it won’t matter Ohio State. 11-2, playoff-bound with one of the least experienced...
FSU, ex-Cardinal Newman star Travis Rudolph officially in NFL draft

FSU, ex-Cardinal Newman star Travis Rudolph officially in NFL draft

Travis Rudolph, Florida State’s leading receiver in 2016 and a former Cardinal Newman star, seemed to confirm Thursday on social media that he was going to enter the upcoming NFL draft. On Friday he finally confirmed his intentions and said why he chose to forgo his senior season. Rudolph led FSU in receptions (56), receiving yards (840) and receiving touchdowns (seven) in 2016 as a junior....
Dave George: What a great game! Wish I had seen it!

Dave George: What a great game! Wish I had seen it!

How jealous can one man be? So many of you were up and hyperventilating Monday night at the exact moment Dabo Swinney decided to reject the safer field-goal route into overtime and go for the win against Alabama instead. It must have been glow-in-the-dark magic. In my case, however, the dreaded sofa monster was making all the decisions, drooping and finally slamming eyelids down long before midnight...
Bobby Bowden sparks controversy with comments about fatherless players

Bobby Bowden sparks controversy with comments about fatherless players

Former coach Bobby Bowden being honored at a Florida State game in 2013. (Melina Vastola-USA TODAY ) Legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden made some controversial statements during an appearance on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” show on Wednesday morning.
‘Future looks good’ for Seminoles

‘Future looks good’ for Seminoles

Players were swirling through the victorious locker room, some carrying oranges like edible trophies, all wearing smiles of varying widths. Tarvarus McFadden stopped in front of his stall to soak it in. “Next year, we open up with (gosh darn) Alabama,” he said to a nearby teammate, slipping him five. They broke the handshake, and McFadden corrected himself. “Hold up,” he said...
Dave George: Satisfying Orange Bowl win for Jimbo Fisher, Seminoles

Dave George: Satisfying Orange Bowl win for Jimbo Fisher, Seminoles

It took Florida State all of six plays to score six points Friday night, so enough with the jokes about Renegade the noble Seminoles warhorse taking an ignoble tumble to the turf during Orange Bowl pregame festivities. By the time this Orange Bowl was finished, lifting and dashing the spirits of both fan bases so many times, the pratfalls were long forgotten and the heroic moments stored away pretty...
Florida State rallies for scintillating Orange Bowl victory

Florida State rallies for scintillating Orange Bowl victory

In a game that was defined by twists and turns, the biggest twist would be if Florida State’s extraordinary running back Dalvin Cook ever wore a Seminoles uniform again. The Seminoles’ career rushing leader and the Orange Bowl’s Most Outstanding player insists he hasn’t made up his mind about the NFL draft, but the only shock would be if Cook isn’t in the NFL next season...
Orange Bowl pits two teams looking for signature win to end season

Orange Bowl pits two teams looking for signature win to end season

Florida State’s season was teetering. The Seminoles lost for the second time and the calendar had just flipped to October. It had been five seasons since FSU had three losses it its first five games. “People ask us at the beginning of the year when we were 3-2, what do you have to play for?” coach Jimbo Fisher said. “This is what you have to play for. … Sometimes your...
Strong, Kiffin add to impressive list of Florida college coaches

Strong, Kiffin add to impressive list of Florida college coaches

When Mark Richt started his coaching career, Miami, Florida, and Florida State were the only options for Florida recruits hoping to play big-time ball close to home. He’s hoping that will be the case by the time he ends it. Florida’s mid-major football programs, steadily rising over the past two decades, are hotter than ever. With all four hiring talented, well-known coaches, they&rsquo...

Lane Kiffin signs former FSU QB De’Andre Johnson at FAU

De’Andre Johnson #14 of the Gold team runs for yards against the Garnet team during Florida State’s Garnet and Gold spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium on April 11, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Lamar Jackson’s Heisman adds to county’s football lore

Lamar Jackson’s Heisman adds to county’s football lore

Was Lamar Jackson’s Heisman Trophy-winning moment Saturday night the greatest achievement by a former Palm Beach County high school football player — the crowning moment in the area’s illustrious high school football history? The fact that the question can be asked shows the amount of big-time players who have worn the colors of county high schools through the decades and the monumental...
Jim Harbaugh hopes to use Orange Bowl as recruiting trip

Jim Harbaugh hopes to use Orange Bowl as recruiting trip

From poolside at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, the sunny image of 21st-century hedonism, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh took his listeners Wednesday to a time of wooden ships and gory battles off the coast of 16th-century England. “Fight on, my men, Sir Andrew said,” Harbaugh began. “I am hurt, but I am not slain. I’ll lay me down and bleed a while, and then I’ll rise and...

Florida State, Michigan in rare matchup in Orange Bowl

Florida State will be heading back to South Florida for the bowl season. The Seminoles (9-3) will face Michigan (10-2) in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 at 8 p.m., in Miami Gardens. This will be FSU’s 10th trip to the Orange Bowl, including the Seminoles’ first national title in 1993. And it’s a rare matchup as FSU and Michigan have not played since 1991. “Two brand-name schools...
Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher not headed to LSU — again

Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher not headed to LSU — again

After a week of chatter and reports, Jimbo Fisher appears to be staying at Florida State. Fisher won a national title as LSU’s offensive coordinator and was reportedly on the school’s short list to replace Les Miles. But LSU promoted interim head coach Ed Orgeron to be the Tigers’ permanent head coach on Saturday afternoon. Orgeron went 5-2 as the interim coach after Miles opened...

FSU’s freshman QB performing beyond Fisher’s expectations

Deondre Francois is just 10 passing yards shy of 3,000 in his first season as Florida State’s starter. Unfortunately, the redshirt freshman’s view of success has often been while looking up from the grass. Francois has been sacked 32 times and pressured 31.7 percent of the time he has dropped back, according to Pro Football Focus. But he leads all FBS freshman quarterbacks nationally by...
Dalvin Cook leads Seminoles to rout of Syracuse

Dalvin Cook leads Seminoles to rout of Syracuse

Dalvin Cook ran for 225 yards and four touchdowns to become Florida State’s career rushing leader, and the 17th-ranked Seminoles beat Syracuse 45-14 on Saturday. Cook entered the game needing 19 yards to break Warrick Dunn’s 20-year old school record for rushing (3,959) and did so with a 41-yarder in the first quarter. He finished the first half with 104 yards to become just the sixth...
Defense has keyed Seminoles’ turnaround

Defense has keyed Seminoles’ turnaround

Florida State’s defensive players were frustrated. Five games into the season, the Seminoles had allowed 35.4 points per game. The defense was supposed to be a strength of a team that had playoff aspirations. And instead it was the main reason for a 3-2 start that left the Seminoles on the brink of sliding out of the top 25. But the defensive turnaround in the Past five games has been remarkable...
Seminoles coast past Boston College

Seminoles coast past Boston College

Dalvin Cook ran for 108 yards and Deondre Francois tied a season high with three touchdown passes to help No. 20 Florida State rout Boston College 45-7 on Friday night. Cook became only the second Seminoles back to go over 100 yards in 15 meetings against the Eagles and the first since Ricky Williams had 109 yards in 1980. The junior, who also had a touchdown on 18 carries, moved within 19 yards of...
Big tests for Hurricanes, Gators and Seminoles

Big tests for Hurricanes, Gators and Seminoles

The first College Football Playoff rankings for 2016 are coming out Tuesday night. Are you as pumped as usual to see the opening draft and where the nation’s power programs fit? Probably not if Florida’s big-name teams are paramount to the discussion. The Florida Gators are the only one with a potential route to the four-team playoff field and that trip can only be completed with a few...

Former Cardinal Newman star Rudolph leads Seminoles’ victory

Travis Rudolph has had some big games before at Florida State. But none that were quite like Saturday’s 17-6 win over Wake Forest. The former Cardinal Newman star set career highs in receptions (13) and receiving yards (238) against the Demon Deacons. And while he didn’t score a touchdowns, Rudolph helped FSU move the ball down the field and had a part in every FSU scoring drive. Rudolph&rsquo...
Richt deserved overtime to beat Seminoles but missed PAT doomed Canes

Richt deserved overtime to beat Seminoles but missed PAT doomed Canes

The garbage started flying onto the field around the 5:00 mark in response to what Miami fans considered a garbage call. When the crucial play of the game went cockeyed a few minutes later, however, there was nothing left to throw. Nothing left to say. Nothing to separate Miami and Florida State but a missed PAT, which is as cruel as any wide and wobbly ending this mind-numbing rivalry has ever seen...
Surging Hurricanes better beware Jimbo Fisher effect vs. Seminoles

Surging Hurricanes better beware Jimbo Fisher effect vs. Seminoles

Miami in the AP Top Ten and Florida State scrambling to catch up is just plain weird. This is not how we’ve come to know this red-eyed rivalry in recent years. FSU, a national championship team just three years ago and No. 2 in the national rankings last month, has a six-game win streak going against the Hurricanes. It would be a mistake, however, to flip the switch mentally before Saturday...

Seminoles fail to finish drives, score in loss to Tar Heels

Florida State was able to start and build drives on Saturday. The problem, at least early on, was finishing those drives and putting points on the board. Penalties and third-down failures led to drives stalling in North Carolina territory. And then Ricky Aguayo missed three field-goal attempts. Before FSU could recover, UNC led 21-0 midway through the second quarter. Deondre Francois had been in this...
Dalvin Cook’s huge day -- in FSU's 55-35 win over USF -- should silence critics

Dalvin Cook’s huge day -- in FSU's 55-35 win over USF -- should silence critics

For the past week, the question was “What’s wrong with Dalvin Cook?” The Florida State running back provided his answer on Saturday. Cook ran for a career-best 267 rushing yards and two touchdowns and the Seminoles ran for 478 yards – one shy of a school record – as No. 13 FSU bounced back with a 55-35 win over South Florida. “I don’t know why it was a question...

Poll: Miami is Florida's fourth most popular college football team; Dolphins top pro list

A new poll has some fascinating results regarding the popularity of Florida’s sports teams, both college and professional, among Floridians. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, looks at the popularity of political candidates and issues among Floridians, but it also includes polling information about the Florida sports scene. Specifically, the poll considers college sports loyalties...

First impressions: Comparing the debuts of Jameis Winston and Deondre Francois

When a Florida State quarterback impresses in his debut the way that Deondre Francois did on Monday night against Ole Miss in Orlando, comparisons to Jameis Winston are inevitable. It may be unfair to compare Francois to a player that won his first 26 starts, became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy, led the Seminoles to a National Championship and created a body of work that resulted...

FSU's Travis Rudolph reunited with lunchmate, gives him jersey and tickets

American playwright Tennessee Williams once said that “time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation.” On Monday morning in Orlando, just hours before Florida State and star receiver Travis Rudolph were set to open their season against Ole Miss, that adage was proven true. Rudolph, who is a West Palm native and Cardinal Newman alum, made headlines earlier in the week...

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Picking an all-time Orange Bowl team

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The Orange Bowl has seen some of college football's great teams and moments. Who are the greatest players from the game's history?
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