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Quarterbacks, Willie Taggart on display at Florida State spring game

Quarterbacks, Willie Taggart on display at Florida State spring game

Florida State’s practices have been filled with energy, providing an early glimpse at the enthusiasm that players and coaches have displayed as the program wraps up the first spring of the Willie Taggart Era. Taggart has used the spring as an opportunity to teach and motivate the Seminoles. And he looks forward to the chance to evaluate the progress the players have made in four weeks when they...
Commentary: College hoops, heal thyself

Commentary: College hoops, heal thyself

I’m a pretty big college basketball fan — not paint-my-chest big, but big — and I know one reform I’d make were supreme commissioner power bestowed upon me: My team would always win. But I don’t have such power, and there are good arguments for all sorts of college roundball reforms. In light of all these reasonable ideas, no decisions should come from hypothetical college...
Commentary: Cleaning up college basketball

Commentary: Cleaning up college basketball

The indictment and arrests of four assistant college basketball coaches, a shoe company executive and other periphery individuals are a shock to the system of college sports. One Hall of Fame coach was terminated. Other coaches are lawyering up. Institutions, shoe companies and even families of high caliber prospects are circling their legal wagons. The pro-social value of college sports and its education...
Seminoles like Olympic Heights grad Will Aime in new defensive end job

Seminoles like Olympic Heights grad Will Aime in new defensive end job

Wally Aime and Florida State’s coaches were on the same page. A position change made the most sense for Aime and the Seminoles. FSU is loaded with talented defensive tackles, one of the deepest positions on the team in 2018. But defensive end is a different story, with the Seminoles losing Josh Sweat and Jalen Wilkerson as early entries to the          ...
Ex-Glades QB James Blackman at helm of faster Florida State offense

Ex-Glades QB James Blackman at helm of faster Florida State offense

James Blackman says that Florida State’s offense isn’t too different. But the tempo? Yes, that’s different. “No more huddling,” the former Glades Central star said Wednesday. “We’re going to be moving quickly.” Blackman began to show just how quickly a few minutes later, running the offense in the first day of FSU’s spring practices. The pace was...
Blackman, Francois set to battle for Florida State quarterback job

Blackman, Francois set to battle for Florida State quarterback job

Willie Taggart lives by the simple motto, “Do something.” The Florida State coach will finally get to see his team do something on the practice field next week. FSU will hold the first of 15 spring practices on Wednesday. The Seminoles will wrap up four weeks of practices with their spring game on April 14 at 6 p.m. “We have some good young men here that are really ready to right...
2018 National Signing Day: Florida State, Willie Taggart close strong

2018 National Signing Day: Florida State, Willie Taggart close strong

Florida State was in desperate need of receivers in the class of 2018. Willie Taggart and the coaching staff secured five on Wednesday. Warren Thompson, Keyshawn Helton, Tre’Shaun Harrison, Jordan Young and D’Marcus Adams sent in their signed letters of intent on National Signing Day, helping the Seminoles double their receiver depth. * Latest updates on the Seminoles’ recruiting...
Willie Taggart, new FSU staff make up ground on recruiting

Willie Taggart, new FSU staff make up ground on recruiting

Willie Taggart has done nothing but recruit in his nearly two months as Florida State’s football coach. The early results have been positive. The Seminoles landed just seven prospects during the December signing period, but the efforts by Taggart and his staff have resulted in five more verbal commitments in recent weeks. The last week has been fruitful, with commitments from a trio of four-stars...
Cardinal Newman honors Travis Rudolph

Cardinal Newman honors Travis Rudolph

The Cardinal Newman High School sign read: “Welcome back alum Travis Rudolph.” Special programs for the Crusaders boys’ basketball game bore a similar message. With a standing ovation, the game crowd made it even more evident: They were proud to have their former football standout back Thursday night to place his jersey in the school trophy case. After an up-and-down year that saw...
James Blackman leads Seminoles to bowl rout

James Blackman leads Seminoles to bowl rout

James Blackman was throwing the touchdown passes while fellow true freshman Cam Akers was gaining big chunks of yards on the ground. Florida State might still be a little melancholy after a season that started with national championship hopes ended Wednesday with an Independence Bowl win. But the performances from young players like Blackman and Akers in the 42-13 rout of Southern Mississippi are...
Seminoles look to cap disappointing season with bowl win

Seminoles look to cap disappointing season with bowl win

Florida State’s season started with national championship aspirations but will instead end in relative obscurity against Southern Mississippi in the Independence Bowl on Wednesday. The Seminoles freely acknowledge it’s been a tough few months. They’re also adamant the disappointment won’t carry over to the field when they face the Golden Eagles. “We are here to win,&rdquo...
Florida State stocks up on cornerbacks, adding three 4-star recruits

Florida State stocks up on cornerbacks, adding three 4-star recruits

Florida State landed just seven prospects in the early signing period. But four of those are among the top defensive backs in the nation. Coach Willie Taggart filled one need for the future by stocking up on cornerbacks Friday, landing a trio of four-stars: Asante Samuel Jr. of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, Isaiah Bolden of Zephyrhills (Fla.) Wesley Chapel and A.J. Lytton of Upper Marlboro,...
Taggart pleased with progress of first Seminole recruiting class

Taggart pleased with progress of first Seminole recruiting class

Florida State coach Willie Taggart says he’s not interested in signing quantity in the 2018 class. He frequently stated Thursday afternoon that he’s looking for “the right guys.” “We’re going to sign 16-18,” Taggart said. “We got to make sure we get the right guys, not just filling the class just to fill it. That’s not going to help our football...
Willie Taggart, Florida State have hit-and-miss signing day

Willie Taggart, Florida State have hit-and-miss signing day

New Florida State coach Willie Taggart had a late start trying to salvage the 2018 signing class. He was able to secure three long-time commitments and produced a late flip from the West Coast. *More FSU coverage The Seminoles signed three players by late Wednesday afternoon — four-star defensive tackle Robert Cooper, four-star linebacker Amari Gainer and three-star offensive tackle Christian...
Willie Taggart, Florida State look to close deal with recruits

Willie Taggart, Florida State look to close deal with recruits

Willie Taggart has only been on the job for two weeks. But each of those 14 days has been spent with a focus on recruiting. And with a December signing period in 2017 for the first time in college football, the new Florida State football coach has been trying to catch up with the Seminoles’ nine verbal commitments. *Bobby Bowden talks sons, Taggart, Jimbo “I’m going to try to get...
Former FSU coach Bobby Bowden praises FAU’s Lane Kiffin

Former FSU coach Bobby Bowden praises FAU’s Lane Kiffin

Even in his late 80s, former Florida State Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden can spot talent with the best of them. In Lane Kiffin, the well-traveled head coach who has Florida Atlantic in their first bowl game since 2008, the Owls have found a gem, according to Bowden. *More Boca Bowl coverage *Bobby Bowden will watch son in Boca Bowl “Lane’s done a heck of a job, I can’t believe it!&rdquo...
Bobby Bowden enjoys Terry’s success at Akron, but won’t get ‘too deep’

Bobby Bowden enjoys Terry’s success at Akron, but won’t get ‘too deep’

It was about 5 a.m., the morning after another game, when the phone rang at the Terry Bowden household, as it does every morning after games and before sunrise. *More Boca Raton Bowl coverage *Bowden finally returns to FSU for honor *Bowden recalls rivalry with Spurrier The Akron coach was looking forward to this weekly, early-morning talk with his legendary father and Hall of Fame coach, Bobby Bowden...
Undefeated watch: Predicting when final 8 unbeaten college basketball teams will lose

Undefeated watch: Predicting when final 8 unbeaten college basketball teams will lose

And then there were 8. From a list of 351 Division I college basketball programs, less than 3 percent have managed to get this far into the 2017-18 season without suffering a loss. And as impressive as that feat is for those still perfect, they shouldn’t expect it to last much longer. Why? Because it’s been more than 40 years since a team made it through the entire...
WATCH: Willie Taggart receives loud ovation at Florida State basketball game

WATCH: Willie Taggart receives loud ovation at Florida State basketball game

During halftime of Florida State’s basketball game against Loyola (Md.), fans were able to hear from new football coach Willie Taggart. Judging from the reception he received at the Tucker Center, they seemed quite excited to have him there. “I’m very, very excited to be your football coach,” Taggart told the crowd. “I’m glad to be back here in the...
Reports: Jim Leavitt named defensive coordinator at Florida State

Reports: Jim Leavitt named defensive coordinator at Florida State

New Florida State football coach Willie Taggart appears to have found his defensive coordinator. According to reports, including from the Tallahassee Democrat’s Wayne McGahee III, Oregon’s Jim Leavitt will join his former boss’s new staff at FSU. Leavitt was hired by Taggart to become Oregon’s defensive coordinator when the latter was hired in Eugene...
4-star running back Jashaun Corbin decommits from Florida State

4-star running back Jashaun Corbin decommits from Florida State

Minutes after his teammate Antoine Green announced his decommitment from Florida State, 4-star Rockledge (Fla.) running back Jashaun Corbin followed suit, announcing that he too was reopening his recruitment. Corbin is considered the country’s No. 6 all-purpose back by 247Sports’ composite rankings. As a junior, he rushed for 1022 yards and 5 touchdowns, while...
In-state wide receiver Antoine Green latest to decommit from Florida State

In-state wide receiver Antoine Green latest to decommit from Florida State

Florida State has seen its share of commits reopen their recruitment after Jimbo Fisher left to take the job at Texas A&M. On Sunday night, the Seminoles received news of yet another one. Antoine Green, a wide receiver from Rockledge (Fla.) Senior High School east of Orlando, tweeted that he would decommit from the Seminoles. Green had been committed to the program since...
Without Fisher, Seminoles become bowl eligible

Without Fisher, Seminoles become bowl eligible

What distractions? Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick each ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns as Florida State won its third consecutive game to secure a bowl bid with a 42-10 rout of Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. It’s the first time this season FSU had two 100-yard rushers in the same game and helped overcome the distractions of the week after coach Jimbo Fisher bolted for Texas A&M and defensive...
Jameis Winston takes to Instagram to send well wishes to Jimbo Fisher

Jameis Winston takes to Instagram to send well wishes to Jimbo Fisher

Jameis Winston left Florida State as one of the most decorated football players in school history. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback won a national championship with the Seminoles in the 2013 season, part of a campaign that saw him become the program’s first Heisman Trophy winner since 2000. On Friday, Winston took to Instagram to congratulate Jimbo Fisher on a successful...
Willie Taggart: ‘Not addressing any rumors’ putting him at Florida State

Willie Taggart: ‘Not addressing any rumors’ putting him at Florida State

With Jimbo Fisher’s hiring at Texas A&M, Florida State’s focus has shifted to Oregon head coach Willie Taggart. Taggart is a Bradenton, Fla. native and led South Florida’s program from 2013-2016, where he steadily molded the Bulls into a contender in the American Athletic Conference. Oregon is currently 7-5 (4-5 Pac-12) in Taggart’s first season...
Jimbo Fisher was perfect coach at perfect time for FSU, until he wasn’t

Jimbo Fisher was perfect coach at perfect time for FSU, until he wasn’t

Jimbo Fisher does not deserve the backlash he is receiving, not after what he did to make Florida State football relevant again. Fisher was, simply, the perfect hire for Florida State after the disheartening end to the magical Bobby Bowden era. *Behind-the-scenes as Jimbo’s son battles rare disease *Who should replace Jimbo? *Local recruits react to Jimbo’s departure And now, after eight...
Jimbo Fisher resigns at Florida State: The Post remembers two incredible Fisher exclusives

Jimbo Fisher resigns at Florida State: The Post remembers two incredible Fisher exclusives

Long-time Florida State Seminoles football coach Jimbo Fisher is leaving Tallahassee to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M. The Tallhassee Democrat first reported the news early Friday afternoon. In recent years when The Palm Beach Post had a regular beat writer covering the Seminoles, Fisher allowed us and veteran reporter Tom D'Angelo behind-the-scenes access which produced two memorable stories...
Jimbo Fisher buyout: How much does he owe Florida State after leaving for Texas A&M?

Jimbo Fisher buyout: How much does he owe Florida State after leaving for Texas A&M?

Jimbo Fisher was a priority target for Texas A&M after its firing of Kevin Sumlin. The Aggies were able to get their man, wooing the Florida State coach away from Tallahassee with a contract worth $7.5 million annually over a ”likely” 10 years, according to KPRC’s Randy Mcllvoy. However, there still unfinished business on the part of FSU, namely regarding...
Reports: Jimbo Fisher out at FSU, accepts head coaching position at Texas A&M

Reports: Jimbo Fisher out at FSU, accepts head coaching position at Texas A&M

Jimbo Fisher has resigned as the head football coach of Florida State University and will be named head coach at Texas A&M, according to multiple reports. Fisher spent eight years at FSU, finishing with an 83-23 record that included a National Championship, six 10-win seasons and five bowl wins. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en"...
AP: Florida State expects Jimbo Fisher to depart for Texas A&M job

AP: Florida State expects Jimbo Fisher to depart for Texas A&M job

The speculation that Jimbo Fisher will leave Florida State for Texas A&M’s vacant head coaching job grew ever louder on Thursday evening. According to a report from the Associated Press’s Joe Reedy, Florida State officials expect that Fisher will indeed take the job in College Station, but not before Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Monroe. The Seminoles...
Report: Texas A&M contract for Jimbo Fisher ‘informally approved’

Report: Texas A&M contract for Jimbo Fisher ‘informally approved’

While Jimbo Fisher’s decision to either stay at Florida State or head to Texas A&M hangs in the balance, Texas A&M’s board of regents appear to be all in on landing his services for next year and beyond. According to TexAgs.com’s Billy Liucci, the board of regents have “informally approved” a contract for Fisher should he decide to take...
Bobby Bowden not sure Jimbo Fisher will leave Florida State for Texas A&M

Bobby Bowden not sure Jimbo Fisher will leave Florida State for Texas A&M

In 2007, with Bobby Bowden’s eventual retirement looming, the decision was made to name then-offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher as coach-in-waiting at Florida State. Bowden’s departure would come after the 2009 season following a disappointing 7-6 campaign. So what does the former Seminoles coaching legend think Fisher’s next move is with the latter being surrounded by...
Like it or not, Fisher’s in the middle of the coaching carousel

Like it or not, Fisher’s in the middle of the coaching carousel

Why would Jimbo Fisher leave Florida State? Well, for openers, I won’t believe that he’s gone to Texas A&M or anywhere else until there is an official announcement. The reports of other “done deals” involving other coaches and other suitors have come up dry in the last week. If it does happen, though, if FSU’s carefully constructed and maintained system of head coaching...
Dave George: Gators can only go up after another loss to Seminoles

Dave George: Gators can only go up after another loss to Seminoles

Another giggly play date in the Swamp for the Florida State Seminoles, who have won their past four trips here by an average score of 28-9. Another stiff-arm delivered to the Florida Gators, and from clear across the country this time, as Chip Kelly is announced as the new coach at UCLA. Now starts the process of fighting off Nebraska and possibly others in the pursuit of UCF’s Scott Frost,...
James Blackman helps Seminoles to win in first Swamp visit

James Blackman helps Seminoles to win in first Swamp visit

James Blackman grew up admiring the Florida Gators. And on Saturday, he could admire a crowning achievement in his young career: a Florida State win in the Swamp. Blackman’s statistics weren’t pretty: the true freshman completed just 10 of 21 passes for 128 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday’s 38-22 win over Florida. But Blackman was composed under a constant pass...
Seminoles win fifth straight over Gators

Seminoles win fifth straight over Gators

This was far from Florida State-Florida of old. Two losing teams. Two struggling offenses. Two proud programs essentially playing out the string. The only thing that seemed even vaguely familiar: The outcome. Jacob Pugh and Levonta Taylor turned takeaways into touchdowns and helped the Seminoles beat the Gators for the fifth consecutive year, 38-22 Saturday. Pugh returned a fumble 16 yards for a...
James Blackman showing growth as Seminoles quarterback

James Blackman showing growth as Seminoles quarterback

James Blackman expected to compete for Florida State’s backup quarterback job in his first season on campus. But he was forced to play immediately — and perform well — in pressure situations. The former Glades Central star was thrust into a starting role after Deondre Francois went down with a season-ending knee injury in FSU’s season-opening loss to Alabama. Blackman stepped...
Seminoles coast to 77-6 rout of Delaware State

Seminoles coast to 77-6 rout of Delaware State

Florida State had not scored more than 30 points this season before facing Delaware State. The Seminoles accomplished that early in the second quarter Saturday and didn’t let up, coasting to a 77-6 rout. The 71-point win is the second-highest margin of victory by Florida State (4-6), falling three points shy of tying the 74-0 win against Whiting Field in 1949. The 77 points also ties for the...
What Jimbo Fisher said after Florida State’s blowout win over Delaware State

What Jimbo Fisher said after Florida State’s blowout win over Delaware State

Florida State wasn’t expected to have much trouble with FCS Delaware State in the Seminoles’ home finale. After a little of a shaky start, the Seminoles took full control in a 77-6 rout of the Hornets at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles raced to a 7-0 lead and used a touchdown on a blocked field goal to double that margin with 9 minutes...
Seminoles fall to 3-6 with loss to Clemson

Seminoles fall to 3-6 with loss to Clemson

Despite being a heavy underdog, Florida State made things interesting in the second half Saturday afternoon against fourth-ranked Clemson. But in the end, the Tigers were too strong on both sides of the ball and pulled off a 31-14 victory. The win improves Clemson’s record to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the ACC. The Tigers have clinched the ACC’s Atlantic Division championship for the third...
Florida State’s Emmett Rice ejected after targeting call in 3rd quarter versus Clemson; shows lack of class while leaving

Florida State’s Emmett Rice ejected after targeting call in 3rd quarter versus Clemson; shows lack of class while leaving

Florida State will be without outside linebacker Emmett Rice for the remainder of their game against Clemson. The sophomore was ejected after a targeting call against him was upheld in the 3rd quarter and the team trailing 17-0. After a Clemson punt, the Seminoles’ D.J. Matthews took the return. During the play, Rice nailed Clemson’s Ryan Carter with a clear helmet...
Florida State WR Nyquan Murray leaves game against Clemson with first quarter injury

Florida State WR Nyquan Murray leaves game against Clemson with first quarter injury

Florida State wide receiver Nyqwan Murray left in the first quarter of the Seminoles’ game at Clemson on Saturday with what appeared to be a leg injury. Murray originally went to the Seminoles injury tent after going down. After some time spent there, he would then limp to the team’s locker room. His return is unknown at this time. Coming into Saturday’s game...
Florida State WR Auden Tate questionable for game against Clemson

Florida State WR Auden Tate questionable for game against Clemson

When Florida State visits No. 4 Clemson in South Carolina, they could be without one of their offensive weapons. According to the team’s official injury report, wide receiver Auden Tate is questionable with an ankle injury for this Saturday’s game against the Tigers. Tate did not play last Saturday against Syracuse and it appears that it is possible he may miss the ...
College football tickets: Playoff race paces ticket demand

College football tickets: Playoff race paces ticket demand

As college football nears the finish line, the nation’s top teams can see their ultimate goal waiting just beyond the regular season: a spot in the playoffs. Of course there’s only room for four teams, though, so these final weeks are now a sprint to the end after a first two months which played out more like a marathon. Some of the matchups on the slate this weekend...
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher expects makeup game with Louisiana-Monroe to move forward

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher expects makeup game with Louisiana-Monroe to move forward

It is looking more and more likely that Florida State’s cancelled game against Louisiana-Monroe that was originally scheduled for September 9 will indeed be played. School officials said on Wednesday that they would make a decision on whether or not the game would be played in the following week. Now, with the Seminoles’ road to a bowl a little clearer, there is...
Seminoles hold on for first home victory

Seminoles hold on for first home victory

Florida State has experienced plenty of frustration this season, but it finally had a couple of things bounce its way Saturday. The Seminoles jumped out to their first double-digit lead of the season in the second quarter but still needed to go to the final play to hold on for a 27-24 win over Syracuse. FSU led 27-17 with 6:48 remaining but saw the Orange nearly send the game to overtime before Cole...
Jimbo Fisher: Injured Florida State RB Jacques Patrick could be ready to go against Clemson

Jimbo Fisher: Injured Florida State RB Jacques Patrick could be ready to go against Clemson

It doesn’t look like Florida State will have Jacques Patrick back for their game against Syracuse on Saturday. But it looks like the junior running back won’t have to wait much longer after that to return to the gridiron. During his weekly radio show on Wednesday evening, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher provided an update on Patrick’s status, stating that it...
What Jimbo Fisher said after Florida State’s blowout loss to Boston College

What Jimbo Fisher said after Florida State’s blowout loss to Boston College

A program that Florida State had handled well in recent years got its revenge on Friday night. Boston College rolled past the Seminoles 35-3, its first win in the series since 2009. Florida State found itself in an early hold as they trailed 21-0 with 6:40 left in the first half. A Ricky Aguayo field goal toward the end of the second was all the scoring for the Seminoles as...
Twitter reacts to Florida State’s poor first half against Boston College

Twitter reacts to Florida State’s poor first half against Boston College

It has been a long, disappointing season for Florida State. Losing Deondre Francois against No. 1 Alabama in the opening game of 2017 turned out to be foreshadowing for what has been a year to forget for Seminoles fans. They entered Friday night’s game against Boston College at 2-4 and finding themselves in danger of missing a bowl altogether if they weren’t able...
Injured Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois applauds James Blackman’s play thus far

Injured Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois applauds James Blackman’s play thus far

Waiting for the potential of a young athlete’s talents to fully blossom can be a frustrating process. On one possession, they can show glimpses of their athleticism that crowns them the best in their recruiting class, then on the next series, they make mistakes that highlights their inexperience on the field. Florida State is going through this predicament after being...
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher doubles down, doesn’t regret snapping back at fan

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher doubles down, doesn’t regret snapping back at fan

If you thought Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher had any regret confronting a fan on his walk back to the locker room following a disappointing last second home loss to Louisville on Saturday, you would be wrong. “No, not one bit,” Fisher said during his Monday press conference that was reported by Noles247Sports writer Brendan Sonnone, “Because I don&rsquo...
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...
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