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Coach likes Bethune-Cookman’s chances in wide-open MEAC
 Bethune-Cookman coach Terry Sims thinks the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is wide open in 2018. And he believes the Wildcats have the talent to compete for their first league title since 2015. “There is definitely a lot of parity in our league this year,” Sims said. “We look at ourselves as being one of the top teams in...

Posted: 23 days ago

Bethune-Cookman coach Terry Sims thinks the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is wide open in 2018. And he believes the Wildcats have the talent to compete for their first league title since 2015. “There is definitely a lot of parity in our league this year,” Sims said. “We look at ourselves as being one of the top teams in...
Coach Willie Simmons returns home to take on challenge at FAMU
 Willie Simmons grew up just 25 miles from Florida A&M’s Bragg Memorial Stadium. The Quincy, Fla., native spent plenty of fall Saturdays watching the Rattlers, which helped inspire a boy who went on to play football at Clemson and The Citadel before he went into coaching. Simmons, 37, is home again — bringing an up-tempo, option...

Posted: 23 days ago

Willie Simmons grew up just 25 miles from Florida A&M’s Bragg Memorial Stadium. The Quincy, Fla., native spent plenty of fall Saturdays watching the Rattlers, which helped inspire a boy who went on to play football at Clemson and The Citadel before he went into coaching. Simmons, 37, is home again — bringing an up-tempo, option...
Glades Central’s James Blackman working to keep starting QB job at Florida State
 Florida State coach Willie Taggart has named Deondre Francois the starter for the Seminoles’ opener next Monday against Virginia Tech. What would Taggart say to Blackman? "I think with a guy like James, and just going through what he went through last year, he understands he’s got to be ready and not sit around or pout. Just...

Posted: 27 days ago

Florida State coach Willie Taggart has named Deondre Francois the starter for the Seminoles’ opener next Monday against Virginia Tech. What would Taggart say to Blackman? "I think with a guy like James, and just going through what he went through last year, he understands he’s got to be ready and not sit around or pout. Just...
High hopes for new Florida State coach Willie Taggart coming off 7-6 season
 Willie Taggart has taken over rebuilding jobs before. First there was Western Kentucky, then South Florida and Oregon. A lifelong Florida State fan who grew up in Palmetto and played his high school football at Bradenton’s Manatee High, Taggart never viewed the Seminoles as a rebuild. But Taggart also wasn’t sure what he was walking...

Posted: 27 days ago

Willie Taggart has taken over rebuilding jobs before. First there was Western Kentucky, then South Florida and Oregon. A lifelong Florida State fan who grew up in Palmetto and played his high school football at Bradenton’s Manatee High, Taggart never viewed the Seminoles as a rebuild. But Taggart also wasn’t sure what he was walking...
Florida State enters camp with fresh start under Willie Taggart
 When Florida State opens preseason practice on Monday, there will be a number of intriguing position battles (beyond quarterback) as well as evaluations of which players fit best in the new coaching staff’s schemes. It’s a fresh start for all of the Seminoles. Whether they earned playing time or made an impression in the past...

7:47 PM Saturday, Aug. 04, 2018

When Florida State opens preseason practice on Monday, there will be a number of intriguing position battles (beyond quarterback) as well as evaluations of which players fit best in the new coaching staff’s schemes. It’s a fresh start for all of the Seminoles. Whether they earned playing time or made an impression in the past...
Jupiter’s Kylee Hanson takes softball game, life to new level at FSU
 Kylee Hanson knew the easier path might have been to graduate from Florida Atlantic, leading the Owls on the softball field in 2018 and staying close to home. But there was also the itch for a challenge. So she graduated from FAU and immediately landed at Florida State, where she would begin a two-year master’s program and play for...

10:49 PM Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018

Kylee Hanson knew the easier path might have been to graduate from Florida Atlantic, leading the Owls on the softball field in 2018 and staying close to home. But there was also the itch for a challenge. So she graduated from FAU and immediately landed at Florida State, where she would begin a two-year master’s program and play for...
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...

7:29 PM Friday, Apr. 13, 2018

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...
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...

10:28 PM Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018

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...
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...

10:26 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

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...
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...

11:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

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...
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...

6:06 PM Wednesday, Feb. 07, 2018

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...