October 22, 2004 - by
From The Press Box by Rob Wilson

Oct. 22, 2004

Florida State president T.K. Wetherell has initiated a reminder to FSU fans to continue to make Florida State and our athletic venues a great environment for opposing fans. While everyone would agree there is a general retreat of civility in today’s society, FSU’s top man is determined to make sure that Seminole fans don’t lose their reputation for proper behavior. His efforts would appear to be bearing fruit. Or at least one high profile visitor seems to think so.

Virginia head coach Al Groh was quoted in the Miami Herald about his experience at Doak Campbell Stadium following his team’s 36-3 pounding on Saturday. “I thought it was a terrific environment to play in,” said Groh. “As a participant in it, I saw it as being a very positive place. Great energy, good crowd, knowledgeable, very enthusiastic and excited for their team, but not hostile in terms of being nasty…of course, nobody was hitting me, either.”

While on the subject of fans, FSU director of athletics Dave Hart began his comments on the most recent edition of Seminole Sports Magazine with high praise for the support the football program has had at home this year. The attendance numbers are startling on their own, but they are even more impressive given the hardships the sequence of four hurricanes levied on Floridians over the last few months. 84,155 fans packed Doak Campbell for the Virginia game marking the second highest attended game in school history (84,336 for last year’s Miami game is the record). FSU averaged 83,056 fans over the first four games of the season with a Homecoming date with Duke and an already sold out match up with Florida still to come. If the average over those last two games is over 83,345, Seminole fans will have set a new school record for single season attendance.

NC State is making dramatic renovations to its football stadium which include a new press box with skyboxes tucked underneath. The construction will take all season so NCSU officials have been forced to use a temporary press box. This is of interest to FSU fans only because their limited facilities will make it impossible for Sunshine Network to broadcast its regular tape-delayed game on Sunday night. In its place, Sunshine will air a don’t-miss behind the scenes look at FSU’s trip to Raleigh for the game.

National publications have featured a number of stories and tidbits about former Seminoles.

ESPN Magazine featured former FSU running back and current Atlanta Falcon Warrick Dunn in their “Hook-Up” profile on October 25th.

The most recent Southern Living includes a story about breast cancer survivor Colleen Walker. She is a standout on the LPGA Tour and former FSU great on the golf course.

The inaugural issue of Y’All magazine featured a question and answer segment with the first lady of college football Ann Bowden.

The October 18th edition of the Sporting News had a long story about the difficult life of an NFL nose tackle. In the article, the top nose tackles in the league are pointed out, but the NFL expert also projects two other players who would be among the best if they played in that scheme. Included among that short list of two was former Seminole Orpheus Roye whom he called the Brown’s best defensive lineman.

In the same issue of the Sporting News, Brian Baldinger writes a column about players to build your NFL team around. He sites former FSU great Walter Jones who now plays offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks as the top player on the team and adds that Seahawk coach Mike Holmgren has called him the best lineman he has ever seen.

Hopefully everyone clipped their newspapers over this past week when the ACC published the divisional breakdowns along with the names. Remember in football each team will play all five opponents in its own division plus one primary crossover from the other division (permanent partner) and two rotating opponents from the other division. FSU is in the Atlantic Division with Maryland, Clemson, NC State, Wake Forest and Boston College. FSU’s permanent partner in the Coastal Division is Miami, so the Seminoles and Hurricanes will play every year. The rest of the Coastal Division is Virginia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia Tech.

Florida State will not play Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech or North Carolina in football next season. The goal is for no ACC members to go more than four years without playing each league team, but details have not been finalized. We do know that Florida State will travel to Boston College next year.

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