Aug. 11, 2011
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — If you live in the Tallahassee area, get used to seeing ESPN over the next five months.
Thursday’s announcement that the network’s College GameDay show will be at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Jan. 14, 2012 for the men’s basketball team’s game against North Carolina means that FSU will host ESPN in both basketball and football this year.
GameDay will also set up on campus for a national broadcast of the football team’s Sept. 17 game against Oklahoma.
Florida State becomes just the fourth program to have the GameDay crew in town for both sports in the same seasons. Oklahoma State (2004-05), Texas (2005-06 and 2008-09) and Ohio State (2006-07) are the other three.
While GameDay is making its triumphant football return to FSU for the first time since 2003, the basketball version of the popular show will be in town for the first time ever to see the Seminoles and Tar Heels square off.
This is a real testament to the job that head coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff have done. Hamilton and Co. have turned the ‘Noles into a nationally relevant program and it’s on the fans now to step up and help push it even further.
Having GameDay come to town is huge because of the exposure that the Seminoles will receive. After the announcement was made about the show being in town for the football team’s game against the Sooners, I wrote about the importance of showing up loud and proud to Doak Campbell Stadium.
I’m doing the same for the basketball ‘Noles now.
We’ve all seen the Cameron Crazies going, err, crazy at Cameron Indoor. We know about North Carolina’s faithful following. Do you think the nation knows about Florida State basketball fans?
Let’s give them something to think about.