Aug. 14, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State’s official travel party for its September 27 football game against Colorado in Jacksonville Municipal Stadium has grown by two in the last few days. Joining the football team, cheerleaders, Marching Chiefs and thousands of Seminole fans will be Osceola and Renegade.
“We are excited to have Osceola and Renegade appear at the FSU vs. Colorado game,” said FSU Director of Athletics Randy Spetman. “I know when I first took this job, one of the things I looked forward to most was seeing the tradition and pageantry of that symbol in person. It is unusual for Osceola and Renegade to appear anywhere but at home games so it will be a special event for our fans.”
Osceola and Renegade last appeared at an FSU game away from Tallahassee when the Seminoles played a neutral site game against Notre Dame at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando in 1994. The symbol of FSU football has appeared at every FSU home game since 1978 under the direction of its creator Bill Durham, who handed the leadership of the program to his son Allen, a former Osceola rider himself, two years ago.
To become Osceola, an FSU student must put in time on the Renegade “team”, uphold high academic and personal standards and complete a rigid testing program. Chris Gannon from Palm Beach, Florida will be the rider for the 2008 season. A total of 13 students have been Osceola over the history of the program dating back to Jim Kidder who was the first and rode through the 1978 and 79 seasons. A total of five Appaloosa horses have been Renegade over the years.
A game time has not been announced for the FSU vs. Colorado game however tickets are available through the Florida State Ticket Office website at www.seminoles.com, via phone at 1-888-FSU-NOLE and through the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on-line box office at Ticketmaster.