I know it's been a while, but things have been a bit hectic around here as you probably have read about somewhere. We've got a lot of stuff to catch up on so I hope you'll go to Seminoles.com and read up on the longer versions of these stories.
Any football recruiting fans out there? I thought so...Florida State football will host The Seminole Recruiting War Party on Wednesday, Feb. 3 with doors opening at 6 p.m. and program schedule to begin at 7 p.m. at the Antique Car Museum. A handful of tickets, which are free, are still available by registering on Seminoles.com. These will go FAST but the good news is that there are already 12 official watch parties around the southeast that will feature fellow Seminole fans gathering to watch the event live. All FSU coaches will speak at the party and evaluate the new recruiting class. Check Seminoles.com for the locations of these GROUP viewings and if you can't attend one of these you can watch it live right on your home computer by logging onto Seminoles.com. An added element to the evening will be the fact that current FSU football players will be manning the phone lines (1-888-FSU-NOLE) in the FSU ticket office and an active "telethon" will be going on during the signing day party to solicit new or returning ticket holders and boosters. So call your friends and be part of the action.
Florida State currently finds itself SIXTH nationally in the Director's Cup points standings, which is a system used to measure the overall strength of athletic programs. That top ranking is even more impressive considering the fact that FSU traditionally scores more points over the spring semester than the fall. Volleyball's selection to the NCAA Tournament and advancement to within a game of the Final Four got us off to a great start.
It's unfortunate that in our society right now bad news is given so much more attention than good, but this attitude means you won't find any headlines that laud the outstanding semester we had academically. I suggest you stick these in your back pocket for the next time someone takes a shot at college athletes:
11 of our FSU teams earned a GPA of 3.0 or better
15 of FSU's 18 teams earned a GPA of 2.5 or better
14 student-athletes earned a place on the President's List with 4.0 GPA
102 student-athletes were named to the Dean's List (3.5-3.999)
238 student-athletes earned a 3.0 or higher GPA (49% our or athletic population)
The average GPA for our student-athletes for the fall is a 2.901
A recent story in The Sporting News Today is a great compliment to Florida State fans and our program. The publication listed the attendance figures for each bowl over the last five years. A closer look reveals that our program travels as well or better than any in the country. Naturally, the stadium record 84,129 fans that turned out for the Gator Bowl jumped off the page particularly since it was the third highest figure for all bowls this year and outdrew two BCS bowls (Orange 66,131 and Sugar 65,207) but the graph also revealed the overall impact of the Seminoles. Three of the bowls ('05 Orange, '07 Music City, and '09 Gator) had their highest attendance ever at their "FSU" game. The other two ('08 Champs, '06 Emerald) both set new bowl records when FSU played in them, but then set a higher record leaving the FSU game in second place - but no lower on any bowl. And, I'll eat my hat if there were more fans at the Miami vs. Wisconsin Champs bowl last year than our Champs Bowl against Wisconsin two years ago even though they list the game as drawing 4,055.
Men's Basketball fans need to dust off their white outfits for the Maryland game on February 6. That's right we are hoping for a white-out crowd against the Terrapins and a little revenge for their win in College Park a few weeks ago. Speaking of basketball, FSU students are turning out in record numbers this season with an average of nearly 4,500 per game since we hit ACC play. And if you're wondering where the Golden Girls were for the last game they were in a national competition - don't worry they'll be back.
Women's basketball fans need to dust off their pink for the February 7th game against Wake Forest. The team will be doing their part in the fight against Breast Cancer for their annual "Paint it Pink" game. The Seminoles will sport pink headbands, wristbands, warm-ups, etc. in an effort to raise money for the cause and then will auction off the warm-ups online at Seminoles.com. Fans can also purchase official Florida State Paint it Pink shirts at the game for only $5 with all proceeds staying local and going to the Tallahassee Memorial Sharon Walker Ewing Breast Center.
Don't forget March Madness is right around the corner and you can participate right here in Tallahassee. The women's team is currently ranked 17th and are 3-1 in ACC play so they are perfectly poised to earn another trip to the NCAA Tournament. And Florida State will play host to the first round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championships this March 20-22 in the Tucker Center. Fans can purchase tickets and be able to see some of the best women's teams in the country right here on Seminoles.com
Sun Sports is really proud of a special on Bobby Bowden that will air for the first time this Tuesday (June 26) at 8:00 p.m. Here's a description of the program in their own words...
Here's what viewers can expect to see....The show looks at what makes Bobby Bowden tick...a look at both his personal and professional make-up. There are recollections from people who know him well from all eras.. plus Bobby himself. In the most basic terms, this is- aside from wins and losses, and aside from maybe even football.. why Bobby Bowden is who he is. Also, it's candid reactions from people to his departure, and a very recent candid conversation with Bobby about his own feelings and what's next for him. Throughout all of this.. we weave in and out of segments & topics using footage from Bobby's last game, the 2010 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. We're also using quite a bit of historical footage throughout from over 30 years of Bobby's career.
While on the subject of Sun Sports, I hope you tune in Seminole Sports Magazine each and every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with The Leonard Hamilton Show immediately following that at 10:30.
FSU fans donated nearly $7,400 for Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti in at the door donations at the men's and women's basketball games last weekend.