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FSU QB Sean Maguire’s parents gave away Clemson tickets, didn’t think son would play

Sean-Maguire-Florida-StateFlorida State sophomore quarterback Sean Maguire is suddenly scheduled to play a large portion of what could wind up being the No. 1-ranked Seminoles’ biggest game of the season. The turn of events was so sudden, in fact, that Maguire’s parents won’t even be in attendance when their son takes on Clemson for two quarters.

As you know, Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of the Clemson game for his obscene outburst on campus earlier this week. Before that happened, Maguire’s parents gave their tickets to the game to relatives because they assumed Sean would be holding a clipboard for 60 minutes.

“My parents originally gave away the tickets to my cousins,” Maguire told reporters Thursday, per Natalie Pierre of The Tallahassee Democrat. “They were like, ‘You guys go to this game. You’ll have fun tailgating. Sean probably won’t play this game.'”

Apparently there are no takesies backsies, because Maguire’s parents now plan to watch the game on television from their home in New Jersey. They couldn’t find a way to make last-minute travel arrangements, plus some of Sean’s other family members also would have liked to go to Doak Campbell Stadium for the game. Instead, they have all decided to watch it together from home.

You think backup quarterbacks have it tough? Try being their parents.

Keyshawn Johnson Jr. gets scholarship offers from Florida State, Ohio State

Keyshawn Johnson Jr.

Keyshawn Johnson Jr. is still a freshman and didn’t even play varsity football last year, but he’s already picking up some big time scholarship offers.

The youngster and son of former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson attended a recent camp with his Los Angeles-based traveling 7-on-7 football team. The camp must have been well attended by college coaches, because Keyshawn Jr. has picked up five scholarship offers in the past few days. The impressive part is that the offers came from some really strong programs.

Keyshawn Jr., who played freshmen football for at powerhouse Mission Viejo High School in Calif., last season, was offered by Florida State, Arizona State, SMU, Ohio State and Utah.

His dad tweeted that he plans to take unofficial visits to Clemson and Ohio State this spring:

Keyshawn Jr. is listed at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds as a freshman. His dad actually moved from Calabasas to Mission Viejo to serve as an assistant coach for the varsity program last season. One of the program’s most famous alumnus is Mark Sanchez. It looks like the two had a workout together on Saturday:

H/T MaxPreps

Florida State’s national championship rings are pretty impressive

Florida-State-logoLed by 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, the Florida State Seminoles went a perfect 14-0 (8-0 ACC) and claimed their third football national championship earlier this year.

Now that the hard part is over, it’s time to enjoy the spoils that come with being on top of the college football world. This includes the ever popular championship rings.

Courtesy of Mark Robinson, Florida State’s Director of Football Operations, we have a look at fancy keepsakes.

For comparison purposes, here are Alabama’s 2012 national championship rings.

Florida State recruit Jake Pugh’s little brother wears ‘Sucks to be U’ shirt

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Jake Pugh, a four-star linebacker from Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee, decided to remain close to home by committing to Florida State on Wednesday. Pugh signed his letter of intent with the defending national champions while decked out in Seminoles gear, but it was his little brother who stole the show on national signing day.

Pugh had reportedly been considering a number of powerhouse programs before signing with FSU, and Miami was one of them. After Pugh went public with his decision, his little bro rubbed it in to the Hurricanes.

Classic. There’s nothing like using your little brother as a prop to jump right into a rivalry.

Photo via Instagram/Jake Pugh
H/T Eye on College Football

Jimbo Fisher: Auburn stole Florida State’s signs

Jimbo FisherDid Auburn get out to a dominating start against Florida State on Monday night because they had the Seminoles’ signals? Jimbo Fisher seems to believe that is the case.

In a press conference with reporters on Tuesday, the Florida State coach said he had his staff protect signals with a towel in the second half of the game because he believed Auburn had their signs at points in the game.

“They had a couple of our signals a couple times and were getting to them,” Fisher said via AL.com. “That happens, people do it, and that’s our fault.”

Florida State made an adjustment, and it may have paid off.

After being held to 10 points and two scoring drives in the first half, the Noles put together 17 points and three scoring drives on offense in the second half. They were down 21-10 at halftime and won 34-31.

Whether sign stealing was a factor in the game or not, Fisher isn’t bothered by the possibility of Auburn jacking them.

“That’s part of the game,” Fisher said. “I don’t have a problem with that.”

Florida State taunting penalty takes away 2-point conversion (GIF)

Florida State tauntingFor a time during the BCS National Championship Game, it looked like the referees were going to have a major impact on the contest.

Florida State was flagged for a taunting penalty after scoring a touchdown to make it 21-19 Auburn in the fourth quarter. The penalty pushed FSU back 15 yards on the extra point, so they decided to kick instead of trying for two. After making the extra point, FSU trailed 21-20. Luckily they went up by three thanks to a kickoff return for a touchdown by Levonte Whitfield following an Auburn field goal, otherwise the referee’s questionable call would have been considered more of a glaring controversy.

GIF via @SBNation

Jameis Winston says Miami Hurricanes can be the big brother in rivalry

Jameis WinstonFlorida State and Miami are both undefeated entering Saturday’s game between the teams in Tallahassee, but there’s no doubt who’s expected to win. The Seminoles are favored by 21 points, which is the largest spread for two top-10 teams meeting this late in the year since 1980, per pregame.com. Even though FSU is favored by a large margin in the game, Winston is deferring to the Canes’ historical edge in the series in giving them respect.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday ahead of the big game, Winston said Miami can be the big brother in the series.

“It’s more of like a brotherly game,” Winston said of the game. “Miami is obviously down south and it’s a big rivalry. But it’s like we’re going to be in the backyard playing against each other and we want to beat our brother. If they want to be the big brother we want to be the little brother. It’s still a friendly competition.”

The ‘Noles have won the last three meetings and six of the last eight between the teams, but Miami leads all time 31-26 and has five national championships compared to FSU’s two. That’s probably why Winston says Miami can be the big brother.

Note: A previous version of this post incorrectly transcribed Winston’s words as “beat the little brother” when he said “be the little brother,” which is the complete opposite. Winston was respecting Miami’s history in the rivalry rather than disrespecting it. We apologize for the error and creating the perception that Winston slighted Miami when he didn’t.