Florida State’s football team is off to a horrendous start this season, and even the golf world has taken note. Paul Azinger showcased that during the opening round of the Ryder Cup on Friday.
Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger, two Florida State alumni, were paired together for morning foursomes on Friday. When they finished off Europe’s Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick with a 2-and-1 victory, Azinger couldn’t resist taking a shot at the Seminoles.
Of course, Azinger also went to Florida State. That’s why the Seminoles will likely let him get away with that zinger (pun intended).
Azinger is known for speaking his mind, which we saw when he was critical of Brooks Koepka leading up to the Ryder Cup. His quip on Friday was all in good fun.
Florida State is off to a 0-3 start for the first time since 1976, which was Bobby Bowden’s first year as head coach of the program.
A former Florida State player on Tuesday shared an ominous quote about the team’s locker room status.
P.K. Sam, who played wide receiver for the Seminoles from 2001-2003, says he was told the FSU locker room is “in shambles.”
Florida State is 0-2 this season and got embarrassed when they lost at home to Jacksonville State on Saturday. The play they lost on left their fans stunned as this video showed.
FSU was a powerhouse under the late Bobby Bowden and the program had five strong seasons under Jimbo Fisher before falling back the last handful of seasons. They have had three losing seasons in a row and are 0-2 this year, which is Mike Norvell’s second on the job. The report about their locker room being “in shambles” is probably somewhat of an exaggeration. But they need to turn things around quickly. Nothing fixes matters quite like winning.
Jacksonville State pulled off one of the most thrilling upsets in recent college football history on Saturday night with their win over Florida State. Seminoles fans and players were left stunned, and so were their cheerleaders.
The Gamecocks were trailing the Seminoles 17-14 with 1:23 left. They drove to their 41 with 12 seconds left and threw three straight incompletions. But then on fourth down with two seconds left, Zerrick Cooper found Damond Philyaw-Johnson for a 59-yard touchdown to win the game (video here). The reaction of Florida State’s cheerleaders said it all:
Florida State fell to 0-2 after losing to Notre Dame last week. They took the Fighting Irish to overtime and put up a respectable fight, but they clearly weren’t ready to face Jacksonville State.
To add insult to injury, Jacksonville State players planted their flag on the Seminoles’ logo after the game. It’s hard to imagine the night going much worse for Florida State, and the team’s cheerleaders clearly felt that.
Jacksonville State rubbed it in after beating Florida State on Saturday night.
The Gamecocks knocked off the Seminoles on a touchdown on the final play and won 20-17.
After the game, which left FSU stunned, some Jacksonville State players celebrated at midfield of Doak Campbell Stadium. DJ Coleman planted the Jacksonville State flag on the FSU logo:
That was a huge win for Jacksonville State. But you want to win with respect and lose with respect, and planting a flag at your opponent’s midfield is disrespectful. That sort of act should have FSU absolutely fired up.
The Seminoles begin the conference portion of their schedule next week. They’re 0-2.
Jacksonville State upset Florida State on Saturday night on a great touchdown at the last second.
The Gamecocks were trailing the Seminoles 17-14 with 1:23 left. They drove to their 41 with 12 seconds left and threw three straight incompletions. But then on fourth down with two seconds left, everything changed.
Zerrick Cooper found Damond Philyaw-Johnson for a 59-yard touchdown to win the game.
What a play.
And just like that, Jacksonville State won 20-17, sending Florida State to 0-2. This is not a good start to the 2021 season for FSU.
A major conference shakeup is coming in college athletics, but there is apparently no truth to any talk of Florida State being a part of it.
Texas and Oklahoma have begun the process of leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. On Monday, a report claimed Florida State and Clemson have also reached out to the SEC about the possibility of joining the conference. Florida State president John Thrasher emphatically shot down those rumors in a statement on Tuesday.
“I want to be clear that persistent reports that Florida State has been in contact with the Southeastern Conference are untrue,” Thrasher said, via Stadium’s Brett McMurphy. “We have had no communication with the SEC or any representatives of the SEC.”
The ACC seems more likely to expand by adding a school like Notre Dame than it is to lose any of its top programs. All of the other Power Five conferences will look for ways to improve now that the SEC is adding two more powerhouse programs, but it’s doubtful that Florida State or Clemson are going anywhere.
Texas and Oklahoma have begun the process of leaving the Big 12 to join the SEC, and two more of the nation’s top athletic programs may be feeling left out.
Marc Ryan of WYRD radio in South Carolina says he has been told by a “reliable source” that both Clemson and Florida State have reached out to the SEC about potentially joining the conference. The SEC may not want the two schools, however.
The SEC will have 16 teams when Texas and Oklahoma join, which will likely be in 2025. The Big 12 is going to be in terrible shape when the realignment happens, hence why officials are reportedly considering merging with another Power Five conference.
Clemson is one of the top football schools in the country, so losing them would obviously be devastating for the ACC. We tend to doubt it will happen, as leaving the ACC might make it more difficult for Clemson to get into the College Football Playoff like they do seemingly every year. Though, now that the first domino has fallen, you never know what might happen.
Florida State wasted no time with its recruiting the moment they had a chance.
The Seminoles football team opened its doors at midnight on June 1 to recruits. They invited their recruits to the Moore Athletic Center for the first permitted face-to-face contact with recruits since March 2020.
FSU head coach Mike Norvell and his staffers greeted the recruits who showed up to their “Midnight Madness” event:
Much like a typical college basketball “Midnight Madness” event, this one included the coach riding around on a special car.
Norvell went 3-6 last season, which was his first as FSU’s head coach. He and FSU are hoping that this kind of energy on the recruiting trail will translate to a better record.
A former Florida State football player says he was the victim of racism on a United Airlines flight this week, and he is angry with the airline for allegedly not doing anything about it.
Dontavious Jackson, who played linebacker at Florida State from 2016-2019, took to Twitter on Wednesday night and said he was called a “f—ing n—-r” by a “racist family” on his United flight. He claims police became involved and the family tried to “play the victim card” by telling officers he attacked them. Jackson says he would have been arrested if not for another passenger capturing video of the incident.
Jackson shared what appeared to be a screenshot of a text message conversation he had with the passenger who videotaped the incident. He told the other passenger that officers “only released me because you guys told what really happen.”
Jackson didn’t provide much context, so it’s unclear why the verbal altercation began.
Jackson tallied 156 total tackles in his four seasons at Florida State.
Dabo Swinney continues to slam Florida State for their actions.
Florida State abruptly decided not to play their game on Saturday against Clemson due to a positive COVID-19 test within the Tigers’ program. Swinney on Sunday called out Florida State for their decision, saying that the Seminoles used COVID as an excuse not to play a game the administration knew the school would lose.
Swinney on Monday reiterated on his radio show that the circumstances came nowhere near the guidelines to trigger a cancelation. He said there has always been protocol in place regarding what would result in a canceled game, and that one positive COVID case never fit that criteria.
“The last thing we would ever do is put somebody in harm’s way,” Swinney said. “And it’s an insult to the credibility of our program, the credibility of our medical people. And we all agreed to the same rules, and just magically those rules changed on Saturday morning.”
Swinney also noted that Clemson did not have any positive COVID-19 tests within the program on Sunday.
It seems pretty clear that the Tigers wanted to play the game and met the criteria to play, and that FSU just did not want to. The question is whether you believe FSU was scared to play due to COVID, due to a likely lopsided loss, or some mixture of both.