Go Seminoles! Florida has had some great college teams, and the Seminoles are one of them. Often perceived as the “bad guys” and hated [reminds me of the NFL Cowboys!], they should be admired for their winning spirit and record. Here is some background info, some news, and some fun facts about this powerhouse football team.
BACKGROUND — The Florida State Seminoles represent Florida State University in Tallahassee. They are a member of the NCAA and primarily compete in the ACC since the 1991-92 season. The seminoles have won 18 team National Titles. Florida State Athletics began in 1902 when the FSU football teams played three seasons; the 1905 Buckman Act organized the seven Florida colleges into three institutions, segregated by race and gender. As a result of this, the coeducational Florida State College was renamed the Florida State College for Women. Florida State University became a co-ed institution. The “Seminoles” name, chosen in 1947, refers to Florida’s Native American Seminole people, who resisted attempts by the US government to remove them from Florida.
- After losing their offensive star and after a pair of defensive standouts left for the NFL, the FSU Seminoles will at least keep around their special-teams ace-in-the-hole one more season; kicker Roberto Aguayo will return to the Seminoles.
- Star FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and 2013-14 ACC and National Champion, is entering the NFL draft.
- Winston announced he will enter the NFL draft after announcements by defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. and cornerback P.J. Williams.
- Cornerback Ronald Darby also announced he will leave after his senior season to enter the draft.
- Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman hasn’t yet decided if he will opt out of his senior season to go for the draft.
- Ongoing CONTROVERSY: On November 14, 2013, the Florida State Attorney’s Office announced re-open an investigation involving freshman quarterback Jameis Winston regarding an alleged sexual assault filed on December 7, 2012.
SOME INTERESTING FACTS
- Since 1978 FSU teams have been represented by the images Osceola and Renegade, an actual historical figure and war leader Osceola. The model for the image was FSU music professor Thomas Wright, who also composed the Florida State University Fight Song and Victory Song.
- Florida State has two traditional rivals in all sports — especially football — with the University of Florida Gators and the University of Miami Hurricane — and the Gators are a famous rival.
- Since Florida State University was founded with money from Francis Eppes VII, a grandson of Thomas Jefferson, principal author of the Declaration of Independence and founder of the University of Virginia, both teams play for the Jefferson-Eppes trophy in football.
- The Seminoles don’t have a mascot. It is referred to as a “symbol,” portrayed mostly by a student with face paint.