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August 18, 2010 | Chris Dufresne
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time. No. 15 Florida State Florida State won't be the same without Bobby Bowden as coach, but maybe not worse. Bowden, who took over the program in 1976, retired as one of the all-time greats and will be remembered for transforming a former women's college into a football powerhouse. Things hadn't gone well lately, though, and Florida State couldn't wait any more for coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher, effectively pushing Bowden out after last year's 7-6 season.
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January 6, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
They started the night with a barrage of pregame fireworks in the Rose Bowl. A few hours later, the rockets really went off. This was not so much a game as a roller coaster. If you are a drama lover, an excitement junkie, you couldn't help but get high on this one. The last 4 1/2 minutes were college football's Space Mountain. There was a 100-yard kickoff return by a Florida State freshman, who is only 5 feet 7, who was a state champion sprinter and who goes by either Kermit Whitfield or Levonte Whitfield.
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October 6, 2009 | Lance Pugmire and Ben Bolch, Staff And Wire Reports
The chairman of the Florida State University trustees wants football Coach Bobby Bowden to retire at the end of this season. Jim Smith said Monday the arrangement with Bowden as head coach and his designated successor, Jimbo Fisher , as offensive coordinator isn't working. "We've got too many bosses out there," Smith said. "Jimbo is in a very, very tough situation where people assume he has a whole lot more authority than he really has. He's getting blamed for a lot of things that's just not his fault."
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January 6, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Until the fourth quarter Monday night, USC versus Texas in 2006 was considered the greatest college football game in the 16-year Bowl Championship Series era, maybe ever. Move over, Trojans and Longhorns, you have company. Eight years later, on the same Rose Bowl field, in the last BCS game ever, Florida State rallied from 18 points down to defeat Auburn, 34-31, before a worn-out crowd of 94,208. The winning score came with 13 seconds left, on a two-yard scoring pass from Jameis Winston to Kelvin Benjamin.
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September 6, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
This won't rank among firsts in history alongside Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon, but this weekend's slate of college football games has produced the first 70-point spread in the history of Vegas. Florida State is favored by 70.5 points over Savannah State on Saturday. According to Vegas oddsmakers, we're attributing pregame.com here, that eclipses the 60-point spread Hawaii enjoyed over Northern Colorado in 2007. Just to note, if you took Northern Colorado in that game, you won as Hawaii's winning margin was "only" 57 (63-6)
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September 5, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1. Penn State Coach Joe Paterno easily notched career victory No. 395 with Saturday's 44-14 home victory over Youngstown State, but getting No. 396 this weekend is going to be a Bear because the Nittany Lions travel to Tuscaloosa to challenge No. 1 Alabama. Paterno was 0-4 against former Crimson Tide coach Bear Bryant and says this Alabama team compares favorably to the great squads of yesteryear. 2. No. 13 Miami visits No. 2 Ohio State in rematch of the 2002 season's BCS championship game in the Fiesta Bowl.
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December 1, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
Bobby Bowden said Monday evening at his home that he has not made a decision about his coaching future at Florida State and plans to meet with university officials again today. Bowden told the Associated Press that he is still sifting through "options presented to him." Bowden met with Florida State President T.K. Wetherell and Athletic Director Randy Spetman for an hour Monday morning. The Tallahassee Democrat and ESPN.com are reporting Bowden is expected to announce his retirement.
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December 6, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
So much news broke this week it was easy to forget the reason we all get called together each fall: the games. USC started it by calling a news conference to announce interim coach Ed Orgeron was out and Steve Sarkisian was in as head coach of the Trojans. Haden called last weekend the most difficult days he'd experienced since he quarterbacked the Los Angeles Rams and "got booed a lot. " The jeering now cascades in from the viral arenas of Twitter and Facebook. When Haden emotionally said he hoped Orgeron would "make me look like an idiot," it took five seconds for someone to tweet "it's too late.
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August 8, 2010 | Wire reports
David Nalbandian arrived at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington ranked 117th after missing about 12 of the last 15 months because of injuries. He needed a wild-card invitation merely to get into the field. A week later, he leaves as the hard-court tournament's champion — and someone to watch at the U.S. Open. Argentina's Nalbandian became the first player ranked outside the top 100 to win an ATP title in 2010, using his typically strong service returns and effective baseline game to beat No. 25 Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, 6-2, 7-6 (4)
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August 14, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
There will be plenty of fresh faces at Florida State games this season and one very old one. After years of irreconcilable differences, former coach Bobby Bowden has agreed to be honored at the football kingdom he built from scratch in the 1970s. Bowden, after 33 years, was pushed out after the 2009 season and hasn't attended a game since. He said he wanted to stay behind the scenes to let Jimbo Fisher develop the program, but there was no denying a lingering bitterness. That ends this year when Bowden returns for "Bobby Bowden Day" on Oct. 26 against North Carolina State and then again Nov. 17 versus Syracuse as part of the 20-year anniversary tribute to the 1993 national title team.
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January 5, 2014 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
In December 2006, Bobby Bowden blew off an interview with a Los Angeles reporter who was in Tallahassee, Fla., to preview Florida State's upcoming Emerald Bowl game with UCLA. The reporter was me. Bowden had no time to explain as he rushed out of Doak Campbell Stadium on his way to a waiting plane. He said he'd give me all the time I wanted if I could stay an extra day (and he graciously did), but this was a pressing issue concerning the future of the program. Neither of us could have imagined that trip would lead to Florida State playing Auburn on Monday night in the last Bowl Championship Series title game.
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January 3, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
In case you've been living on Mars and hadn't heard: Florida State junior tight end Nick O'Leary is the grandson of golf great Jack Nicklaus . "I mean, it's just like anything else," O'Leary said Friday. "Just he played golf for a living. " Yes, the same way Picasso just painted for a living. O'Leary, at 6 feet 3 and 248 pounds, is bigger than his granddad and has been a key player in the Seminoles' run to Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl.
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December 6, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
So much news broke this week it was easy to forget the reason we all get called together each fall: the games. USC started it by calling a news conference to announce interim coach Ed Orgeron was out and Steve Sarkisian was in as head coach of the Trojans. Haden called last weekend the most difficult days he'd experienced since he quarterbacked the Los Angeles Rams and "got booed a lot. " The jeering now cascades in from the viral arenas of Twitter and Facebook. When Haden emotionally said he hoped Orgeron would "make me look like an idiot," it took five seconds for someone to tweet "it's too late.
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November 9, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
With Ohio State and Baylor right behind in the Bowl Championship Series standings, Florida State needed a big win over Wake Forest on Saturday, and got it, 59-3. It could have been bigger, too, and unseemly, if not for some class shown by Seminoles Coach Jimbo Fisher . Third-ranked Florida State led, 42-0, at halftime and Fisher removed his Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback, Jameis Winston , after only one series in the third quarter. The move didn't help Winston in the race for postseason honors because he finished with rather pedestrian numbers: He completed 17 of 28 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns with one pass intercepted.
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October 5, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The score was so one-sided it looked like a paycheck game for homecoming. The winning school totaled 614 yards to the losing team's 234 and won the first-down battle, 33-9. So was this No.1 Alabama against winless Georgia State? Actually, it was No. 8 Florida State over No. 25 Maryland. The Seminoles' 63-0 win over the Terrapins in Tallahassee was the most coldblooded dissection of a turtle since your junior high biology class. The only thing missing was formaldehyde.
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September 20, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The announcement that ESPN would be taking its rollicking GameDay show to North Dakota State this week should have been a tip-off to make weekend getaway plans. The network packages these excursions as wholesome, public service peeks into the subdivisions of football people don't get to see. And they certainly can offer up delicious slices of Americana. It also means ESPN got stuck with a lousy slate of games. Sometimes it just works out that way. Kansas State and Texas looked good on paper only a month ago. But that was before Kansas State lost to - North Dakota State!
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September 14, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Coaches say the darnedest things. OK, maybe it was kids. But it could have been coaches. There is something about a season's third week - maybe the tipping point aspect to it - that makes our squadron leaders so prickly and paranoid. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State: "We'll have to play a great game this week in order to compete. " Florida State is favored by 271/2 points over Wake Forest. Nick Saban, mastermind of Alabama's 35-0 shutout against Western Kentucky, bristled, "Nobody here should be feeling warm and cozy.
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January 6, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
They started the night with a barrage of pregame fireworks in the Rose Bowl. A few hours later, the rockets really went off. This was not so much a game as a roller coaster. If you are a drama lover, an excitement junkie, you couldn't help but get high on this one. The last 4 1/2 minutes were college football's Space Mountain. There was a 100-yard kickoff return by a Florida State freshman, who is only 5 feet 7, who was a state champion sprinter and who goes by either Kermit Whitfield or Levonte Whitfield.
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August 14, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
There will be plenty of fresh faces at Florida State games this season and one very old one. After years of irreconcilable differences, former coach Bobby Bowden has agreed to be honored at the football kingdom he built from scratch in the 1970s. Bowden, after 33 years, was pushed out after the 2009 season and hasn't attended a game since. He said he wanted to stay behind the scenes to let Jimbo Fisher develop the program, but there was no denying a lingering bitterness. That ends this year when Bowden returns for "Bobby Bowden Day" on Oct. 26 against North Carolina State and then again Nov. 17 versus Syracuse as part of the 20-year anniversary tribute to the 1993 national title team.
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September 14, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Coaches say the darnedest things. OK, maybe it was kids. But it could have been coaches. There is something about a season's third week - maybe the tipping point aspect to it - that makes our squadron leaders so prickly and paranoid. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State: "We'll have to play a great game this week in order to compete. " Florida State is favored by 271/2 points over Wake Forest. Nick Saban, mastermind of Alabama's 35-0 shutout against Western Kentucky, bristled, "Nobody here should be feeling warm and cozy.
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