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June 12, 2013 | By Gary Klein
The intrigue surrounding Florida State signee Matthew Thomas and USC has apparently ended. A day after his father said Thomas wanted a release from his national letter of intent so he could transfer to USC , Thomas on Tuesday released a statement to Warchant.com that said he would remain with the Seminoles. Thomas, a linebacker, attended high school in Miami. "After meeting with coach [Jimbo] Fisher and his staff and gathering all the information I have decided to honor my commitment to Florida State," Thomas said in the statement.
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January 6, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The teams in the final Bowl Championship Series national title game Monday at the Rose Bowl took completely different roads to Pasadena. Florida State used the high-speed express lane on its way to 13-0, cruising by one opponent after another. Auburn (12-1) took the mountainous back route, navigating potholes, detours and a few angry Georgia Bulldogs. It doesn't matter now, they're both here. So, which team takes home the crystal ball? Is it Auburn, a team of destiny that narrowly escaped Washington State in the opener and lost at Louisiana State by two touchdowns but somehow won the Southeastern Conference after two of the most improbable, back-to-back wins in the history of college football?
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March 12, 1989 | JUDITH SIMS
SEMINOLE PATCHWORK MAY be the only completely modern American Indian art. It was never made by hand: The Seminole and Miccosukee Indians in Florida got their hands on some sewing machines in the 1880s, and in the 1930s and '40s the craft reached its creative peak, with Indian women wearing--and selling to tourists--huge full-circle skirts made from thousands of tiny pieces of brightly colored fabrics. The technique looks awesomely labor-intensive, machine or no machine.
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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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August 24, 2000 | Associated Press
Florida State senior linebacker Tommy Polley was given medical clearance to play in the second-ranked Seminoles' opener Saturday against Brigham Young. Polley's return comes nearly eight months after he tore a knee ligament in the second quarter of the Sugar Bowl victory over Virginia Tech that gave the Seminoles the national championship. He showed remarkable progress throughout fall practices and has participated in full-contact drills.
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November 26, 2000 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two legal experts said Saturday that a Seminole County judge should withdraw from hearing a lawsuit challenging 17,000 absentee ballots key to deciding the presidential election in Florida. At issue are revelations that a worker for Circuit Judge Debra Nelson's election campaign this summer had entered voter identification numbers on absentee ballot applications that the campaign sent to individual voters.
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September 29, 2000 | Times Wire Services
Quarterback Chris Weinke's apparent sprained left ankle put a damper on No. 2 Florida State's 59-7 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Maryland on Thursday night at College Park, Md. Weinke threw three touchdown passes before leaving early in the third quarter as the Seminoles, 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the ACC, cruised to their 17th consecutive victory, the nation's longest winning streak. The severity of Weinke's injury was not immediately known. The Seminoles play at No. 10 Miami on Oct. 7.
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November 12, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Lorenzo Booker and James Coleman ran for third-quarter touchdowns Thursday night to help No. 11 Florida State rally past North Carolina State, 17-10, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Raleigh, N.C. The 350th career victory for Seminole Coach Bobby Bowden was far from a masterpiece, with 22 punts, four turnovers and less than 250 yards of combined offense. "It was a defensive game from the very beginning," Bowden said. "I hadn't seen a defensive battle like that in a long time.
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January 6, 2000 | By CHRIS DUFRESNE
It is fitting Bobby Bowden won his second national championship at age 70 because he is the reigning poster septuagenarian for what college football is and where it is not going. Bowden is a throwback in a sport that continues to amazingly and successfully thumb its nose at the future.
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January 4, 2001 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden admitted after Wednesday's 13-2 loss to Oklahoma that his team may have been overconfident after being installed as a double-digit favorite in the Orange Bowl. "I mean, you know, everybody talked about how many pros we got," Bowden said. "I thought we played, offensively especially, that we had been reading our clippings a little bit. That is the way it looked and I am probably correct on that."
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January 5, 2014 | Times staff reports
Auburn run game vs. Florida State run defense Auburn is the top rushing team in major college football, averaging 335.7 yards a game. Tre Mason was a Heisman Trophy finalist after rushing for 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns behind a line led by center Reese Dismukes. Mason, a junior, ran for 304 yards and four touchdowns in 46 carries against Missouri in the Southeastern Conference title game. Quarterback Nick Marshall has gained 1,023 yards and run for 11 touchdowns. Running backs Corey Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne each rushed for more than 600 yards.
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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 7, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
CHARLOTTE - It was a long, emotional week for Florida State players, so you could understand why it took the Seminoles a little time to warm up on a chilly evening. The team didn't know until Thursday whether quarterback Jameis Winston would be able to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game on Saturday at Bank of America Stadium. The program cloud was lifted when State Attorney Willie Meggs ruled charges would not be filed against Winston in a sexual assault complaint filed last December.
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November 24, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The last title chase in Bowl Championship Series history has been narrowed to three undefeated teams and a few one-loss teams still clinging to hope. Previously undefeated Baylor and one-loss Oregon stepped aside this weekend with humiliating road losses to Oklahoma State and Arizona. Unbeaten Ohio State and one-loss Auburn happily filled the standings vacuum but still need help in the next two weeks. Alabama and Florida State remained firmly entrenched in the top two spots in Sunday's release of the BCS standings.
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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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November 3, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
There's another big change in the Bowl Championship Series standings but, once again, it might not be a big deal. Florida State used its big victory over Miami on Saturday to move past Oregon into the No. 2 spot Sunday in the third release of the BCS standings. Alabama remains on top with an average of .980, followed by Florida State at .953 and Oregon at .944. It's unlikely, though, that Florida State can hold the No. 2 spot if all three schools go undefeated. Oregon has a much tougher closing schedule, which starts Thursday against No. 5 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.
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October 11, 2001 | Chris Dufresne
It's almost insulting, really, what Florida State has had to endure in recent weeks. The most dominating program of the last 15 years had one bad Saturday and was effectively written out of this year's national championship script. After all we've done for you kids? History majors would note Bobby Bowden almost always loses a game and bounces back. In 35 years as coach at Samford, West Virginia and Florida State, Bowden has led one undefeated team--12-0 Florida State in 1999.
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November 21, 2000 | Associated Press
Florida State jumped ahead of Miami into second place in the Bowl Championship Series standings, moving the Seminoles a giant step closer to playing in a national title game in the Orange Bowl. The Seminoles (11-1), who completed their season with a 30-7 victory over then-No. 4 Florida on Saturday night, have a .51-point lead over Miami (9-1) but were well behind first-place Oklahoma in the standings released Monday.
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November 2, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Well, Las Vegas got it right (what a shock) and so did the other experts. Florida State was more than three touchdowns better than Miami, handing the "U" a big fat "L" on Saturday night in Tallahassee. The final score: 41-14. Florida State was No. 3 in the Bowl Championship Series standings and Miami was No. 7, but these programs are certainly separated by more than four ranking positions. The Seminoles improved to 8-0 and got to soak up prime-time glory on a rest weekend for No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon.
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November 1, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
It is not a shock to open a paper to find Florida State listed as a 22-point favorite. The Seminoles (7-0) are No. 3 in the Bowl Championship Series standings and have defeated their last three opponents by a combined score of 163-31. Florida State is very good, if not tremendous. It is a shock to open a paper to find Florida State listed as a 22-point favorite over Miami. It would be one thing if Miami were 0-7 and unranked, but Miami is 7-0 and ranked No. 7. It would be one thing if Miami has struggled against Florida State, but the Hurricanes lead the all-time series, 31-26, and 14-9 in Tallahassee.
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