Florida State AD rips playoff decision to exclude ‘Noles from semis: ‘committee failed college football’
Michael Alford, Florida State’s vice president and athletics director, spared no words by ripping the College Football Playoff committee’s decision to leave the Seminoles out of the national semifinals.
FSU settles discrimination suit with ousted student government president
A former Florida State University student Senate president has settled with the university after he was ousted from his roll in student government for expressing religious objections to the ACLU and the Black Lives Matter organization.
FSU presidential search controversy continues
Florida State University has narrowed down its presidential candidates to three candidates. Notably, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran isn’t one of those, after the university’s accreditation was threatened over his candidacy. But some are now calling for the search to be halted.
Asian-Americans are speaking out against hate crimes
Jacksonville, Fla. – The motive for the killings of eight people in Atlanta is still under investigation, but while the suspect claims sexual addiction was a factor, some say that Asian Americans seem to be the target. There is no denying the growing number of attacks against Asian Americans since the start of the pandemic. Dr. Portia Campos, professor of Public Policy at FSU and an expert on Asian American xenophobia, joined us on The Morning Show to discuss the anti-Asian sentiment in the U.S. Hear her thoughts on the concerning issue by watching the video at the top of this article.
FSU to resume in-person instruction, graduation ceremonies
In another indicator of the push to restore pre-pandemic higher education norms, FSU and the University of Florida will hold in-person graduation ceremonies for spring-semester graduates. Both institutions have announced a series of upcoming reduced-capacity commencements that will mark the universities’ first in-person graduation ceremonies since December 2019. The “condensed” graduation programs will make social distancing possible, university officials said in a press release issued Thursday. As with the plan to reintroduce in-person instruction, FSU is leaving open the possibility that the face-to-face graduation ceremonies could change. “There will be no processional, nor recessional, no platform party, and college deans will not be shaking hands with students,” the university wrote in a news release outlining changes from previous in-person graduation ceremonies.
Opener against Notre Dame, finale against Florida headline FSU schedule
A general view of a Florida State Seminoles Helmet on the field before the game against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on December 2, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)Florida State is opening the season at home against Notre Dame and closing the year with a rivalry football game against Florida as the Atlantic Coast Conference segues back into a normalcy in 2021. The conference is back to two divisions — with no Notre Dame — and plans to open the season over five days beginning Labor Day weekend. The Seminoles will play eight ACC games this season and four nonconference opponents, highlighted by a Sept. 5 game in Tallahassee against Notre Dame. Florida State 2021 football scheduleDate, OpponentSept. 5, Notre Dame (Sunday)Sept. 11, Jacksonville StateSept. 18, at Wake ForestSept. 25, LouisvilleOct. 2, SyracuseOct. 9, at North CarolinaOct. 23, UMassOct. 30, at ClemsonNov. 6, NC StateNov. 13, MiamiNov. 20, at Boston CollegeNov. 27, at Florida
FSU’s final game of the season canceled due to COVID-19 concerns
He released a statement Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 saying he tested positive Friday. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)Florida State’s up and mostly down football season is officially over. The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Friday that the Seminoles’ regular season finale against Wake Forest had been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns on the FSU roster. Florida State will finish its season at 3-6 in coach Mike Norvell’s first year in Tallahassee. Florida State had two other games this season canceled due to coronavirus concerns, Clemson and Virginia.
Report: UF hoops player Johnson in medically induced coma after collapse
University of Florida men’s basketball player Keyontae Johnson is in a medically induced coma following his collapse on the court during a Saturday game against FSU, USA Today reported. According to he report, Johnson’s grandfather, Larry DeJarnett, told USA Today that doctors hoped to try and bring him out of the coma Monday. Florida said in a statement that Johnson had been successfully transferred to UF Health in Gainesville. Johnson had just dunked in transition before he crumpled to the floor as the team broke its huddle. Johnson, a 6-foot-5 junior from Norfolk, Virginia, averaged a team-high 14 points last season to go along with 7.1 rebounds.
Bobby Bowden continues improving after COVID-19 battle
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bobby Bowden continues to recover from a positive test for COVID-19 and Wednesday, he released a statement on his health that included endorsements of President Donald Trump. In a letter posted to social media and emailed elsewhere, Bowden said that he was treated for COVID-19 with Remdesivir, one of the same drugs used to treat the President’s COVID-19. I just went through a battle with Covid-19 and God just want' ready to take me Home yet to be with Him. But thanks to the help of Dr. Michael Forsthoefel and the support of Ann and my children, I beat it. Bowden will turn 91 on Nov. 8, five days after election day.
FSU President John Thrasher & wife cleared after COVID-19 infections
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After testing positive for COVID-19 this month, Florida State University President John Thrasher and his wife, Jean, have been cleared by the state Department of Health. “I am happy to share that Jean and I were cleared Friday by the Florida DOH after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, and we are resuming many of our regular activities,” the university president posted Monday on Twitter. “We are feeling good and appreciate all the prayers and well wishes!”The university announced Oct. 6 that the Thrashers had tested positive. At the time, John Thrasher, 76, said he was working at home while the couple isolated.
Bobby Bowden leaves hospital after COVID-19 treatment
Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden was released from a hospital Thursday after being treated for COVID-19. Bowden family friend Kim Shiff said the 90-year-old college Hall of Famer was back home after a weeklong stay at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. He had received word of the positive test a few days after returning to his Tallahassee home from a lengthy hospital stay for an infection in his leg. Bowden told the Tallahassee Democrat earlier this week that he was “doing good” and expected to be released soon. Bowden coached Florida State for 34 years and is second on the career victories list in major college football with 357, behind only the late Joe Paterno of Penn State.
FSU coaching legend Bobby Bowden has COVID-19
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has tested positive for COVID-19, he told the Tallahassee Democrat on Monday morning. The iconic Bowden, 90, said that he was the only person in his household who tested positive for the virus. “I don’t feel bad yet, I guess I can loaf around the rest of the week,” Bowden told the newspaper. Bowden retired after the 2009 season and a 33-21 win in the Gator Bowl over West Virginia. Bowden coached for 40 years in major college football, first at Samford, then West Virginia and finally at Florida State.
FSU cancels spring break to prevent further virus spread
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As coronavirus cases spike among Florida State University students, the school has decided to cancel spring break next year. In a message to students, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sally McRorie announced changes to the school’s calendar which included doing away with spring break in 2021. “The university continues its efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and we believe these adjustments will reduce the potential for members of the campus community to return to Tallahassee with the virus after traveling during spring break,” McRorie wrote. Tallahassee police said it was one of a dozen large gatherings they broke up over the weekend, including one Sunday where two people were injured by gunfire. Florida State University reported that more than 1,400 students and 26 employees had tested positive for COVID-19 through Sept. 18.
FSU shows signs of improving COVID-19 numbers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Officials at Florida State University say COVID-19 numbers are starting to improve. So far, the university has identified 1,428 cases since reopening for the fall semester, but in the latest report, positivity rates and case numbers appear to be trending downward. Following a week of more than 400 new cases and a positivity rate of 12.9%, the university’s newly released report shows 178 new cases and a positivity rate of 6.7%. Hecht says most of the students who are testing positive appear to be contracting the virus off campus. In an effort to curb transmission, the university announced students who test positive and break quarantine will face possible suspension.
FSU’s Mike Norvell to miss game after testing positive for COVID-19
Florida State coach Mike Norvell will miss an upcoming game against Miami after testing positive for COVID-19, the school announced on Saturday. Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will handle head coaching duties in Norvell’s absence. “In our most recent round of Covid testing yesterday, I received a positive result after being negative in our previous two tests this week. Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will handle in-person head coaching duties until I am able to return. At this point, based on our testing this week, we have no reason to believe that the Miami game is in jeopardy.”
UF, FSU ranked in top 20 public universities
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Florida and Florida State University remained ranked among the top 20 public universities in the country Monday, as U.S. News & World Report released annual ratings that have become a closely watched scorecard for colleges. UF tied with the University of California-Santa Barbara for sixth in top public universities, after being ranked seventh last year. UF also was tied for 30th among national universities, the top ranking of Florida public or private schools. The University of South Florida tied for 46th among public universities, while the University of Central Florida tied for 77th and Florida International University was in a tie for No. Among national universities, the University of Miami was tied for 49th, the second-highest ranking in the state behind UF.
FSU President John Thrasher to retire; search begins for successor
Burr said while the board will begin the search process earlier than anticipated and he has no plans to name an interim president. While his contract this year, Thrasher will remain in office until a new president can take the helm. Thrasher also posed a heartfelt message to “the FSU Family,” recounting his long history with the university and career. A special board meeting will be scheduled in the coming weeks to discuss the establishment of a presidential search committee as well as the search process, Burr said. “I assure you that I will continue to work tirelessly with our leadership team to continue FSU’s positive momentum.”
FSU postpones homecoming until spring
Pointing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida State University Alumni Association announced Friday that it is postponing annual homecoming festivities until spring. The festivities had been scheduled for the week of Nov. 9 to Nov. 14. The association did not immediately announce a spring date. “Homecoming is one of Florida State’s most cherished traditions,” university President John Thrasher said in a prepared statement. “Although we won’t be able to gather this fall, we hope to welcome friends and alumni back to campus and celebrate everything we love about FSU with students, faculty and staff this spring --- one of the most beautiful times of year in Tallahassee.”
FSU wont allow tailgating for its home opener next Saturday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Tailgating wont be allowed for fans at Florida State for the Seminoles home opener next Saturday. The school announced that decision Friday afternoon. Florida State hosts Georgia Tech on Sept. 12 in the opening game of the season. The school didnt expand on if that restriction would stretch past its first home game. Given what is going on throughout the country and the number of COVID cases in Leon County, we have determined that for the safety of all involved we will not allow tailgating for the Georgia Tech game, said FSU athletic director David Coburn.
FSU Student Senate may oust 2nd president this month
The Student Senate at FSU voted June 5 to remove its president for statements he made about Black Lives Matter. FSU’s current Student Senate President Ahmad Daraldik grew up in Palestine. “What it simply says is that antisemitic conduct, speech, behaviors, etcetera, have to be treated in an identical manner as racist speech and conduct,” said Rep. Randy Fine, sponsor of the legislation. In an email, FSU said it investigates all complaints, and that student conduct and disciplinary matters are protected by federal and state privacy laws. The Student Senate voted 19-16 last week to remove Daraldik but the vote fell short of the needed two-thirds majority.
Florida State University students move out of dorms
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Students returned to Florida State University’s campus on Thursday to move out of their dorms, nearly three months after they closed because of the pandemic. While students are moving out, university leaders are continuing to develop plans designed to keep students safe when they return to campus in the fall. When students left for spring break, they didn’t realize it’d be the last time they’d see campus for nearly three months. And the University of Florida has suggested testing wastewater at dorm buildings for virus particulars in order to spot outbreaks. While most students are moving out at FSU, the university told us international students are still living in the dorms since they can’t travel back home.
Gators Breakdown: Lorenzo Lingard eligible | 2020 Opponent Whiparound - Part 2
One of the biggest areas for improvement for the Gators in 2020 is the running game and that position received some great news as transfer Lorenzo Lingard has been granted immediate eligibility from the NCAA. Join David Waters and Will Miles (ReadandReaction.com) as they break down the running game with Lingard now on the depth chart. Also, David wraps up the 2020 opponent whiparound coverage with quick previews of Georgia, Vanderbilt, Missouri, and Florida State. LISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownFollow David Waters on Twitter @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | Apple Podcasts | YouTube | Google Play | Stitcher
Student’s death sparks call for enhanced pedestrian safety around FSU
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The death of an FSU student crossing a busy road near campus has sparked a public outcry for enhanced pedestrian safety around campus. FSU student Natalie Nickchen, 19, was hit and killed while crossing a busy road near campus after a driver ran a red light. So I've seen how dangerous it is and then when I found out a fellow classmate had gotten killed I just knew I had to do something and start taking action about this,” said FSU student Noelle Enright. It seeks to increase safety at the crosswalk by building either a pedestrian overpass or a tunnel below the road. Just down the street there is already an underpass leading to campus across the same busy road.
Thrasher points to progress in fighting hazing at FSU
Two years after the hazing death of a fraternity pledge, Florida State University President John Thrasher said Thursday a “major culture shift is underway” as a result of university policies and a new state anti-hazing law. People can receive immunity if they call 911 or campus security to report the need for medical assistance during hazing incidents. Thrasher, a former state House speaker and senator, said Andrew’s Law has “definitely made a big difference” on campus. The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reported the separate suspensions of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority due to hazing-related incidents. The Democrat reported that Delta Tau Delta was suspended by its national office, while Theta Nu Xi was suspended by the university.
This Week In Jacksonville: FSU President John Thrasher
FSU President John Thrasher on the school's high ranking as a public university. Empowering young men with the Duval Chapter of 5,000 Role Models of Excellence. And Councilman Gaffney on an opprtunity for small businesses. Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
FSU professor's murder trial in jury's hands
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The fates of two people accused of killing an FSU professor are now in the hands of twelve jurors. She goes straight to Charlie Adelson, who goes straight to Katherine Magbanua, who goes straight to Sigfredo Garcia. We are all trusting you to render a wise and legal verdict in this case, Cappleman said. To force her to cooperate, so they could get what they have been going after for years now, the Adelson family, said Attorney Chris DeCoste. The Adelsons have not been charged with any crime, and they deny any involvement in the Markel murder.
FSU President John Thrasher, 5,000 Role Models of Excellence, and City Councilman Reggie Gaffney
FSU President John Thrasher on the school's high ranking as a public university. Empowering young men with the Duval Chapter of 5,000 Role Models of Excellence. And Councilman Gaffney on an opportunity for small businesses.
This Week In Jacksonville: FSU President John Thrasher
FSU President John Thrasher on the school's high ranking as a public university. Empowering young men with the Duval Chapter of 5,000 Role Models of Excellence. And Councilman Gaffney on an opprtunity... Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
Realtor testifies in trial of murdered FSU professor
TALLAHASSEE - Stacks of cash in a safe and paychecks for a job a woman accused of coordinating the murder of an FSU professor didnt have were topics of important testimony Thursday. Convicted murderer turned informant Luis Rivera testified he, Sigfredfo Garcia and Katie Magbanua were paid a $100,000 in cash for killing law professor Dan Markel. Realtor June Umchinda dated Charlie Adelson, the brother of Markels ex-wife, for over a year. Velazquez-Mascara also testified she was asked to keep Magbanuas kids the night before Dan Markel was murdered, but never told their father, Sigfredo Garcia. No member of the Adelson Family has been charged with a crime and the family denies any involvement in the murder of Dan Markel.
Markel murder case: Witness' credibility under fire
TALLAHASSEE - Defense attorneys for two people charged in the murder of FSU law professor Dan Markel spent Wednesday in court trying to destroy the credibility of the states star witness. They continue to point out the accomplice, Luis Rivera, will spend less than seven years in prison for the murder. Rivera and Sigfredo Garcia, the accused shooter, have been friends for 30 years. Youre wrong, man.This got nothing to do with no Latin Kings. No Latin Kings, Rivera said.
Gators Breakdown: Opponent Preview - Miami and FSU
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Gators Breakdown kicks off our opponent previews with in-state rivals Miami and FSU. LISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownDavid Waters is joined by Mark Rogers, of Mark Rogers TV, to break down the bookends of Florida's 2019 schedule. Follow @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | A pple Podcasts | YouTube | Google PlayCopyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
Gators Breakdown: What does Florida need to prove in 2019?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It's nothing new... Florida has one of the toughest schedules in the country. From opening the season vs Miami, a brutal mid-season stretch, and closing with rival FSU the Gators have their work cut out for them. LISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownDavid Waters is joined by Will Miles on what Florida needs to prove this season with that tough schedule and get fan's thoughts on what the matter as well. Follow @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in:Megaphone | A pple Podcasts | YouTube | Google PlayCopyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
Gators Breakdown: What does Florida need to prove in 2019?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It's nothing new... Florida has one of the toughest schedules in the country. From opening the season vs Miami, a brutal mid-season stretch, and closing with rival FSU the Gators have their work cut out for them. LISTEN: Catch up on previous episodes of Gators BreakdownDavid Waters is joined by Will Miles on what Florida needs to prove this season with that tough schedule and get fan's thoughts on what the matter as well. Follow @GatorDave_SEC to stay plugged in, or click one of the following to tune in: