09/20/2014

Winston suspended for entire Clemson game

Florida State announced late Friday night that quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for the entirety of tonight's matchup with No. 24 Clemson.

The announcement came via an emailed statement from interim president Garnett Stokes and athletics director Stan Wilcox.

FSU announced Wednesday that Winston had been suspended for only the first half of tonight's game for making profane and obscene comments on campus. But the results of the university's investigation led to a greater punishment.

Full statement:
Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday’s incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night.

Interim President Garnett S. Stokes
Athletic Director Stan Wilcox

09/17/2014

Jameis Winston suspended for first half of Clemson game

TALLAHASSEE – Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first half of Saturday's showdown with Clemson after reportedly yelling obscenities on campus.

Deadspin.com first reported that Winston stood on top of a table on campus and yelled a profane phrase that has become a popular joke among college students.

A joint statement released by interim President Garnett Stokes and athletics director Stan Wilcox said FSU's student-athletes are “expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University.”

The statement went on to refer to Winston's comments as “offensive and vulgar” and said that he'll receive internal discipline.

The suspension came about an hour after coach Jimbo Fisher said on a teleconference that FSU was considering a punishment for Winston. The third-year sophomore won the Heisman Trophy and led the Seminoles to a national title in 2013.

Fisher said at the time that the university was “deciding” an appropriate consequence.

“It was not a good decision,” Fisher said. “You can't make statements that are derogatory. You have to understand that.”

Third-year sophomore Sean Maguire will start in Winston's place.

Maguire has 144 passing yards and two touchdowns in his career as a reserve. He entered spring of 2013 as FSU's fourth-team quarterback before Clint Trickett and Jacob Coker both transferred.

09/08/2014

FSU to host Clemson in primetime

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that No. 1 Florida State's showdown with No. 24 Clemson will kick off at 8 p.m. ABC will broadcast the game.

It marks the third straight season that the Seminoles and Tigers have met in primetime. The winner of the FSU-Clemson game has gone on to win the ACC Atlantic Division in each of the past five seasons.

09/07/2014

FSU stays No. 1

The Florida State football team remained atop both major polls following its 37-12 victory over The Citadel on Saturday.

Oregon jumped over Alabama into the No. 2 spot in the AP poll, but the Coaches' top 5 remained unchanged.

FSU (2-0) receive 51 first-place votes in the Coaches' poll but dropped to 38 first-place votes in the AP poll. That's down from 46 last week.

09/06/2014

FSU announces changes to helmets, uniforms

Florida State on Saturday morning announced more tweaks to the football team's helmets and uniforms.
 
The particular shade of gold on the helmets and garnet on the facemasks had drawn criticism from fans and observers who said the colors didn't match FSU's traditional colors.
 
FSU is also making changes to the numbers on its white away jerseys. The gold numbers, which debuted last week at AT&T Stadium and proved hard to read both in the stands and on television, will be replaced with garnet.
 
The changes are expected to begin today, but will take a few weeks to fully implement.
 
Below is the official release from Florida State:
 
"Saturday night at AT&T Stadium was the first opportunity we had to see the color of our helmets and facemasks under stadium and broadcast television lights.  The shades of both the Garnet facemasks and the Gold of our football helmets did not accurately represent those of our tradition-rich past.
 
"Beginning with today’s game against The Citadel, we will begin the process of returning our helmet colors to the more traditional look to which Seminole fans are accustomed. Versus the Citadel, the facemask will change to one that more closely resembles the shade of Garnet used on the jerseys you will see today. By the time the team takes the field against Clemson, the color of our helmets will return to their more traditional Gold.
 
"As the season moves forward we will also be returning the Garnet numbers to our away white jerseys.  All of these adjustments take time but we are working with our equipment partners to make these changes happen as soon as possible. Enjoy today’s home opener and Go Noles!"
 

09/05/2014

FSU LB Thomas indefinitely suspended

Florida State announced Friday that redshirt freshman linebacker Matthew Thomas has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

Thomas, a former standout at Booker T. Washington High, has missed the last month of practice. Coach Jimbo Fisher has said that Thomas' absence was due to an ankle injury.

Fisher said Thursday that he hoped for Thomas to resume practice sometime in the next week.

FSU's Casher immediately eligible

Florida State announced Friday that defensive end Chris Casher is clear for competition following the resolution of an academic matter.

Casher missed last week's Oklahoma State game, and coach Jimbo Fisher said Thursday that Casher would sit out Saturday's game against The Citadel as well

The matter apparently was resolved since.

09/03/2014

FSU sells out home opener

Florida State announced Wednesday afternoon that tickets for Saturday's home opener against The Citadel have sold out.

The news comes on the heels of an overwhelmingly successful summer for the FSU ticket office. FSU's allotment of 47,000 season tickets are already sold out for the first time since 2003, and single-game tickets remain only for the Wake Forest, Virginia and Boston College games.

Saturday's contest is set for a 7 p.m., kickoff and will be televised on regional sports networks.

09/02/2014

FSU stays atop national polls

An uneven performance against Oklahoma State cost Florida State some first-place votes, but it didn't knock the Seminoles from the top spot.

The Seminoles remained No. 1 in both the Coaches and AP polls following their 37-31 win over Oklahoma State.

FSU, however, isn't as popular a pick with the media after Week 1. It received just 46 first-place votes in the AP poll -- down from 57 in the preseason.

The coaches were more kind, giving the Seminoles 57 of 62 first place votes, up one from the preseason poll.

Two Seminoles earn ACC POTW honors

Florida State receiver Rashad Greene and defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., each earned ACC Player of the Week honors following their efforts in FSU's 37-31 victory over Oklahoma State.

Greene, a senior who played at St. Thomas Aquinas, was named receiver of the week after a career night. He finished with 11 catches, 203 yards and a long, fourth-quarter touchdown that gave FSU some needed breathing room.

Edwards, meanwhile, posted four tackles, a sack and a pass break-up. He forced a key intentional grounding penalty that derailed a key OSU drive in the fourth quarter.