From time to time, I try to do a post of links I enjoyed reading. There is an awesome Wednesday Open Recruiting Thread coming, either this week or next. I hope you enjoy these.
First off, Happy birthday to Demonte McAllister, who turns 19 today. That means he can legally buy cigarettes in states like Alabama. Wanna feel old? He was born in 1990.
Georgia's players are taking an increased role in policing themselves. I hate articles like this. Every off season we get articles letting us know teams plan to be more disciplined, that players are lifting weights, and that every single coordinator hired will be "more aggressive." After reading a story on UF's Brandon Spikes holding nightly defensive meetings at his house, I wondered if any of our players are doing this. Who are our leaders?
I am happy that we will have an experienced quarterback playing for us this fall. Michael Spath of Rivals.com takes a look at the top true freshmen signalcallers of the last half decade.
Michael Blunda has a nice story about Everette Brown looking to avoid the type of career some Seminole edge rushers had. I think it's important to judge each player individually, but he raises some good points.
The Sun Sentinel has two nice pieces about the Miami Hurricanes. I enjoyed these as Randy Shannon opened up more than I thought he would. Considering we'll be the first team to see their new look attack, I'm interested in finding out as much as possible about the 'Canes. They are on their fourth defensive coordinator since 2006. Speaking of Miami, Hinton has a good piece on their new coordinator Mark Whipple. I'm going to try to interview some coaches from his days in the northwest.
Steve Ellis reports that Florida State saved money by ditching Maine. I am in favor of the move, because it's not often that you can get a prime time game on national television.
The ACC is once again dominating the NFL draft like no other conference.
In fact, three of the top four players in this draft come from... the ACC.
|1. Michael Crabtree||WR||Texas Tech||B12|
|2. Aaron Curry||OLB||Wake Forest||ACC|
|3. B.J. Raji||DT||Boston Coll.||ACC|
|4. Eugene Monroe||OT||Virginia||ACC|
Changes to football seating!
This is very exciting. Fans closer to the field. A more concentrated student section. Visiting fans in the nosebleed seats. I'm stoked.
The Florida State athletic department along with the Seminole Boosters are
always looking for ways to make the atmosphere at our home athletic events as good as it can be for the student-athletes playing for our teams and you fans coming to the games. Our goal is to provide the best possible atmosphere at all home competitions including Doak Campbell Stadium.
Over the course of the last football season I asked members of our athletics
department as well as Seminole Booster staff to look at ways we could provide a better atmosphere at home football games, including assessing the seating configurations. We have received input from a number of our constituents including student groups, the Alumni Association, our coaching staff and the players themselves. For additional input, we hired a vendor used by a number of professional sports franchises whose staff anonymously canvassed the complete FSU game experience from arriving in Tallahassee to departing on Sunday. These efforts have resulted in a number of ideas that will be implemented including two plans that involve seating adjustments that will be in place for the 2009 football season.
Our first change is an effort to alleviate the fact that seating for our FSU
student body has been split since the expansion of Doak Campbell Stadium, with some of the students in the north end zone and some in the south. Beginning next season, we are expanding the student area at the north end of the stadium so that the entire student body will sit together in one location surrounding the tunnel where the football team enters and exists the field. This plan has been strongly encouraged by the football coaching staff and should give Doak Campbell an even more energetic feel.
The second change that you will see next season and that will affect some of our season ticket holders is the movement of the visiting team's fans away from the field. We will shift Florida State fans to those seats closest to the field at the south end of the stadium where we previously placed visiting fans. We will shift the visitor's up in the stands which will open up the lower seats and get as many Seminole fans as possible close to the action.
In order to make these changes, it will be necessary to relocate a number of our season ticket holder's seats. You are receiving this email because your seats, or a portion of them, are located in sections that are affected by these
When renewing your season tickets this year (whether online or via the paper
application) you will notice you have the opportunity to order the same number
of season tickets as you had in 2008 but that the location is not listed. At
this time, your season tickets have been reserved in our system but not yet
assigned specific seats.
Beginning in June, the ticket office will allocate the seats of those affected
by these changes in priority point order first - before seating any new orders
or accommodating seat change requests from any other existing season
The majority of season ticket holders with tickets in the south end of the
stadium affected by the relocation of the visiting fans will be moved closer to
the field in lower rows in comparable sections to their current seats. Most
season ticket holders with seats in the north end of the stadium affected by the change to the student allotment will be relocated on the west side of the
stadium in Priority III seats.
I know we all share the same goal of continuing to make Florida State football
games the absolute best that the college game has to offer. We are excited
about the upcoming season and the changes that will make the experience of
coming to the games even better for you the fan. We have more new, fan friendly plans in the works with announcements of those coming up soon.
Thanks for your great support of Florida State football and believe it or not,
the football team has already started off season conditioning and the spring
game (April 4) is just five weeks away!
Baseball went 4-0 over the weekend and we will debut our baseball coverage next week. Basketball links will come tomorrow.