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An Open Letter to Florida State

I have had enough. Cupcakes are so last year.

I know that this may not be in line with TN's views on non-conference scheduling, and that many see an "easy win" schedule as our best path to the national title conversation. But, as a member of the ACC, we can no longer afford that luxury.

I needed to get this off my chest. So, I sent the following email to the office of Randy Spetman.


Mr. Spetman -

I am writing as a proud, yet concerned alumnus of Florida State. Our football scheduling policy needs to change. It needs to change now.

We play in a weaker conference. This is no secret. Even as a current one-loss team, the schedule is hurting our chances to compete for a national title. If we are not going to join the SEC - which many alumni believe we should - then we should strengthen our schedule to compete against the SEC.

Scheduling FCS schools every season not only hurts us in terms of perception, it hurts Florida State financially. I will not fly from Los Angeles to Tallahassee to watch us play Murray State or Savannah State. Or Texas State. Or Wofford. Or Citadel. I will travel to see us play Georgia. Alabama. Texas. Ole Miss. Ohio State. Nebraska. Oklahoma.

I know that I am not alone.

We lose money because of empty seats. Doak has empty seats because of unattractive match ups with overmatched opponents. We're better than that.

With the upcoming four team playoff, we need to beef up our non-conference schedule. Ohio State is already adopting this approach. Future schedules that include Oregon, North Carolina, TCU, and Texas not only improve their strength of schedule, but they provide attractive games to fill seats. Not to mention a bigger reach into other recruiting hotbeds. Do we not want the same for FSU?

Let us not forget how we got here. Florida State used to be willing to play anyone, anywhere. Let us get back to that anyone being someone.

So far, no response.

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