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Seminoles open fall camp on Saturday

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 03 North Carolina at Florida State Photo by David Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Football

In a busy offseason of conference realignment, the Florida State Seminoles have found themselves in the center of this week’s rumor mill.

On Monday, the assistant program director of an ESPN Radio affiliate in South Carolina tweeted that sources told him Florida State and Clemson had reached out to the SEC about jumping ship just like Oklahoma and Texas had last week. But unlike the Sooners and Longhorns, both ACC schools have denied the report.

Tuesday, FSU school president John Thrasher released a statement making sure the school’s position on the rumors was clear. The Noles remain in the ACC.

A jump to the SEC would lock in the UF-FSU rivalry as a conference game, but the Seminoles already have a conference in-state rival on the schedule. Our Jon Marchant previewed what we can expect from this year’s matchup with the Miami Hurricanes. Later this week, I’ll have a preview coming up for the Florida Gators game that is a “shoe-in” to keep your attention.

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Speaking of cleats, the Seminoles got some new ones in Tuesday just ahead of fall camp.

During camp all eyes will be on the QB competition between McKenzie Milton and Jordan Travis. Tuesday, Seminoles.com released a one-on-one interview with Travis from ACC Media Days looking ahead to the start of camp and his thoughts on the guys he shares the QB room with in Tallahassee.

NFL teams have already reported for their fall camp with preseason games starting on Thursday (yes, tomorrow). One secondary Seminoles fans should keep their eyes on is the Los Angeles Chargers feature both Asante Samuel Jr. and Derwin James Jr. on the backend of the defense.

Speaking of James, the Pro Football Focus College Twitter account was showing him some love as one of the greatest freshmen in the game over the last seven seasons.

Recruiting

A return to the top of college football in Tallahassee is going to have to come through strong recruiting especially in the trenches. Mike Norvell and his staff have certainly made the line the priority in recruiting and landed yet another big man up front. CoachAB took an in-depth look at what the Noles are getting in Jaylen Early and it’s check, check, check on three of the biggest traits in a successful lineman.

Basketball

Former Florida State Seminole, now Toronto Raptor Scottie Barnes is hoping he can be the latest of Leonard Hamilton’s sixth man turned top 5 picks to make it big in the NBA. The NBA’s Twitter account shared his journey to the Association.

Former Nole Trent Forrest is currently battling to get a bigger role with the NBA himself. After making a handful of brief appearances with the Utah Jazz last season, a solid summer league could land him a spot in the rotation this season. So far, so good on that mission.

The Florida State women’s basketball team released its non-conference schedule on Tuesday. It includes a visit to Gainesville, a trip to Illinois for the Big 10/ACC Challenge and a Thanksgiving stop in St. Petersburg for the St. Pete Showcase.

Baseball

Speaking of St. Pete, it was a reunion at the Trop this week with the Seattle Mariners playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Some Noles made the trip down Florida’s west coast to catch up with former players, Rays manager Kevin Cash and Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh.

Soccer

As football gets ready to start its camp, FSU soccer got its preseason workouts underway.

The road back to the national championship game gets started in just over two weeks when they host Texas A&M on August 19th.