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Other sports raise expectations for Noles and Gators football programs

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With Memorial Day weekend winding down, it’s been another tremendous May for the Florida State and Florida baseball and softball programs. And when you add up what Seminoles and Gators basketball programs have also added recently, there will be a lot to live up to, on the football grid iron in Tallahassee and Gainesville.

Coming off the weekend, FSU and Florida softball both advanced their World Series in Oklahoma City. The Lady Gators have a sense of “unfinished business” having gotten all the way to the final two teams playing in 2017. However, Oklahoma beat them the for the National Championship  in the final series.

They advanced to this year’s final eight teams with a dramatic walk off homer to defeat Texas A&M Sunday afternoon:

The Lady Noles are in the final eight by virtue of defeating LSU twice in the same day in their super regional and will be playing UCLA in their opening game in Oklahoma City.

On the baseball diamond, the Gators are the defending champions from 2017 (above), and Monday afternoon on the NCAA baseball tournament selection show, Florida was tabbed as the #1 overall seed in the 64 team tournament. The Gators will obviously host their regional this weekend in Gainesville.

As for FSU, it was a huge weekend for them, as they captured the ACC Baseball Tournament title with an 11-8 win over Louisville and it was also announced Monday afternoon now they’re hosting an NCAA sub-regional in Tallahassee starting Friday.

Now, you couple the softball and baseball success with the recent March Madness success in men’s basketball for both Florida State and Florida and the accomplishments are mounting.

FSU, after upsetting top seed Xavier, narrowly missed a shot at the Final Four losing the West Regional final to Michigan in the final minutes. Florida advanced to the second round the Men’s 2018 NCAA before being eliminated. However, in March of 2017, they too were on the door step of the Final Four before losing in the Elite Eight game to South Carolina.

Look, we all know and agree that football is the primary focus of athletics of FSU and Florida (and 90% of the Power Five conferences, too).

Still, FSU languished through 2017 and their head coach, Jimbo Fisher, spent more time in November trying to become the Texas A&M coach than still being the FSU coach.

And, the Gators had an awful losing season where they ran the coach, Jim McElwain, out of North Florida faster than you could spell “Gators.”

Now it’s Willie Taggart and Dan Mullen’s turns to try to get them back to national success and relevance.

And one thing is for sure, the other programs around them have set the bar high with their postseason play.

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