The Seminoles are getting set to play their Spring “Garnet and Gold” game this Saturday, which will be their first under new head coach Willie Taggart. And in advance of that, there have been numerous members of FSU “royalty” who have been coming back to Tallahassee over the last couple of weeks.
Former 1993 Heisman winning QB Charlie Ward came to see the 2018 Noles previously, and then for the first time since his retirement eight years ago, legendary Hall of Fame coach Bobby Bowden was invited back and spoke to the team.
— Gene Deckerhoff (@gened01) April 4, 2018
Amazingly, the winningest coach in NCAA Division One history and the icon, who built FSU into a power for four decades with two national titles, wasn’t given an invite by former coach (and Bowden assistant) Jimbo Fisher during his tenure like last Saturday.
Taggart, who grew up a Bowden and Seminoles fan while playing QB at Bradenton Manatee High, righted that wrong, quickly. This one again demonstrates that Taggart “gets it,” when it comes to the image re-build that’s going on.
Then, on Tuesday afternoon, another icon, 2013 Heisman and National Title winning quarterback Jameis Winston, came to see Taggart and will be around the capitol city throughout the rest of this week.
— Tim Linafelt / FSU (@Tim_Linafelt) April 9, 2018
Winston, the Bucs QB since 2015, will hold an inaugural FSU celebrity golf classic at the Seminole Golf Course and Club that will benefit his “Dream Forever Foundation” that he started in 2017. Winston has been holding foundation events in the Tampa Bay area already, including last week at a Tampa elementary school.
And, the school and Jameis aren’t missing an opportunity to needle arch rival Florida, either.
With the Seminoles baseball team hosting the Gators at Dick Howser Stadium on campus Tuesday night, Winston, who pitched for FSU for two seasons, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.
Clearly, Florida State is wanting some of their old success to rub off on the newest generation of the Noles.
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