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Sunday is fifth anniversary of Noles dramatic BCS Title Win

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For Seminoles fans Sunday night is a pleasant memory and the fifth anniversary of one of Florida State’s greatest finishes in all-time history. January 6th 2014, FSU defeated Auburn in the final BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

Quarterback Jameis Winston came off of recently being named the Heisman Trophy winner to lead the game-winning touchdown drive in dramatic fashion. Take a look:

When Winston hit receiver Kelvin Benjamin with the two yard score and only 1:06 remaining, Florida State completed its first 14 – 0 season in program history.

Many fans may not remember, but the Noles actually trailed badly 21 – 3 in the first half of the game as the SEC Champion Tigers appeared to be well on their way to win the championship. Remember also, that Auburn had pulled off two of the craziest wins is there program history in back-to-back SEC games just to be part of the game.

Those Tigers defeated Georgia on a fourth-down bomb in the final minute that was deflected to receiver Ricardo Louis for the winning touchdown.

That was trumped two weeks later by the most famous play in the history of the Alabama – Auburn “Iron Bowl” rivalry. That’s when, running back Chris Davis fielded a missed Bama field goal and raced 109 yards on the return on the final play of regulation defeat the Tide and clinch the SEC West Title.

However, fast-forwarding to that night in the Rose Bowl, the Tigers magic finally ran out, as Winston led the comeback ending it with the 90-yard drive in the waning moments to send FSU fans into pandemonium.

January 6th, 2014 was also Winston’s 20th birthday (he’s obviously now 25) and it’s the crowning moment of his college career. The Noles would win 13 straight games in 2014 before losing in the newly created College Football Playoff semi-final in that same Rose Bowl Stadium.

Winston would go on to be drafted number 1 overall the following April by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As for Benjamin, he was also a first-round pick of the Carolina Panthers and their teammate, Devonta Freeman who ran for 73 yards and a TD in the game, later was a fourth round pick of the Atlanta Falcons.

The Championship win also validated the coaching career of Jimbo Fisher, who had replaced the legendary Bobby Bowden, and garnered Florida State’s first National Championships since 1999.

As you’re probably aware, Fisher left FSU amid acrimony and controversy late in the 2017 season take the head coaching job at Texas A&M.

FSU eventually hired former Oregon and USF coach Willie Taggart to replace him and just went through their worst season in 40 years at 5 – 7 and missing a bowl game.

Still you can never take away with the Seminoles did that night half a decade ago in Southern California.

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FSU and LSU announced two game neutral site series Tuesday

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In an effort to continue to beef up their out-of-conference schedules, FSU announced on Tuesday that they will play newly-crowned National Champion, LSU in two neutral site games coming soon in 2022 and 2023.

The Seminoles made the announcement through social media and their website that they will be playing the “Bayou Bengals” first in New Orleans and then, in Orlando:

Both teams will be given the benefit of essentially a “home-away-from-home neutral-site game” on Labor Day weekend. LSU considers New Orleans to be their second home and just won the College Football Playoff National Championship game over Clemson there on January 12.

The first game with the Noles will be on Saturday night September 4th, 2022.

FSU will, then play “hosts” in Orlando against the Tigers the following year on Saturday night September 3rd. The Noles recently played a season-opening game with Ole Miss, whom they defeated, at Camping World Stadium in 2016.

New Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell had this to say in the school statement about adding the games coming soon,

“I’m excited about this series,” head coach Mike Norvell said. “Florida State has a rich tradition in Louisiana, the home of many former Seminoles including Warrick Dunn and Travis Minor, and all three of our national championship teams had at least one player from Louisiana. It continues to be an important area for us now. We added two players from Louisiana in our first signing class, and it will be great for them and other future Noles to be able to play back in their home state.

This series matches two of the iconic brands in college football, and I know our fans will have a great time in New Orleans and Orlando. I want to thank our administration for all their hard work on this and for continuing to pursue first-class experiences for our student-athletes.”

These will be the 10th and 11th times that Florida State and LSU will meet. The Noles hold a 7 – 2 advantage, including winning four straight games in the series. It is the first time the two schools will have played since 1991.

Further, Florida State is 9 – 2 in their last 11 games opening a season on a neutral field. The Seminoles were to have played Boise State in Jacksonville last Labor Day weekend, but the threat of Hurricane Dorian moved the game to Tallahasse.

That’s where the Broncos upset the Seminoles and sent coach Willie Taggart into a second year spiral that resulted in his firing in November.

The Noles are also 8 – 2 all-time in games  at the Superdome with the most prominent one coming in the BCS Championship Game win over Virginia Tech in the 2000 Sugar Bowl.

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Deion tells Dan Patrick he’d consider coaching Hurricanes

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NFL Hall of Famer and former Seminoles All-American defensive back Deion Sanders is making the rounds for broadcast outlets at Super Bowl 54 in Miami,. And it’s not just his NFL Network duties that made some news on Tuesday. Rather, it’s an interview, where he expressed more desire for coaching college football and maybe, even in the city where he currently is working this week.

Sanders appeared on The Dan Patrick television – radio show Tuesday in advance of the 49ers and the Chiefs meeting for pro football’s title at Hard Rock stadium Sunday night.

And, while most of the interview centered around the NFL and the Super Bowl match-up, Patrick naturally turned to Deion’s desire to apparently be a head coach in college football and maybe, as soon as next year.

This subject came up after Sanders was apparently under consideration to possibly be the new head coach at FSU, when they fired Willie Taggart in early November. The school and AD David Coburn did confirm that they had a serious formal discussion with “Prime Time” about building a staff, etc.

That’s when Patrick turn the questioning to Sanders’ son and what might test his loyalty to FSU and possibly, coaching at a hated-rival like the University of Miami.

“What if ‘The U’ called?” Patrick asked.

“You know what is so funny, cuz I saw that when I was watching you on television (earlier in the day when Patrick said he would ask Sanders about Miami). My son is a phenomenal quarterback. My youngest son. He has a plethora of offers. We’re going to visit ‘The U’ on Saturday,” Sanders said.

“But would you coach the U?,” Patrick quickly asked again.

“You know what. You never know,” Sanders replied leaving the door open, like most do.

“Are you a ‘package deal’ with your son,” asked Patrick?

“I’ve never been a package deal with any-body,” Sanders shot back, which drew laughter from the studio audience at Patrick’s Super Bowl show site.

Now, the Hurricanes have obviously floundered for much of the 2010s, including 2019 with first-year coach Manny Diaz struggling mightily down the stretch of his first season. Miami lost it’s final two games to finish 6 – 6, and then, were shutout humiliatingly by Louisiana Tech 14 – 0 in the Independence Bowl.

Miami has swapped offensive coordinators after Diaz fired Dan Enos after just his first season. The Canes have hired former Auburn and SMU play-caller Rhett Lashlee to replace him. And, they secured Houston dual threat transfer QB D’Eriq King for this season.

Sanders was a two-time All-American at Florida State (1987, ’88), and won the Jim Thorpe Award during his final season playing for the Seminoles in 1988. He was selected in the first round of the 1989 draft by the Atlanta Falcons and played in the NFL through the 2005 season.

His elite level of play earned him inductions into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sanders has been analyst for the NFL Network for the past 10 years and clearly has the desire to try something else.

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