- The 2013 Florida Legislature has passed legislation declaring only two
Florida Universities “preeminent” academically, which entitles them to an
extra $15 million from the legislature for academics each year. Those two
schools are Florida State and Florida.
- Florida State had 10 Fullbright scholars in the senior class this year.
- Florida State had the highest passage rate in the state on the February, 2013 Florida Bar exam. Florida State had the highest average passage rate for the year 2012 as well. In March of 2013 US News and World Reports rated
FSU’s law school No. 1 in Florida in producing graduates with legal jobs 9
months after graduation and 23rd nationally in the percentage of students
with legal jobs shortly after graduation.
- Florida State ranked 11th in the final 2012-13 Directors Cup standings for overall athletic program excellence. Only UNC among ACC schools ranked higher.
- The 2013 preseason football magazines have now hit the newsstands. FSU has been ranked between 3rd and 18th in most preseason publications. Phil
Steele’s publication picks FSU to win the ACC, play in the Orange Bowl
and selects Jameis Winston as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate.
- According to the FSU admissions office over 36,000 students applied for admission to FSU for the summer and fall of 2012. 6,000 were accepted. Those students had an average high school gpa of 4.0, an average SAT of 1275 (three part test) and an average ACT of 28.
- Stewart Mandell of Sports Illustrated updated his list he calls "The Kings of College Football" in which he puts every BCS team into a category from best to worst. FSU made his "Kings" (the best, big time football schools) list. Also on the King's list: Alabama, Florida, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas and USC.
- In odds posted in Las Vegas shortly before the football season started, FSU was a favorite in every game except against Virginia Tech (on a Thursday night in Blacksburg) where we were a 7 point underdog. We are a 7 point favorite over Miami, in Miami and a 14 point favorite over UF in Tallahassee………………….as of the beginning of the season anyway.
- And as of the first weekend in September, FSU is having an amazing run in the national rankings. The FSU women's soccer team is ranked no. 1 in the country for the first time ever, is undefeated, and recently shut out highly ranked UCF at UCF and highly ranked UF before a standing room only crowd in Tallahassee. The women's volleyball team is also unbeaten and ranked in the top 10. And of course the football team is also ranked in the top 10 early in the season.
- FSU's President, Dr. Eric Barron, talked to a large gathering of FSU alumni at the Disney Boardwalk recently. He said that in the past five years the State of Florida has produced a total of 5 Rhodes Scholar semi-finalists and three of them won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. All five were FSU graduates.
- Dr. Barron indicated the school was in the final steps of acquiring the Leon County Civic Center for $7,000,000 and refurbishing it. Expect there to be a much greater "FSU look" in the future when you attend a basketball game, graduation or concert there.
- It has been a fabulous year in athletics. Every program but one (women's basketball) made the NCAA tournament. The golf and track teams (both men and women) did very well in the NCAA's. The men's golf team finished tied for 8th (ahead of every other school in the State) and the men's track team finished fourth in the NCAA's.
- Early budgeting reports of FSU having an athletic deficit have proven to be essentially erroneous. By the time the school had its trustees meeting in early June so much additional money had come in from the ACC that we now have a positive athletic budget for the remainder of this year and next.
- Numerous preseason football magazines have already reached the newsstands and FSU is ranked a consensus no. 6 by the leading publications. One publication, Phil Steele's College Football, which claims to be the most accurate over the last 10 years, ranks FSU no. 1. He predicts we will play Oklahoma in the national championship game in Miami.
There is much “good” news from Tallahassee.
- Florida State’s College baseball recruiting class was ranked 16th in the country. The baseball team won its first game of the fall 18-3 over a team from Canada.
- The Daily Beast Newspaper just rated “the most beautiful campuses”. FSU was rated 4th nationally, trailing only Ole Miss, Wisconsin and Alabama. The rating included not only the grounds and buildings, but the attractiveness of the student body according to the publication.
- Good news for women’s basketball: Senior post player Cierra Brevard captured preseason All-American honors (first team)……………….FSU’s women’s
basketball team is ranked no. 14 by The Sporting News.
- One preseason publication has ranked our men’s basketball team no. 16.
- A publication called Brian Lester’s Law School Reports, from the
University of Chicago professor, just released its 2011 Law School rankings. Florida State was 39th, the highest ranking of any public law school in the deep South. No other school in Florida made the top 50. 6 ACC law schools made the top 50 list including Duke, UVA, BC, UNC, FSU and Wake.
- And as this is written in mid-October, the men’s and women’s golf teams, the women’s volleyball team and both swim teams are having outstanding falls. All of the teams are nationally ranked. The women’s volleyball team is 8-0 in ACC play.
- ESPN College Football recently posted these odds for the top three teams predicted to win the BCS football Championship: Oklahoma, (9-2), Alabama, (11-2) and Florida State (10-1)
- Phil Steele, who claims his preseason football magazine has been the most accurate over the last decade made this prediction for FSU football this fall: He predicts FSU has an 8-0 record in the ACC and plays in the Orange Bowl.
- FSU golf signee, Lucas Bjerregaard, played in the British Open the weekend of July 15. He is the European amateur champion and only 18. He starts FSU in August.
- According to the Lakeland Ledger, these schools have the largest academic endowments in the State of Florida: UF, UM. FSU, Dade CC, and USF.
- Dustin Hopkins is on the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza award. Greg Reid is on the Thorpe Award watch list. EJ Manuel is on the Maxwell watch list as the nation's top player. Four defensive players from FSU are also on other pre-season award watch lists.
- Florida State placed 9th in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup final standings. FSU is the only school in the history of the NCAA to have every men's and women's sport make the NCAA tourney for two years in a row.
- Florida State's new baseball pitching coach is Mike Bell. He comes to FSU from The University of Oklahoma which had its lowest team ERA in 25 years this year. Mike played at FSU and had a 14-4 record as a Seminole pitcher. He was also an all academic ACC student both years he played at FSU.
- Chief Osceola and Renegade were just voted the nation's most popular pre-game tradition in a national contest sponsored by EA Sports. FSU defeated Michigan for the title. In earlier weeks FSU defeated Texas A+M, Florida and Notre Dame.
- At the new home of the College World Series in Omaha they have a wall of honor that has the 10 top players in the history of the World Series each featured in a gigantic, action photograph of the player. JD Drew from FSU is one of the 10 players.
Some of the wonderful happenings in the world of Florida State University
during the last few weeks.....
- Florida State baseball wrapped up the Atlantic Division of the ACC in
baseball on the weekend of May 20th by defeating Clemson. FSU is
expected to host a baseball regional and perhaps a super regional.
FSU has won 40 or more games something like 34 years in a row. That has
to be a record!
- The FSU women's softball team won the ACC softball championship tournament and will participate in the NCAA tournament in Athens, Georgia.
- The Jim Moran Foundation made a gift in April of $4.25 million to the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at FSU's college of business.
- Gaines Street in Tallahassee is undergoing massive renovation and
beautification. When completed Gaines Street will have wider sidewalks,
nice street lamps, new sewers and removal of most of the formerly visible
electrical polls and wires. The road will go from four lanes to two
lanes, with on street parking in places. There will also be trees and
other shrubs in the middle of the road.
- Deion Sanders has been voted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
He is the fifth FSU football player to be voted in. Former FSU football
coaches Darrell Mudra and Bobby Bowden are also in the Hall of Fame.
- The ACC recently announced that FSU will play Michigan State in East
Lansing as part of the ACC/Big 10 challenge on November 30, 2011.
- ESPN basketball tournament expert Joe Lundardi has already made his
predictions for next year's NCAA field. He has FSU as a no. 10 seed and
playing UCLA in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
- According to a health magazine, researchers at FSU have confirmed that
an apple a day does keep the doctor away. In research of a group who ate 75
grams of apples each day the group significantly lowered their cholesterol
from 14-23%! Each participant lost, on average, nearly four pounds of
body weight during the study.