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NC State vs FSU: Let the Season Begin!

Believe it or not, the game between the Wolfpack and the Seminoles on Saturday afternoon is the second ACC showdown game of this season.  The first was FSU/Clemson, but to hear most folks talk, this week’s game will be an FSU romp.

Looking for some Wolfpack love, I went to Backing The Pack over at SB Nation. And there I found this from Akula Wolf.

Like most, the esteemed Mr. Wolf feels that the Pack has played no one (sound familiar?) and will be utterly destroyed on Saturday.  I beg to differ.

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Jameis Winston–Needs Guidance Badly

Deadspin (NSFW, language) is reporting that numerous Florida State students allegedly observed Jameis Winston yelling an obscenity while standing atop a table.  So, we have accusations of rape, accusations of theft, and now this apparent exercise in poor judgment.  The question that begs is when will Jameis Winston learn how to comport himself off the field with as much poise as he does on the field?  We keep expecting the last transgression to be the one that sinks in, only to be followed by another one.  He is not getting it.  He may have some success and reach financial heights few can imagine… but it will not end well.  He needs some guidance from someone.

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College Football’s Villainous Golden Boy

As I was watching the San Antonio Spurs put on an extraordinary shooting performance in the NBA Finals last night, I found myself thinking back over Lebron James’ tumultuous career since he was taken #1 by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. He came into the league with as much hype as any player I have ever witnessed in my short time. He was adored by many as he made fans across the world say “ooo” and “ahh” as we watched his unmatched physical gifts paired with a maturity in his game that far surpassed his young age. Due in particularly to his success since going to Miami, the perception of the NBA’s golden boy has changed as he’s become the unquestioned best player in the world. The average fan went from tuning in to his game in hopes of seeing a spectacular highlight to watching and hoping for his demise. Fans have grown tired of his perceived whining and complaining for fouls and his perceived arrogance when he is a victor. To the non Heat (or Lebron) fan, He’s become one of, if not the most despised player in the game. How could that be? After all he is the game’s most exciting talent to watch, and very rarely disappoints.

As many have realized by now, this is because we as a society love to consume anything and everything at an unsustainable rate. We consume it so much that we grow tired or become to loath the commodity long before it reaches its useful life. You see it all the time in pop culture whether its the new rising teen star like Justin Beiber or one of the numerous flash in the pan actors we see for a brief few years like Clive Owen. Apologies in advance to those Beiber and Owen die-hards out there. The Sports media became (and still is) obsessed with James and his remarkable talent to the point they’ve exhausted the enjoyment of his talents long before it should be. I should love to watch Lebron play in the Finals for the fourth year in a row because its a testament to his insane ability as a basketball player. Instead I watch hoping for his downfall, hoping he loses. My interest in him has been used up, and I only watch to see him falter. However that is the key, I still watch. Why do I watch, what purpose do I gain in watching something I’ve grown to hate? Its because strong emotion either positive or negative will bring viewers to their couch’s come game time. Hate or Love, we are going to tune in and watch Lebron James. Which got me thinking, have we had that in College Football?

My initial reaction was no, a player can only play for 4 seasons at any school, and it would be too short of a time frame to turn from a golden boy to villain. The deeper I looked into it though, I realized there may be more to that than I originally thought. For myself I can think of 3 athletes in College Football who over the past 10 years fit this profile, Tim Tebow, Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston. Each have similar paths with all winning the biggest individual award in the game, and all having high team success as well. However each of their details off the field vary greatly that helped lead to their downfall so to speak.  I’ll briefly touch on the first two before getting into Winston.

Tebow for me will always be my biggest villain in college football. He won a Heisman and not one, but two Championships for UF, my school’s biggest rival. It’s easy to see why I wasn’t his biggest fan from the get go, oh and did I mention I just so happened to go to FSU the same 4 years Tebow was at UF? Yeah… talk about luck. Regardless Tebow came in as a back up True Freshman used in design packages helping the 2006 Gators claim their first title in 10 years. From there he took off as the biggest name in College Football. Originally I got it, he seemed like a likable, good christian guy and clearly had the skills to dominate on the gridiron even if I had to dislike him for rivalry reasons. Over time though the average College Football fan was drenched in Tebow-mania. He was on Sport Center virtually daily, whether it was his great rushing touchdown or him talking about his religious views. He literally was too much of a golden boy to be enjoyed as a golden boy. No one likes perceived perfection and that’s what Tebow was.I watched more Gator games in those 4 years than I have in my entire life, I had to see him fail, which rarely happened. Needless to say I couldn’t wait for him to leave for his predictably unsuccessful NFL career. I never despised an opposing player so much in my life. Now my take on him is extreme due to my personal dynamics, but I highly doubt FSU fans were the only ones who grew tiresome of the Tebow charade.

Next to take the torch was Mr. party animal himself Johnny Manziel. Manziel came out of nowhere as a red-shirt freshman for Texas A&M during their inaugural year in the vaunted SEC. He wowed fans across the nation with his escapability and pocket maneuvering play after play. He went on to win the Heisman and beat then #1 ranked Alabama, a feather in any players cap. Then the off-season hit and Manziel was everywhere. Partying in South Beach, attending NBA Finals games, golfing at Pebble Beach, you name it. Quickly things turned on Manziel as he was cast as an immature party boy who was using football to advance his social life. In one short year he turned from the charismatic golden boy to the villain. By his second year we saw on the field confrontations with other players and numerous media outlets calling him out. Again though, media and fans alike, we watched his every move.

Insert the new heir to the villainous golden boy throne, Jameis Winston. Jameis lead the Noles to an undefeated championship while racking up numerous personal accolades including the Heisman. He started the year as a media favorite for interviews, as he was charismatic beyond his years and was always good for a few funny quips. Add some excellent play on the field and of course, we all fell in love with him. Then the allegations came. As its well documented he was accused of raping a fellow FSU student but no charges were ever levied on him. Since then we’ve heard numerous other minor incidents such as stealing soda from Burger King, shooting BB guns and of course stealing crab legs from local grocery store Publix. I’ve read tons of articles about how FSU football needs to suspend him, or even worse, many who refer to him as a rapist openly. I’ve watched Winston go from adored to despised within a matter of just a few months.

Heading into this year all eyes will be on Jameis as it has been since this past August.The media and fans alike will watch his every play, and scour the news outlets for any off the field happenings. FSU and Winston fans will look for anything to prove he’s a golden boy, the rest will look for the evidence to prove he’s the villain they’re certain he is. Surely Winston will not be the last of the villainous golden boys, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him supplanted this year by someone else. Even though these 3 have vastly different circumstances (in no way is a rape allegation the same as being over zealous on your religious views or night club partying) but the premise holds true. We as society find reasons to dethrone the exact same people we exult to the highest of highs. What do you think, is this fair, right, wrong? I’m not sure I have an answer but I do wish we allowed a little more gray area in all these black and white views. If there is one thing I know though, it’s that come this fall we will be watching.

Florida State Seminole Spring Football News

The Florida State Seminoles kicked off the 2013 football season on Saturday with its annual Spring Scrimmage.  And the news was all about Jameis Winston.

ESPN was essentially gushing over Winston, the favorite to be the Seminoles quarterback this fall.  Consider these quotes:

Jameis Winston had already reached cult status before he arrived at Florida State, but for the past year, the legend has been glimpsed only from afar, burnished by tall tales from secondhand sources and, of course, the occasional YouTube video of the highly touted quarterback chucking footballs over fraternity houses.

But Saturday’s spring game at Florida State was different. The legend took the stage in front of fans for the first time, and Winston didn’t disappoint.

On his first play from scrimmage — just a few seconds into the second quarter — Winston found walk-on receiver David Tyrell for a 58-yard touchdown pass, the first of three scoring drives he’d lead the No. 1 offense on in the game. It was a show-stopping debut on the big stage and also an emphatic exclamation point on a spring that vaunted the redshirt freshman to the forefront of FSU’s quarterback competition.

Yes, Florida State fans, you’ve got yourselves the quarterback for the future in Winston

This is not to say that the defense was unremarkable.  Although the Seminoles were not giving the opposition anything useful to scout, and were not showcasing blitz packages, the defense still looked pretty good.

And, if you think about it, this is a transition season for the Seminoles.  Just take a look at all the coaches who left for promotions in the offseason, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel:

Mark Stoops, former defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach.  New job: Head coach at Kentucky

D.J. Eliot, defensive ends coach.  New job: Defensive coordinator at Kentucky

Eddie Gran, running backs/special teams coordinator.   New job: Offensive coordinator at Cincinnati

Greg Hudson, linebackers coach.  New job: Defensive coordinator at PurdueDameyune Craig, quarterbacks coach.   New job: Co-offensive coordinator/receivers at Auburn

James Coley, offensive coordinator/tight ends.  New job: Offensive coordinator at Miami

That’s a lot of coaches walking out the door.  So the new coaches at Florida State are just getting to know each other.  Most importantly, one has to think that there will be a lot of new wrinkles.  It will not be the same old, same old for Florida State.  For Seminoles fans, the hope is that the new blood will build off of last year’s return to the top.

Editor’s Note:  We are still looking for someone to be the Florida State correspondent for The Confidential.  See here for more information.  A good opportunity for a Florida State fan to keep the Seminoles on top of news, while also letting fans of other ACC schools get a glimpse of what’s going on. 

FSU News: The Monday Chop

Latest news on everything FSU

FSU holds junior day:  FSU is in the middle of two big recruiting weekends.  Jimbo got a commitment from Kamryn Pettway, who is a 220 pound junior running back.  It is clear Jimbo is trying to find the next Lonnie Pryor.  Pryor played an enormous role in Jimbo’s offense, even as a “fullback” so I don’t think it’s a hard job to sell.  Jimbo is also pursuing QB JJ Cosentino pretty hard.  JJ tore his ACL in his sophomore year, so he might be a little underrated.  He comes from the same school as Dan Marino and… Sal Suneri.  Sal’s impact on the coaching staff, just from a recruiting standpoint, has been immense.  On the other side of the ball, all he pretty much has to say is that he coached Julius Peppers.

Looking forward to spring:  There will be many position battles this spring–the most important being at quarterback.  The candidates are Clint Trickett (an undersized coach’s son who knows the playbook in-and-out), Jacob Coker (an underrated QB out of high school with all of the physical tools), and Jameis Winston (a two-sport star who was the top dual threat QB in 2012).  One thing I’m worried about is the fact that Jameis Winston is playing baseball and does a good deal of pitching.  Pitchers get all sorts of elbow and shoulder injuries.  Wear and tear aside, the effect this can have on his throwing motion is unknown.  Folks have cited to the fact that Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson both played, at a high level, football and baseball.  Yes, but neither Sanders nor Jackson played QB.  This will be a story line to watch going forward and count me in the Coker camp.  Less wear and tear, one more year in the system than Winston, and a sole focus on football.

The lack of news on FSU’s new offensive coordinator:  The last public bit of knowledge about FSU’s offensive coordinator position was that Jimbo would be interviewing candidates.  Last week, we heard of two candidates, the former UCLA OC Mike Johnson and the current USC WR coach Tee Martin.  No other candidates have surfaced.  This could mean a few things–Jimbo liked one of them and is working on a contract or Jimbo was upset that information was leaking and is trying to do things more covertly.  My preference is still Chris Weinke to come in and be the QB coach.  It’s a bit delusional to think Jimbo would defer coaching QBs to Weinke, but it would be in the best interest of the program.  It is one thing to bring in recruits and show them sealed lockers of FSU greats.  It is another thing to actually have one of those greats on the sideline and recruiting.  Chant Rant was the first to float this idea, so I will give them due credit, but this just seems like a no-brainer move.

In other news:  Mario Cristobal, the former FIU head coach and current (well, no longer current) UM offensive line coach, has accepted a position with Nick Saban as their offensive line coach.  A lateral move in title, sure, but a tremendous opportunity for Cristobal.  Cristobal was on the UM staff for all of two months.  He even helped court former FSU OC James Coley to UM.  This won’t likely have any real long-term effect on UM, but for FSU fans, it’s a bit of a consolation prize to see Cristobal up and leave.  Also, and quietly, UM has lost a considerable amount of coaches this off-season.

Speaking of coaching changes:  FSU almost lost another assistant.  This time around it was Lawrence Dawsey.  Noles247 reported that NFL teams have called Lawrence Dawsey.  I really can’t speak to Dawsey’s coaching prowess–to be honest, I have expected more out of some of the FSU WRs like Rodney Smith and Kelvin Benjamin.  Those two receivers have the ability to control a game just with their size.  We just never seem to utilize them the way they should be and maybe that’s just more of a reflection of Jimbo’s offense than Dawsey’s ability to coach them up.  I will say this, however:  Dawsey is a loyal Seminole.  It’s clear he wants to be at FSU and so I hope they repay him in kind.

FSU’s ACC Championship Game woes getting attention:  A few outlets have been picking up the FSU story about the half-a-million-dollars-in-debt that it incurred just for appearing in the ACC Championship game.  One outlet, NBC Sports, opines that the only loss in this setting should be on the field–not in the pocket book.  If you want examples of how the ACC is not helping football schools, this may be one of them.  The current formula is not working.  Sure, Swofford has said that they are working to ensure that no school suffers a financial loss because of its appearance in the game, but the ACC Championship games haven’t been relevant or exciting in a long time.  That indicates to me something has to change… granted, they’ve tinkered with the venue a few times, but is Charlotte really the best place?  I think it is too difficult to try and predict who will be in the championship game, so it’s not worth placing it in Charlotte or Jacksonville.  The right place should be at the stadium of the team with the better record, or a tie-breaker of some sort.  They can work out a 60/40 split and it may even be an added incentive for teams to push harder down the stretch.  The fact that FSU lost half a million dollars playing in this game is not going to help the ACC’s cause in trying to stick together.

My other hope for change is some divisional realignment.  FSU fans could care less about Pittsburgh–it is Georgia Tech that FSU should be playing every year.  It is one of the easiest things the ACC can do to help Florida State… a trip to Boston is more expensive and less exciting (on the field) than it is to Atlanta.  This is an ACC Blog, so I’m confident my colleagues will have varying opinions, but I like to stoke the fire some.

The only bright spot of the ACC Championship game, and winning it, is this awesome video about FSU going to the Orange Bowl.  Enjoy.

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