Florida State Seminoles football
|Florida State Seminoles football|
|Athletic director||Vanessa Fuchs (interim)|
|Head coach||Jimbo Fisher
4th year, 31–10–0 (.756)
|Other staff||Jeremy Pruitt, DC
Rick Trickett, assistant HC
|Home stadium||Doak Campbell Stadium|
|Field||Bobby Bowden Field|
Largest crowd: 84,392 (September 17, 2011)
|Stadium surface||Natural Grass|
|League||NCAA Division I (FBS)|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Past conferences||Independent (1947,1951-1991)
Dixie Conference (1948-1950)
|All-time record||497–237–17 (.673)|
|Postseason bowl record||26–14–2 (.643)|
|Claimed national titles||2 (1993, 1999)|
|Unclaimed national titles||6 (1980, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996)|
|National Finalist||5 (1993, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000)|
|Conference titles||16 (3 Dixie, 13 ACC)|
|Division titles||4 (1 Atlantic Championship; 3 Atlantic Co-Championships)|
|Heisman winners||2 (Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke)|
|Fight song||High O'er Towering Pines and Hymn to the Garnet and Gold|
|Mascot||Osceola & Renegade|
|Marching band||Marching Chiefs|
The Florida State Seminoles football team, known traditionally as the Florida State University Seminoles, represents Florida State University (variously Florida State or FSU) in the sport of American football. The Florida State Seminoles compete in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Florida State has won two national championships (1993 and 1999) and finished in the top five of the AP Poll for 14 straight years from 1987 through 2000. The team has produced two Heisman Trophy winners: quarterback Charlie Ward in 1993 and quarterback Chris Weinke in 2000. The Florida State Seminoles have featured 36 players that have garnered consensus selection to the College Football All-America Team. Longtime Head Coach Bobby Bowden, who has recorded more wins than any coach in Division I-A college football, retired following the Seminoles' win in the 2010 Gator Bowl. The Noles have won two national championships and thirteen ACC titles in the 66-season history of their varsity football program.
Florida State officially began competing in intercollegiate football in 1947. They gained success during the 1980s and 1990s. The Seminoles joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992 after competing for many years as an independent program. In its short history, the team has been honored with many awards. Florida State has won or shared a total of sixteen conference titles (including thirteen ACC titles, as well as the title of inaugural champions of the ACC Championship Game), four Atlantic Division titles, three ACC championship game berths resulting in two wins, two national championships (including one BCS National Championship), five title games, and many bowl appearances as well as notable wins along with two Heisman winners, thirty-five consensus All-American players, many all-conference team selections including All-ACC player and All-ACC academics, multiple MVPs and Rhodes Scholar athletes along with other academic honors. Florida State coaches have been honored with the Coach of the Year (both conference and national) honor several times while players have received the honor of Player of the Year. Florida State athletes and coaches have also been nominated for and won many other awards. Multiple players and coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Florida State players have had success in the NFL Draft with several being first round picks, and former Seminoles have gone on to have successful careers in the NFL, winning the Rookie of the Year award with some being elected into the NFL Hall of Fame. FSU has also completed two undefeated seasons in its storied history.
The team is known for its distinctive helmet, fight song and colors as well as the many traditions associated with the school.
Despite the relatively short history of its football program, Florida State has been ranked in the AP Poll the seventeenth most times out of all college programs since the inception of the poll in 1936. The Seminoles also finished in the poll more times than any other school during the 90s, and is considered by the Associated Press as one of the greatest football programs of all time.
Through the end of the 2012 season, the Florida State Seminoles have the tenth-highest winning percentage among all college football programs in Division I FBS history, and have compiled 497 victories despite only having been in existence since 1947. The Seminoles have appeared in forty-two postseason bowl games and rank ninth nationally for bowl winning percentage. Florida State's archrival is in-state foe Florida. The Seminoles and Gators meet annually in the last game of the regular season, considered one of the biggest rivalries in all of college football. Florida State has a rivalry with their other in-state foe and conference rival Miami. The Seminoles also maintain rivalries with ACC foes Clemson and Virginia. Florida State has developed lesser rivalries with other teams over time. Florida State currently has the 25th highest winning percentage in the FBS.
The current head coach of the Seminoles is Jimbo Fisher, in his fourth year, and the team plays its home games on Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, currently the 16th largest stadium in college football, the 30th largest non-racing stadium, and the largest stadium in the ACC, located on-campus at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Florida State University joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in July 1991, and it is one of the fourteen current members of the ACC. Florida State is considered one of the teams that brought the conference to its pinnacle becoming the overall most successful program in the ACC. Since the ACC expanded from nine to twelve universities in 2005, and instituted divisional play in football, the Florida State Seminoles football team has competed in the ACC Atlantic Division.
Florida State plays an eight-game ACC football schedule. Five of these contests pit the Seminoles against the other members of the ACC Atlantic Division: Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Wake Forest. The conference schedule is filled out with an annual game against Miami and two additional foes from the ACC Coastal Division on a rotating basis between the other teams in the conference: Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. Throughout a rotation schedule, Florida State plays each coastal division team at least twice every six years with possible meetings in the championship game in between regular season meetings. Florida State will also begin to play Louisville as an Atlantic Division partner when they join the conference in the coming seasons as well as Notre Dame as a home-and-home twice every six years per a conference agreement.
Key conference rivalries include the inter-divisional Florida State-Miami rivalry game with their permanent ACC Coastal Division foe, Miami, the Florida State–Clemson rivalry game which usually carries division implications, and the Florida State-Virginia game which is played on a rotating basis for the Jefferson-Eppes Trophy (this game was played on an annual basis until the ACC divided and the teams were placed in separate divisions).
In addition to the conference foes, the Seminoles face in-state rival Florida from the SEC at the end of the regular season. The two teams' emergence as perennial football powers in the 1980s and 1990s helped build the Florida–Florida State football rivalry into a game that has often held national title implications. Florida State remains the only team in the state of Florida to play both powers, Florida and Miami, meaning they are the only team in contention for the Florida Cup on a yearly basis.
The remaining dates on Florida State's regular season schedule are filled with various non-conference opponents that vary from year to year.
Florida State College Eleven
Florida State University traces the origins of its modern American football team to 1947, after the school became coeducational following more than forty years as a white women's college. However, football had been played at the school prior to its 1905 reorganization as a women's college. The sport was played at the school, which was known as the West Florida Seminary until 1901 and as Florida State College from 1901 to 1905. This includes a 3-1 record against what would later become the University of Florida. In 1904 Florida State would be the first team to beat all other football teams in Florida, becoming the state's first football champion.
In 1902 Florida State College students, supported by president Albert A. Murphree, organized the school's first official football club to play against other schools and teams. The team was known as the "Florida State College Eleven" and W. W. Hughes, professor of Latin and the head of men's sports at the school, served as the first coach. They played their first game against the Bainbridge Giants, a city team from Bainbridge, Georgia, defeating them 5–0. The team then played back-to-back matches against Florida Agricultural College (which later merged into what is now the University of Florida) one week apart, winning the first 6–0 and losing the second 0–6. The following season student enthusiasm grew even more, and the Eleven arranged a full schedule of six games. They competed against teams such as the University of Florida in Lake City (as Florida Agricultural College was then called), Georgia Tech, and the East Florida Seminary (another school that merged into the University of Florida), and finished the season by competing against Stetson College in Jacksonville for The Florida Times-Union's Championship Cup. The following year Jack Forsythe replaced Hughes as coach, and the Eleven won the unofficial "state championship" by defeating Stetson in Tallahassee.
This would be the Eleven's last season, however, as the Florida State Legislature passed the Buckman Act, which reorganized the state's colleges, and Florida State College became the Florida Female College (later Florida State College for Women), a school for white women. Four other institutions (including the University of Florida in Lake City and the East Florida Seminary) were merged into the new white men's-only University of the State of Florida in Gainesville. Many of Florida State's male students, including members of the fraternity system and the football team transferred to the new university. In 1906 the new school established its first official football team led by former Florida State College coach Jack Forsythe. Several former FSC players transferred to Grant University (now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), with five joining Grant's football team. In 1909 several veterans of the FSC Eleven founded a city team named the Tallahassee Athletics, but this folded after one season. Except for this, until 1947 Tallahassee's only organized or collegiate football team were the team from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes (now Florida A&M University).
Since its beginnings in 1947, Florida State football has accumulated two national championships, sixteen conference championships, four divisional championships, two undefeated seasons, and two Heisman Trophy winners.
Florida State University has officially fielded a football team since 1947, and the Seminoles are currently in their 67th season of play.
The program has achieved two Consensus Division I Football National Championships, sixteen conference championships, two undefeated seasons and four divisional titles. It has produced two Heisman Trophy winners, 192 All-Americans (thirty-six consensus), several Academic All-Americans, and 245 NFL players. Florida State has had four members inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and one member inducted into the College Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Early years and beginnings
The end of World War II brought enormous pressure on the university system in Florida, which saw an influx of veterans applying for college under the GI Bill. The Florida Legislature responded by renaming the Florida State College for Women the Florida State University and allowing men to attend the university for the first time since 1905. Football then returned to Florida State University, beginning in the 1947 season. From 1948 through 1959, the Seminole football program achieved much success under coaches Don Veller and Tom Nugent.
Ed Williamson era (1947)
Ed Williamson served as the first coach of the Florida State Seminoles. In his first and only season with Florida State, the Seminoles posted an 0-5 record. Williamson has the worst record out of all the head coaches at Florida State and the only coach to have a winless mark.
Don Veller era (1948-1952)
As the second coach at Florida State, Don Veller coached at Florida State for five years and compiled a record of 31-12-1. Veller was the first coach to find success coaching the Seminoles. In 1950, Veller led the Seminoles to an 8-0 record, the first unbeaten season ever for any Florida college.
Tom Nugent era (1953–1958)
Once Veller left the school, Tom Nugent became the third coach at Florida State. He stayed at Florida State for six years and compiled a record of 34–28–1. In one of his most notable accomplishments, Nugent gave the Seminoles their first win over an SEC opponent with a 10–0 victory against Tennessee in 1958.
Perry Moss era (1959)
The fourth coach at Florida State was Perry Moss who coached the Seminoles for one year after compiling a 4-6 record. He became the second Florida State coach to leave the school with a losing record and the second to coach at the school for only one season.
Bill Peterson era (1960-1970)
With the arrival of Bill Peterson in 1960, the Seminoles began their move to national prominence. Under Peterson's direction, the Seminoles beat the Florida Gators for the first time in 1964 and earned their first major bowl bid. Peterson also led the Seminoles to their first ever top ten ranking. During his tenure as head coach, Peterson also gave a young assistant by the name of Bobby Bowden his first major college coaching opportunity.
In the summer of 1967, Peterson also engineered another first for the Seminole program when he decided to begin the recruitment of African American football players. Apparently, he did so without approval from either the school president or its athletic director. On December 16, 1967, the Seminoles signed Ernest Cook, a fullback from Daytona Beach. Several months later, the Seminoles would sign running back Calvin Patterson from Dade County. Ultimately, Cook decided to switch his allegiance to Minnesota where he would become an All-Big Ten running back. In the fall of 1968, Patterson would become the first African American student to play for the Seminoles as a starter for the Florida State freshmen football team. In the fall of 1970, J. T. Thomas would become the first black to play in a varsity game for the Seminoles.
Larry Jones era (1971-1973)
Following Peterson's successful run, Larry Jones was appointed as the sixth head coach at Florida State. Jones coached for three years and compiled a record of 15-19, becoming the third Florida State coach to have a losing record.
Darrell Mudra era (1974-1975)
After the disappointing tenure of Jones, Darrell Mudra was hired to be the seventh coach of the Seminoles. Mudra lasted just two years and compiled a record of 4-18. He became the fourth head coach to have a losing record at Florida State.
Bobby Bowden era (1976-2009)
Under head coach Bobby Bowden, the Seminole football team became one of the nation's most competitive football teams, greatly expanding the tradition of football at Florida State. He is creditied with Florida State's rise to prominence. The Seminoles played in five national championship games between 1993 and 2001, and claimed the championship twice, in 1993 and 1999. The FSU football team was the most successful team in college football during the 1990s, boasting an 89% winning percentage. FSU also set an NCAA record for most consecutive Top 5 finishes in the AP football poll – receiving placement 14 years in a row, from 1987 to 2000. The Seminoles under Bowden were the first college football team in history to go wire-to-wire (ranked first place from preseason to postseason) since the AP began releasing preseason rankings in 1936. On December 1, 2009 Bowden announced that he would retire from coaching after the Seminoles' upcoming bowl game on New Year's Day 2010 against West Virginia, Bowden's former team, in the Gator Bowl. His legacy has led to the creation of two awards in his honor, the Bobby Bowden Award, an award presented to college football players, and the Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award, an award presented to college football coaches.
Rise to Prominence
The best years of Florida State football came in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. The Seminoles had 14 consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins and a top five finish. They had a record of 152–19–1 between these years (11 of their 19 losses were decided by seven points or less). They also had one of the best home records at the time. FSU's accomplishments in these 14 seasons included 11 bowl wins, nine ACC championships in nine years, two Heisman Trophy winners, and two national championships.
The Dynasty (1987–2000)
|1992||11–1||2nd||ACC Champions||Won Orange|
|1993||12–1||1st||ACC Champions, National Champions||Won Orange|
|1994||10–1–1||4th||ACC Champions||Won Sugar|
|1995||10–2||4th||ACC Co-Champions||Won Orange|
|1996||11–1||3rd||ACC Champions||Lost Sugar|
|1997||11–1||3rd||ACC Champions||Won Sugar|
|1998||11–2||3rd||ACC Co-Champions||Lost Fiesta|
|1999||12–0||1st||ACC Champions, National Champions||Won Sugar|
|2000||11–2||5th||ACC Champions||Lost Orange|
Jimbo Fisher era (2010-present)
On January 5, 2010, Fisher officially became the ninth head football coach in Florida State history. Jimbo Fisher had been a member of the Florida State staff for three years, serving as offensive coordinator. He was named head coach-in waiting during the 2007 season. Fisher's ascension helped lead Florida State to a top-10 recruiting class in 2010 and the #1 and #2 recruiting class in the country, according to ESPN and Rivals. In his first season as head coach, Florida State went 10-4 with a 6-2 record in ACC conference play. The Seminoles went to their first ACC Championship Game since 2005, losing to Virginia Tech 44-33, and had their first ten win season since 2003. Fisher's first Florida State team notably beat of its in-state rivals, the Miami Hurricanes 45-17 and the Florida Gators 31-7, for the first time since 1999. Florida State would go on to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, where they would beat Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks, 26-17. In his second season, Florida State went 9-4 with a 5-3 record in ACC conference play. The Seminoles defeated both of their in-state rivals for the second year in a row. Fisher's second Florida State team also defeated Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl. Fisher brought in another top-ranked recruiting class in 2012. In his third season, he led the Seminoles to their first conference title in seven years and defeated Northern Illinois to win the Orange Bowl.
In terms of winning percentage, Florida State ranks as the 3rd most successful team in the past 25 years (as of the 2010 season) with a 77% win rate (231-69-2) and 12th over the last half century (1955–2010) with 67%.
The College Football Research Center lists Florida State as the 10th best college football program in history (ahead of rivals Miami and Florida, at #15 and #18 respectively). Seven Florida State squads were listed in Billingsley’s Top 200 Teams of All Time (1869–2010), and after the 2008 season, ESPN ranked Florida State the 9th most prestigious program in history.
The Associated Press poll statistics show Florida State with the 7th most appearances in the final AP Top 5 (with 15). Since the Coaches Poll first released a final poll in 1950, Florida State has 32 seasons where the team finished ranked in the top 25 in the Coaches Polls.
Florida State holds many current records. Some current records held by the Seminoles are: the tenth longest home winning streak with a total of 37 home wins from the 1992 through the 2001 seasons, the longest active bowl streak and the second longest of all-time, the current longest bowl winning streak as well as the longest overall bowl win streak, the longest active streak without a losing season, and the longest top five finish streak. Former head coach Bobby Bowden is the winningest Division I coach of all time with most of those wins coming from his time with the Seminoles. Florida State was the first team to go 'wire-to-wire' by keeping a number one ranking for an entire season.
Florida State has ended their football season ranked 34 times in either the AP or Coaches Poll.
† AP Poll began selecting the nation's Top 20 teams in 1939. Only the Top 10 teams were recognized from 1962-1967. The AP Poll expanded back to the Top 20 teams in 1968. In 1989, it began recognizing the Top 25 teams.
‡ UPI/Coaches Poll began selecting its Top 20 teams on a weekly basis in 1950 before expanding to the nations's Top 25 teams in 1990.
The Florida State Seminoles originally played their home games at Centennial Field until 1950. The team currently play their home games at Doak Campbell Stadium, which has a capacity of 82,300. Florida State is 256-81-4 (.757) in 341 games played at Doak.
Doak S. Campbell Stadium
The stadium, named after former Florida State President Doak S. Campbell, hosted its first game against the Randolph-Macon College Yellowjackets on October 7, 1950 with the Seminoles winning the game 40–7. At that time the facility had a seating capacity of 15,000. Florida State first began play at Centennial Field during the team's inaugural 1947 season and would continue to play there for the following two years (1948 and 1949). Doak Campbell Stadium, with its original capacity of 15,000 in 1950, was built at a cost of $250,000. In 1954, the stadium grew to a capacity of 19,000. Six thousand more seats were added in 1961. During the Bill Peterson era (1960–70), the stadium was expanded to 40,500 seats, and it remained at that capacity for the next 14 years. Since that time, the stadium has expanded to almost 83,000, largely due to the success of the football team under head coach Bobby Bowden coupled with the ever growing student body. It now is the largest football stadium in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Aesthetically, a brick facade surrounding the stadium matches the architectural design of most of the buildings on the university's campus. In addition to the obvious recreational uses, The University Center surrounds the stadium and houses many of the university's offices. The field was officially named Bobby Bowden field on November 20, 2004 as Florida State hosted intrastate rival Florida. Florida State has been recognized as having one of the best gameday atmospheres in the country, and Doak Campbell Stadium has been named one of top stadiums in college sports.
Florida State has had nine head coaches.
^ Bobby Bowden's record does not include 12 wins that were vacated that would otherwise make his record 316-97-4
Florida State claims two national championships, from the 1993 and 1999 seasons.
Florida State has several other national titles that are not officially claimed by the school. The university has six un-claimed titles. They were selected as the national champions in 1980 by the Foundation for the Analysis of Competitions and Tournaments and the Rothman system; in 1987 by Berryman, the Massey Ratings, and the Sagarin Ratings; in 1989 by the Billingsley Report; in 1992 by the Sagarin Ratings; in 1994 by the Dunkel System; and in 1996 by the Alderson System. However, Florida State University does not recognize these titles. In total, Florida State has eight national titles.
National championship seasons
Other national championship game appearances
In the first year of the program, Florida State competed as an independent program without conference affiliation. They were members of the Dixie Conference for three years before returning to independence. They would remain this way until 1992 when, after being courted by several conferences including the Southeastern Conference, they opted to join the Atlantic Coast Conference which is the same conference that they compete in today.
Divisional play began in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the start of the 2005 football season following the addition of Boston College. Florida State leads the ACC Atlantic Division with four titles and three appearances in the ACC Championship Game.
Conference championship games
Florida State has appeared in the ACC Championship Game as the winner of the Atlantic Division three times, defeating Virginia Tech of the Coastal Division in the inaugural game in 2005, losing to Virginia Tech in 2010, and beating Georgia Tech in 2012.
Florida State has completed two "perfect seasons" in its history.