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Florida State Seminoles
2014–15 Florida State Seminoles men's basketball team
Florida State Seminoles athletic logo
University Florida State University
First season 1947–48
All-time record 1,084-799 (.576)
Conference ACC
Location Tallahassee, FL
Head coach Leonard Hamilton (13th year)
Arena Donald L. Tucker Center
(Capacity: 12,100)
Nickname Seminoles
Student section The Nole Zone
Colors

Garnet, Gold, White, and Black

                        
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
Alternate
NCAA Tournament runner up
1972
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1972
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1972, 1993
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1972, 1992, 1993, 2011
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1972, 1980, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2011, 2012
NCAA Tournament appearances
1968, 1972, 1978, 1980, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Conference tournament champions

Florida Intercollegiate
1955


Metro
1991


ACC
2012
Conference regular season champions

Dixie
1951


Florida Intercollegiate
1955


Metro
1978, 1989

The Florida State Seminoles men's basketball team represents Florida State University (variously Florida State or FSU) in the intercollegiate sport of basketball. The Seminoles compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Though they have historically played under the shadow of the football program, the Seminoles have had successes on the hardwood and they have achieved unprecedented success in recent years. Florida State has made fourteen NCAA Tournament appearances: advancing to the Round of 32 on eight occasions, the Sweet Sixteen on four occasions, the Elite Eight on two occasions, the Final Four on one occasion, and the championship game on one occasion, finishing as runner-up. Florida State has also made nine appearances in the National Invitation Tournament.

In the sixty-six season history of the Seminole basketball program, the Seminoles have won the regular season conference title four times and the conference tournament title three times, including one ACC championship.

Florida State has had eighteen All-Americans, twenty-six players inducted into the Hall of Fame, and thirty-one players that went on to play in the NBA. Jeff Sagarin and ESPN listed the program 74th in the college basketball all-time rankings in the 'ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia'.[1]

The Seminoles play their home games in the Donald L. Tucker Center on the university's Tallahassee, Florida campus. The current head men's basketball coach is Leonard Hamilton.

Overview[edit]

The Florida State Seminoles men's team annually plays an eighteen-game conference schedule that is preceded by an out-of-conference schedule against few annual opponents except for Florida. Their conference schedule consists of a home-and-home game against two permanent rivals (Miami and Clemson), alternating home-and-home games against the other fourteen ACC teams.

History[edit]

Florida State University has officially fielded a basketball team since 1947, and the Seminoles are currently in their 68th season of play.

Don Loucks Era (1947-1948)[edit]

Don Loucks served as the first basketball coach for the Florida State Seminoles. He coached at the school for one year and compiled an overall record of 5-13, becoming one of only two coaches to leave the program with a losing record.

J.K. Kennedy Era (1949-1966)[edit]

After the departure of Loucks, J.K. Kennedy became the coach. He was the first coach to find success at Florida State, holding the position for eighteen years and compiling a record of 234-208. Kennedy is currently the winningest coach in the program's history.

Hugh Durham Era (1967-1978)[edit]

Hugh Durham played at Florida State in the 1950s, scoring 1,381 points in three years. His average of 21.9 points per game in 1958–59 is the seventh best tally in Florida State history.[2] Durham's career average of 18.9 points per game is still the ninth best in school history. After his playing career had ended, he began his coaching career as an assistant coach in 1959. Seven years later, Durham would be named head coach in 1966. One of the top players during this time was future NBA Hall-of-Famer Dave Cowens. Durham led the Seminoles from 1966 to 1978. In 1972, Durham led Florida State to a runner-up finish in the NCAA tournament. A hard-fought 81–76 loss to the top-ranked UCLA Bruins in the NCAA Championship game prevented Durham's Florida State team from winning the NCAA Tournament. Another key player for the Seminoles was Harry Davis, who helped the program sustain stability.

Durham's overall record at Florida State was a 230–95 record with three NCAA tournament bids. He still owns the highest winning percentage of any Florida State coach at .708.[3] Durham is the only coach in NCAA history to be the all-time winningest coach (percentage or wins) at three different Division I schools.

Joe Williams Era (1979-1986)[edit]

After the departure of Hugh Durham, Joe Williams took over the Seminole basketball program. One of the standout players during this period was George McCloud. McCloud helped the Seminoles rebuild after the departure of Durham by becoming one of the most prolific scorers in FSU history. During his senior season, McCloud had the second-highest scoring average and the sixth-highest in Florida State history.[3] Joe Williams would coach his final season in 1986.

Pat Kennedy Era (1987-1997)[edit]

Pat Kennedy coached the Seminoles for eleven seasons

The 1992–1993 season would see the emergence of one of the Seminoles' best players in its history, Bob Sura . Not much was expected of the Seminoles in 1992 as they entered into their first season in the ACC, yet they finished second in the conference to national champion Duke. The team repeated the second-place finish in 1993, establishing itself as a legitimate national power. In the 1993 NCAA Tournament they fell to Kentucky in the Elite Eight round. In Kennedy's final season (1996–1997) he led the team to the NIT Final, losing to the Michigan Wolverines.

Steve Robinson Era (1998-2002)[edit]

Steve Robinson took over the program for the 1997–1998 season and led the Seminoles to the NCAA tournament his first year. However, the team suffered losing records the next four seasons and Robinson left the program after the 2001–2002 campaign. Robinson is now an assistant coach with the North Carolina Tarheels.

Leonard Hamilton Era (2003-Present)[edit]

Current coach Leonard Hamilton

Leonard Hamilton became Florida State’s seventh head basketball coach on March 19, 2002. In two years, Tim Pickett scored 1,039 points, earning him First-Team All-ACC and All-American Honorable Mention honors.[4] In the 2008–2009 season, Hamilton led the Seminoles to a #5 seed in the NCAA tournament and runner-up in the ACC tournament. Hamilton was named ACC coach of the year in 2009 and 2012. Hamilton is also the first Seminole coach to win an ACC championship, capturing the league tournament title in 2012. During his tenure, Florida State has been the third-most successful team in the conference.

Head coaches[edit]

Florida State has had seven head coaches.

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1947-1948 Don Loucks 1 5-13 .278
1949–1966 J.K. Kennedy 18 234-208 .529
1967-1978 Hugh Durham 12 229-96 .705
1979-1986 Joe Williams 8 129-105 .551
1987-1997 Pat Kennedy 11 202-131 .607
1998-2002 Steve Robinson 5 64-86 .427
2003–present Leonard Hamilton 12 221-160^ .580
Totals 7 coaches 67 seasons 1,084-799 .576

*^22 wins vacated from Leonard Hamilton's record from the 2006-2007 basketball season

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Position
Leonard Hamilton Head Coach
Stan Jones Associate head coach
Charlton Young Assistant coach
Dennis Gates Assistant coach
Michael Bradley Strength and Conditioning coach
Kyle Cregan Video Coordinator
Jacob Ridenhour Director of Operations
Erick Casto Equipment Manager

Championships[edit]

National Championship appearance[edit]

Florida State has appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament's National Championship game once, in 1972. The Seminoles, coached by Hugh Durham, lost to John Wooden and his UCLA Bruins, 81-76, at the Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. The Seminoles defeated powerhouse Kentucky in the Mideast Region Final and North Carolina in the Semifinals.

Season Coach Site Opponent Result Overall Record
1971-1972 Hugh Durham Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena UCLA FSU 76, UCLA 81 27-6
Total National Championship Game Appearances 1

Regional Championship[edit]

Florida State defeated Kentucky, 73-54, to win their only regional championship.

Season Region
1971-1972 Mideast
Total Regional Championships 1

NIT Championship appearance[edit]

Florida State has appeared in the National Invitation Tournament's National Championship game once, in 1997. The Seminoles, coached by Pat Kennedy, lost to Michigan, coached by Steve Fisher, 82-73, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Season Coach Site Opponent Result Overall Record
1996-1997 Pat Kennedy Madison Square Garden Michigan FSU 73, Michigan 82 20-12
Total National Invitation Tournament Championship Game Appearances 1

Conference Tournament Championships[edit]

Conference Affiliations

Season Conference Coach Site Opponent PF PA
1950-51 Dixie J.K. Kennedy Porter Gym (Macon, Georgia) Mercer 65 69
1954-55 Florida Intercollegiate J.K. Kennedy Miami Beach Auditorium (Coral Gables, Florida) Miami 86 80
1977-78 Metro Hugh Durham Riverfront Coliseum (Cincinnati, Ohio) Louisville 93 94
1978-79 Metro Joe Williams Mid-South Coliseum (Memphis, Tennessee) Virginia Tech 60 68
1979-80 Metro Joe Williams Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky) Louisville 72 81
1984-85 Metro Joe Williams Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky) Memphis State 86 90
1988-89 Metro Pat Kennedy Carolina Coliseum (Columbia, South Carolina) Louisville 80 87
1990-91 Metro Pat Kennedy Roanoke Civic Center (Roanoke, Virginia) Louisville 76 69
2008-09 ACC Leonard Hamilton Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Georgia) Duke 69 79
2011-12 ACC Leonard Hamilton Philips Arena (Atlanta, Georgia) North Carolina 85 82
Championship Results: 3-7   772 799

Conference Regular Season Championships[edit]

Season Conference Coach Overall Conference
1950-51 Dixie J.K. Kennedy 18-9 7–0
1954-55 Florida Intercollegiate J.K. Kennedy 22–4 10–0
1977-78 Metro Hugh Durham 23–6 12–1
1988-89 Metro Pat Kennedy 22–8 9–3
Total Conference Titles 4

Records and results[edit]

Year-by-year results[edit]

National Champions Conference Tournament Champions Conference Regular Season Champions NCAA Tournament NIT Tournament

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, C = Conference

*122 total wins vacated from the 2006-2007 basketball season due to the academic scandal
*27 ACC wins vacated from the 2006-2007 basketball season due to the academic scandal

Polls[edit]

Florida State has ended their basketball season ranked 10 times in either the AP or Coaches Poll. Top-10 finishes are colored ██

Florida State has been ranked in the AP Poll a total of 112 times with a second place ranking being the best the team has ever received.[5]

In-Season Tournament[edit]

Tournament Appearances Best Result
All College Tournament 1964-65, 1972-73 Third
Battle 4 Atlantis 2011-12
Big Sun Classic 1973-74, 1975–76, 1977-78 Champions
Birmingham Classic 1977-78 Champions
Bluebonnet Classic 1973-74 Second
Cable Car Classic 1976-77 Second
Cabrillo Classic 1982-83 Third
Carousel Tournament 1955-56
Citadel Invitational 1958-59 Fourth
Civitan Classic 1968-69, 1971-72 Champions
Coaches vs. Cancer 2012-13 Champions
Colonial Classic 2006-07
Corpus Christi Caller Times Challenge 2004-05
Cotton States Classic 1980-81 Champions
Dayton Invitational 1972-73, 1978–79, 1981-82 Second
Diamond Head Classic 2010-11
ECAC Holiday Festival 1989-90 Third
Evansville Tournament 1967-68 Second
Far West Classic 1971-72, 1975-76 Champions
Fiesta Bowl Classic 2002-03 Third
Florida Four Classic 1981-82, 1982-83 Second
Florida Sunshine Classic 1968-69, 1970–71, 1971-72 Champions
Gator Bowl Tournament 1951-52, 1954–55, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1963–64, 1969-70 Champions
Glenn Wilkes Classic 2007-08
Global Sports Classic 2008-09 Champions
Great Alaska Shootout 1989-90, 2000-01 Fifth
Hall of Fame Tip-Off 2014-15
IPTAY Tournament 1976-77 Second
Louisville Holiday 1974-75 Second
Marshall Invitational 1972-73 Third
Mercer Bear Classic 1973-74 Third
Milwaukee Classic 1967-68 Third
Old Dominion Classic 1978-79 Second
Old Spice Classic 2009-10 Champions
Orange Bowl Tournament 1955-56
NAIB District 25 1950-51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1954-55 Champions
NAIB Nationals 1950-51, 1954-55 Quarterfinals
Pillsbury Classic 1977-78 Second
Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic 2003-04 Second
Preseason NIT 1992-93, 1997-98 Second
Puerto Rico Tip-Off 2013-14 Third
Rainbow Classic 1998-99 Fifth
Red Lobster Classic 1986-87, 1987–88, 1988–89 Champions
Savannah Invitational 1962-63 Champions
Senior Bowl Tournament 1956-57, 1957–58, 1971-72 Champions
Steel Bowl Tournament 1973-74 Second
Sun Bowl 1970-71
Tampa Invitational 1965-66 Second
Vanderbilt Invitational 1964-65 Third
Vermont Classic 1976-77 Third

All-time record vs. ACC teams[edit]

Opponent Won Lost Percentage Streak First Meeting
Boston College 6 5 .545 Won 2 2006
Clemson 34^ 29 .540 Lost 1 1951
Duke 8^ 33 .195 Lost 2 1955
Georgia Tech 38 27 .585 Won 9 1963
Louisville 9 30 .231 Won 1 1968
Miami 39^ 32 .549 Lost 1 1950
North Carolina 12 46 .207 Lost 4 1965
NC State 22^ 29 .431 Lost 1 1955
Notre Dame 2 0 1.000 Won 2 2011
Pittsburgh 2 9 .182 Won 1 1973
Syracuse 1 4 .200 Lost 1 1990
Virginia 22 21 .512 Lost 3 1992
Virginia Tech 27^ 20 .574 Won 1 1968
Wake Forest 21^ 24 .467 Won 2 1958
Totals 243 309 .440

*^wins vacated from the 2006-2007 basketball season due to the academic scandal

Rivals[edit]

Opponent Won Lost Percentage Streak First Meeting
Florida 21^ 43 .328 Lost 5 1951
Miami 39^ 32 .543 Lost 1 1950
Clemson 34^ 29 .540 Lost 1 1951
Totals 94 104 .475

*^wins vacated from the 2006-2007 basketball season due to the academic scandal

College Gameday[edit]

The Seminoles have appeared on ESPN's College Game Day twice since 2005. Florida State is 1-1 in games played when College GameDay has traveled to Seminole games. Florida State has hosted the program 1 time, in 2012, when the North Carolina Tar Heels played in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have a 1-0 record when Gameday is on campus.

FSU vs. AP Ranked #1[edit]

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Seminoles have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 14 times. Their combined record is 15–14.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1968 First Round East Tennessee State L 69–79
1972 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
Eastern Kentucky
Minnesota
Kentucky
North Caorlina
UCLA
W 83–81
W 70–56
W 73–54
W 79–75
L 76–81
1978 First Round Kentucky L 76–85
1980 #8 First Round
Second Round
#9 Toledo
#1 Kentucky
W 94–91
L 78–97
1988 #12 First Round #5 Iowa L 98–102
1989 #4 First Round #13 Middle Tennessee L 83–97
1991 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 USC
#2 Indiana
W 75–72
L 69–82
1992 #3 First Round
Second Round
Second Round
#14 Montana
#6 Georgetown
#2 Indiana
W 78–68
W 78–68
L 74–85
1993 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#14 Evansville
#11 Tulane
#7 WKU
#1 Kentucky
W 82–70
W 94–63
W 81–78OT
L 81–106
1998 #12 First Round
Second Round
#5 TCU
#13 Valparaiso
W 96–87
L 77–83OT
2009 #5 First Round #12 Wisconsin L 59–61OT
2010 #9 First Round #8 Gonzaga L 60–67
2011 #10 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#7 Texas A&M
#2 Notre Dame
#11 VCU
W 57–50
W 71–57
L 71–72OT
2012 #3 Second Round
Third Round
#14 St. Bonaventure
#6 Cincinnati
W 66–63
L 56–62

NCAA Tournament seeding[edit]

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years → '80 '88 '89 '91 '92 '93 '98 '09 '10 '11 '12
Seeds → 8 12 4 7 3 3 12 5 9 10 3

NIT results[edit]

The Seminoles have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) nine times. Their combined record is 13–9.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1984 First Round
Second Round
NC State
Pittsburgh
W 74–71
L 63–66
1987 First Round
Second Round
Rhode Island
Vanderbilt
W 107–92
L 92–109
1997 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Syracuse
Michigan State
West Virginia
Connecticut
Michigan
W 82–67
W 68–63
W 76–71
W 71–65
L 73–82
2004 First Round
Second Round
Wichita State
Iowa State
W 91–84
L 59–62
2006 #2 First Round
Second Round
#8 Butler
#3 South Carolina
W 67–63
L 68–69
2007 #2 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
#7 Toledo
#3 Michigan
#1 Mississippi State
W 77–61
W 87–66
L 71–86
2008 #3 First Round #6 Akron L 60–65OT
2013 #4 First Round #5 Louisiana Tech L 66–71
2014 #1 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
#8 Florida Gulf Coast
#4 Georgetown
#3 Louisiana Tech
#1 Minnesota
W 58–53
W 101–90
W 78–75
L 64–67OT

NIT seeding[edit]

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 2006 edition.

Years → '06 '07 '08 '13 '14
Seeds → 2 2 3 4 1

ACC tournament results[edit]

The ACC Men's Basketball Tournament is the conference championship tournament in basketball for the Atlantic Coast Conference. It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records. The winner receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Florida State has won the ACC Tournament once, in 2012 under coach Leonard Hamilton.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1992 #2 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
#7 NC State
#3 North Carolina
W 93–80
L 76–80
1993 #2 Quarterfinals #7 Clemson L 75–87
1994 #7 Quarterfinals #2 North Carolina L 69–83
1995 #7 Quarterfinals #2 Maryland L 64–71
1996 #8 First Round #9 NC State L 65–80
1997 #7 Quarterfinals #2 Wake Forest L 65–66
1998 #7 First Round #8 NC State L 63–65
1999 #8 First Round
Quarterfinals
#7 Clemson
#2 Maryland
W 87–85
L 69–93
2000 #7 First Round
Quarterfinals
#8 Georgia Tech
#2 Maryland
W 63–62
L 61–82
2001 #8 First Round #9 Clemson L 64–66
2002 #8 First Round
Quarterfinals
#9 Clemson
#1 Maryland
W 91–84
L 59–85
2003 #9 First Round
Quarterfinals
#8 Clemson
#1 Wake Forest
W 72–61
L 61–69
2004 #7 Quarterfinals #2 NC State L 71–78
2005 #10 First Round #7 NC State L 54–70
2006 #5 First Round #12 Wake Forest L 66–78
2007 #9 First Round
Quarterfinals
#8 Clemson
#1 North Carolina
W 67–66
L 58–73
2008 #9 First Round
Quarterfinals
#8 Wake Forest
#2 North Carolina
W 70–60
L 70–82
2009 #4 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship
#12 Georgia Tech
#1 North Carolina
#3 Duke
W 64–62
W 73–70
L 69-79
2010 #3 Quarterfinals #11 NC State L 52–58
2011 #3 Quarterfinals #6 Virginia Tech L 52-51
2012 #3 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship
#6 Miami (FL)
#2 Duke
#1 North Carolina
W 82–71
W 62–59
W 85-82
2013 #6 First Round
Quarterfinals
#11 Clemson
#3 North Carolina
W 73–69
L 62-83
2014 #9 Second Round
Quarterfinals
#8 Maryland
#1 Virginia
W 67–65
L 51-64

Awards[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

Solomon Alabi
Chris Singleton
Al Thornton

Conference awards[edit]

ACC Coach of the Year

  • Pat Kennedy (1992)
  • Leonard Hamilton (2009, 2012)

ACC Defensive Player of the Year (since 2005)

  • Toney Douglas (2009)
  • Chris Singleton (2010)

Home court[edit]

Donald L. Tucker Center[edit]

The Donald L. Tucker Center, home of the Seminoles.

The Seminoles play all of their home games at the Donald L. Tucker Center. It is an 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2) multi-purpose facility which has hosted over 25 years worth of Seminole games.[6]

Players[edit]

Current Roster[edit]

Name Pos. Year No. Height Weight Hometown Last School
Boris Bojanovsky C So. 15 7-3 240 Bratislava, Slovak Republic Oakley College
Devon Bookert G So. 1 6-3 185 Anchorage, Alaska West Anchorage
Montay Brandon G So. 5 6-7 216 Greensboro, North Carolina Wesleyan Christian
Robert Gilchrist F Sr. 14 6-9 220 London, England Polk State College
Joell Hopkins F Jr. 35 6-6 205 Durham, North Carolina Tallahassee Community College
Ian Miller G Sr. 30 6-3 186 Charlotte, North Carolina United Faith Christian Academy
Michael Ojo C So. 50 7-1 290 Lagos, Nigeria Tennessee Temple
Aaron Thomas G So. 25 6-5 195 Cincinnati, Ohio Brewster Academy
Kiel Turpin C RSr. 11 7-0 240 Normal, Illinois Lincoln College
Terry Whisnant II G So. 31 6-3 185 Cherryville, North Carolina Cherryville
Okaro White F Sr. 10 6-8 202 Clearwater, Florida Clearwater

Notable alumni[edit]

Sam Cassell was one of the top point guards in FSU history.

Retired numbers[edit]

Banners hanging at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Dave Cowens is the only player to have his number retired by the Seminoles.[7]

No. Player Pos. Career
13 Dave Cowens C 1968-70

Honored jerseys[edit]

Some jerseys have been honored although their numbers are still active.

No. Player Pos. Career
3 Bob Sura SG 1992-95
10 Sam Cassell PG 1992-93
25 Hugh Durham G 1957-59
43 Dave Fedor 1960-62
33 Ron King 1971-73

Current NBA Players[edit]

Bernard James was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft.

Mascot[edit]

Sammy Seminole, the original mascot

Florida State recently revived the character of Cimarron, a costume mascot that will make appearances at many FSU athletic events and functions. In addition, the character will make public appearances and will be available for functions at area schools and service projects, as well as with the spirit groups.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The ESPN/Sagarin All-Time Rankings
  2. ^ "Hugh Durham" (English). Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  3. ^ a b "The 20th Greatest College Basketball In The South: Florida State Seminoles" (English). Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  4. ^ "Florida State Basketball" (English). Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  5. ^ "Total Appearances in the AP Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  6. ^ "The Donald L. Tucker Center Florida State’s Basketball Home" (English). Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  7. ^ "FSU Retired Numbers/Jerseys" at Seminoles website
  8. ^ "Florida State Revives Cimarron Character to Promote Athletics". Florida State 24/7. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 

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