About Chris Alford

My name is Chris Alford and I am a Senior at FSU. This blog is dedicated to anything related to Florida State University athletics. I will provide analysis, predictions, photos, videos, news updates, and much more.

FSU Spring Game Rosters

Garnet Depth Chart Gold Depth Chart
QB Clint Trickett QB EJ Manuel
QB Jacob Coker  
RB Chris Thompson RB Lonnie Pryor
RB Mario Pender RB Eric Beverly
RB/FB Debrale Smiley RB James Wilder Jr.
FB Chad Abram  
WR Jarred Haggins WR Kelvin Benjamin
WR Greg Dent WR Kenny Shaw
WR Rodney Smith WR Willie Haulstead
  WR Christian Green
TE Dan Hicks TE Nick O’Leary
TE Will Tye TE Jonathan Johnson (walk on)
OL Cameron Erving OL Bobby Hart
OL Ruben Carter OL Sterling Lovelady
OL Austin Barron OL Tre’ Jackson
OL Trey Pettis OL Daniel Glauser
OL Bryan Stork OL Josue Matias
OL Jonathan Wallace (Reserve)  
DE Giorgio Newberry DE Brandon Jenkins
DE Cornellius “Tank” Carradine DE Toshmon Stevens
DT Anthony McCloud DT Everett Dawkins
DT Demonte McAllister DT Nile Lawrence-Stample
DT Moses McCray (reserve)  
LB Nigel Terrell LB Christian Jones
LB Jeff Luc LB Telvin Smith
LB Terrence Smith LB Nick Moody
DB Greg Reid DB Tyler Hunter
DB Gerald Demps? Or Walk On. DB Justin Bright
DB Lamarcus Joyner DB Nick Waisome
DB Terrence Brooks DB Karlos Williams
  DB Keelin Smith
  DB Lamarcus Brutus

Previewing the 2012-2013 Basketball Season

The 2011-2012 Florida State basketball season is a wrap so it’s time to take a look at next season’s basketball team and what we can expect from them.

Players Lost- 4 starters and 2 reserves

  • Bernard James
  • Xavier Gibson
  • Deividas Dulkys
  • Luke Loucks
  • Jon Kreft
  • Jeff Peterson

Key Returning Players

  • Michael Snaer (as long as he doesn’t leave for NBA early)
  • Ian Miller
  • Okaro White
  • Terrance Shannon

The 2011-2012 team was a very experienced group of guys and that helped lead the team to the program’s first ACC championship. However, along with that comes a serious drop in experience the following season. The ‘Noles will lose 6 seniors, 4 of whom were starters. James and Gibson might be future NBA players wheras Dulkys will likely play professionally in another country. Luke Loucks set the record for most games played in an FSU uniform and his services will be missed greatly as well. There are a lot of minutes for this team to fill entering next season.

Snaer, Miller, White and Shannon will hold down four of the five starting spots next season as they are the only four players returning with a reasonable amount of playing time in the past; despite Shannon being injured almost all of last season. Antwan Space (SF) and Terry Whisnant (SG) were both freshman on the team this past season. Both players were relatively highly recruited and will be expected to make an impact on the team next season. One of these men will become the 5th starter next season while the other becomes the main man off the bench.

Kiel Turpin (C) transferred to Florida State prior to last season from Lincoln College but didn’t receive playing time. However, with James and Kreft graduating, the ‘Noles will rely heavily on Turpin to play center and assist White and Shannon under the basket.

The seven players previously mentioned here will see almost all of the action at the start of the season until the new recruits become comfortable. The key recruits are Montay Brandon (SG) with a 95 rating from ESPN, Aaron Thomas (SG) with a 94 rating from ESPN, and Devon Bookert (PG) with a 91 rating from ESPN. Robert Gilchrist (PF) isn’t highly rated but he is 6’9″ and could see some action off the bench. I’d expect to see Montay Brandon and Aaron Thomas to work their way into the lineup off the bench as the season progresses and eventually earn starting spots in future seasons.

Key questions entering next season:

  • Will Snaer return for his senior season at Florida State?
  • Will Ian Miller remain eligible and avoid academic problems?
  • How well will Terrance Shannon play after missing almost all of 2011-2012 with an injury?
  • What new players will step up off the bench and provide solid depth on the roster?

 

The Future of FSU Basketball

The Florida State Seminoles had one of their best seasons in program history. Despite the early exit from the NCAA tournament, the ‘Noles still managed 25 wins in the 2011-2012 season. The Seminoles earned 12 conference wins, four of which were against Duke and North Carolina en route to their first ever ACC Championship. The support for the basketball program enterring the postseason was at it’s peak and the Seminoles made national headlines.

Go back in time just a few seasons and the Florida State men’s basketball program had no national relevance. In Leonard Hamilton’s first six seasons at Florida State, the ‘Noles never made the NCAA tournament and finished with a conference record above .500 only once. Nobody showed up to basketball games and nobody around the nation ever mentioned the Seminoles after football season ended.

The winning ways suddenly began during the 2008-2009 season. The ‘Noles were selected to their first NCAA tournament in over 10 years after finishing 4th place in the ACC with a 10-6 conference record. In 2009-2010 the Seminoles also finished with a 10-6 record, but this time they finished 3rd in the ACC. Both seasons the Seminoles lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament though.

The rising ‘Noles continued to improve in the 2010-2011 season when they reached 11 conference wins and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. Then in 2011-2012, the Florida State men’s basketball program made history when they collected 12 conference wins in the regular season and then won the ACC tournament for the first time in program history. The success earned the ‘Noles a #3 seed in the NCAA tourament and a top 10 ranking in the AP Poll. Suddenly, Florida State basketball was trending.

However, moving forward, the Seminoles will have to jump some hurdles to continue having success on the basketball court. There were six seniors on this season’s team, including four starters. That is a lot of minutes and experience to replace in one offseason. Michael Snaer, Okaro White and Ian Miller are the key players who’ll return next season in addition to an injured Terrance Shannon.

Just when the Seminoles become a much younger and inexperienced team, the ACC becomes much more talented. Programs like NC State and Georgia Tech have been down in recent seasons but have been bringing in enough talent to make a run in the ACC the next few seasons. In addition to these programs, Syracuse and Pittsburgh will soon join the conference and make the ACC even more challenging.

How will Florida State continue to compete on the hardwood with a bunch of basketball schools? It is a great question that Florida State fans need to begin asking themselves. The success of the past four seasons isn’t normal in Tallahassee, which is why it was the winningest four-year span in program history. But how can one expect the success to continue if the resources, money and recruiting just isn’t there?

Don’t get me wrong, Coach Hamilton has done a great job of recruiting for coaching at a program like Florida State. However, FSU will never win recruiting battles over schools like North Carolina and Duke. It’ll just never happen no matter how many times FSU reaches the NCAA tournament. That’s why Florida State must continue to find unconventional recruits, such as foreign players (Dulkys, Alabi, Echefu) and military veterans (Bernard James).

The money that is put into the basketball program is a complete joke. Comparing to the funding that goes into football and basketball is like day and night. While the entire football staff gets a pay raise for not even winning the Atlantic Division, the basketball staff probably won’t see much of a raise after winning the conference. Programs all across the country are able to afford better coaches than Florida State. Fans in Tallahassee are lucky the ‘Noles landed a guy like Hamilton because he is the most they can afford.

The facilities for basketball are also pretty bad. Just take a look at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center and compare it to other NCAA arenas around the nation. It is at the bottom of the ACC and near the bottom among the major conferences in division 1 basketball. There’s a reason why recruits are taken to Doak Campbell Stadium and not the Civic Center. The weight facility and training center also aren’t on par with other programs and neither is the pay scale of the training staff or strength and conditioning staff.

It’s no secret that Florida State is a football school that has had basketball sucess the past four seasons. Suddenly all the fans in Tallahassee and people around the nation expect the Seminoles to compete at a national level on a yearly basis now. You can’t win the ACC and suddenly not have high expectations. The unfortunate part is that Florida State shouldn’t be expected to win the ACC or even finish in the top 3 or 4 of the conference. Given the money, resources and recruiting abilities, the Seminoles should really finish in the bottom half of the ACC rather than near the top. It is amazing how much success has been generated the past four seasons.

If the athletic department doesn’t do something soon to assist the basketball program at Florida State, the current success of the program will quickly go away. Coach Hamilton will get better job offers (Illinois is reportedly interested in him already) and the program will revert to the way it used to be. You can’t expect a program with poor funding and facilities to continue to compete with programs like Duke and North Carolina. There is finally some pressure from the fan base to develop a pretty good basketball program, now let’s see if the administration can respond.

FSU News and Notes 3.13.12

  • UNC football receives postseason ban and scholarship reductions for multiple violations, including academic fraud, impermissible agent benefits and ineligible participation. UNC will face 3 years of probation, postseason ban for the 2012 football season, reduction of 5 scholarships for each of the next 3 seasons and vacation of wins during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
  • Florida State is ranked 10th in the AP Poll and 12th in the Coaches Poll entering the NCAA tournament.
  • Michael Snaer (tournament MVP) and Luke Loucks were both named to the ALL-ACC Tournament team. Leonard Hamilton was named ACC coach of the year for the 2011-2012 season.
  • Florida State will face St. Bonaventure in the first round of the NCAA tournament at 2:45pm on Friday. The winner will face the winner of the Cincinnati-Texas game (12:15pm start time on Friday).
  • Today at 4pm, the sand volleyball team will host their first ever home game in program history.
  • 6th-ranked Florida State baseball (14-1) travels to play 1st-ranked Florida (15-1) tonight. FSU is on a 10-game winning  streak while UF is on a 13-game winning streak.

Florida State Receives #3 Seed in East Region

East Region (Boston)

Pittsburgh (Thursday)

#1 Syracuse vs. #16 UNC-Asheville

#8 Kansas State vs. #9 Southern Miss.

Albuquerque (Thursday)

#5 Vanderbilt vs. #12 Harvard

#4 Wisconsin vs. #13 Montana

Nashville (Friday)

#6 Cincinnati vs. #11 Texas

#3 Florida State vs. #14 St. Bonaventure

Pittsburgh (Thursday)

#7 Gonzaga vs. #10 West Virginia

#2 Ohio State vs. #15 Loyola

The Seminoles were rewarded for winning the ACC Championship today with a #3 seed in the NCAA tournament. The ‘Noles will play 14-seeded St. Bonaventure on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee. This game should (hopefully) be an easy first round win for the ‘Noles prior to a tougher second round matchup. A Florida State victory will lead to a second round match with either Cincinnati (most likely) or Texas. The Bearcats enter the tournament very hot after finishing second place in the Big East tournament.

The other ACC teams to make the tournament are #1 seed UNC, #2 seed Duke, #10 seed Virginia and #11 seed NC State. The Hurricanes were one of the first four teams out of the bracket. The ‘Noles won’t matchup against any ACC opponent prior to the final four.

Florida State’s Season Resume

Best Wins

  • North Carolina (twice)
  • Duke (twice)
  • Virginia (twice)
  • Miami (twice)
  • NC State

Bad Losses

  • Princeton
  • Clemson
  • Boston College

Home Record: 15-2

Road Record: 5-5

Neutral Record: 4-2

SOS Rank: 6th (Before ACC Championship)

RPI Rank: 17th (Before ACC Championship)

Record vs. RPI top 25: 4-2

Record vs. RPI top 50: 5-5

Record vs. RPI top 100: 11-7

 

‘Noles are ACC Champs!!!

For the first time in school history, the Florida State Seminoles are Atlantic Coast Conference champions. The Seminoles joined the ACC in 1992 and had only reached the ACC Championship once (2009) prior to this season but fell short in that game. However, following 12 conference victories in the regular season, the ‘Noles remained hot in the ACC tournament. Victories over a tough Miami team and the #6 ranked Blue Devils led to a matchup with #4 North Carolina in the championship and the ‘Noles prevailed with an 85-82 victory.

It was a team effort for Florida State as four players scored in double figures and another three players had 9-points. Snaer (18 points) and Dulkys (16 points) led all Florida State scorers while Loucks and Miller each scored 10 poiints. Bernard James had a total of 5 blocked shots and 6 rebounds in addition to his 9 points.

As a team, Florida State shot 59% from the field, 50% from beyond the arc and 73% from free-throw range. However, the 15 turnovers made by the ‘Noles compared to 7 made by the Tar Heels kept UNC in the ballgame unlike the previous matchup in January.

The Seminoles have a very impressive tournament resume to show off to the selection committee and will definitely receive a very good seed in the tournament. Florida State has now defeated both North Carolina (likely #1 seed in NCAA) and Duke (likely #2 seed in NCAA) twice this season for the first time ever. The official NCAA bracket will be released around 6pm tonight and the ‘Noles should be expecting a #4 seed in the tournament. However, there is a slim chance for a #3 seed but I’d go ahead and bank on a #4 seed for the garnet and gold. Congratulations to the Florida State Seminoles, 2011-2012 ACC Champions!

‘Noles advance to semi-finals

The final four in the ACC is now set: North Carolina, NC State, Duke and Florida State have all advanced to the ACC semi-finals. UNC and NC State will play at 1pm and Duke-FSU will begin around 3:30pm, following the end of the 1pm game. The Seminoles led nearly the entire game and managed to hold off Miami 82-71 to advance to the next round and eliminate the ‘Canes.

Not only did the defeat knock the Hurricanes out of the ACC tournament, but it likely also eliminated Miami from an NCAA tournament bid. Michael Snaer led all scorers with 20 points, Ian Miller had 18, Loucks and James each had 14 while Okaro White scored 11.

The Seminoles shot 48% from the floor, 56% from 3-point range and 78% from the free-throw line. Despite the pretty good shooting by the ‘Noles, Miami managed to keep the game within 10 points almost the entire time but couldn’t manage to take the lead. Florida State had 11 turnovers while the Hurricanes had 12. Next up will be a rubbermatch with the Duke Blue Devils.

ACC Tournament Bracket Set

All games will be played at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia

Thursday

  • Noon: #8 Maryland vs. #9 Wake Forest
  • 2pm: #5 NC State vs. #12 Boston College
  • 7pm: #7 Clemson vs. #10 Virginia Tech
  • 9pm: #6 Miami vs. #11 Georgia Tech

Friday

  • Noon: #1 North Carolina vs. Maryland/Wake Forest winner
  • 2pm: #4 Virginia vs. NC State/Boston College winner
  • 7pm: #2 Duke vs. Clemson/Virginia Tech winner
  • 9pm: #3 Florida State vs. Miami/Georgia Tech winner

Saturday

  • 1pm: ACC Semifinal #1
  • 3pm: ACC Semifinal #2

Sunday

  • 1pm: ACC Championship Game

 

The ‘Noles held on to defeat Clemson 80-72 Sunday afternoon on senior day to finish the season with a 12-4 record in the ACC, which is good enough for a #3 seed in the ACC tournament. The Seminoles will play in the quarterfinals Friday night against the winner of the Miami-Georgia Tech game. In the most likely scenario, Florida State will have to beat Miami, Duke and North Carolina on three consecutive days to win their first ever ACC title. However, Leornard Hamilton and his team better not be looking ahead to any game beyond Friday night if they want to avoid being one-and-done like last season.