Florida State University

Florida State University is one of the most recognized universities in the United States, both in academics and athletics. the Florida State Seminoles sports teams compete in 17 different sports, winning 12 national championships and more than 100 conference titles. They’ve also fielded numerous conference champions in individual sports.

Florida State competes in the NCAA 1st Division’s Atlantic Coast Conference, along with Clemson, Duke, Boston College, Georgia Tech, the University of Maryland, the University of Miami, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia, and North Carolina State University, in what is generally required as one of the most competitive conferences in the NCAA.

Florida State uses the moniker Seminoles for their teams, honouring the Seminole Tribe, who originally formed in Florida, mostly residing now in Oklahoma. the Seminole Tribe was consulted about the use of their name in association with the university, and gave their consent to it, also working with the university to develop the team’s logo and mascot. Though the NCAA had a prohibition in place banning the use of Native American logos and costumes, Florida State was exempted thanks to their agreement with the Seminole Tribe.

The Seminole Mascot is Chief Osceolo, based on the real-life tribe leader of the same name, who rides a horse Renegade around Seminoles Stadium. Florida State fans use a chant called the War Chant, in which they swing their arms down from the elbow as if swinging a tomahawk, identical to that practiced by Atlanta Braves’ fans, where it’s called the Tomahawk Chop. Interestingly, the Seminoles never used tomahawks while fighting, preferring the use of spears, bows and arrows, and clubs.

The Seminoles football team, which plays its home games in the 88,300 seat Bobby Bowden Field, is traditionally one of the best in the country. They won two national championships in the 1990’s, and fielded 14 straight teams voted in the top in the nation by the AP. the football club has produced two Heisman Trophy winners, and numerous NFL stars, including Deion Sanders, Ron Sellers, Peter Warrick, Chris Weinke, and Warrick Dunn. There are currently over three dozen former Seminoles in the NFL.

Not to be outdone, the Seminoles baseball program is one of the top ones in the country, appearing in the College World Series 19 times and making it to the final on 3 occasions, losing all 3. the school has produced a number of current and former MLB players including J.D Drew, Paul Sorrento, Doug Mientkiewicz, Matt Diaz, and Luis Alicea.

Their basketball program helped bring stars like Dave Cowens and Sam Cassell to the NBA, making to the NCAA Tournament 10 times, with a Final four berth in 1972, where they lost to the UCLA Bruins.

Florida State’s biggest rivals are the University of Florida Gators, and the Miami Hurricanes, predominantly in football, though they play each other regularly in all sports. They also share a heated rivalry with Georgia Tech in baseball, and Clemson in football.

Florida State University

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