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Friday, September 2, 2011

Florida State Seminoles

This is an excerpt from the book 'The Totally Biased Guide to Southern College Football' by Pete Davis, available now on Amazon.com's Kindle for just 99 cents at:  amazon.com/dp/B005FRFMYW
And you can follow me on twitter: @petedavis1
 
            FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES, or, WIDE RIGHT U.
            Based in Tallahassee, which is Seminole for “What have you done for me lately?”
This school had the second-winningest coach in the history of Division-I college football in Bobby Bowden.  He put FSU on the football map by playing anyone anywhere anytime and winning.
            But when they decided it was time for him to leave they escorted him to the door faster than Lee Corso can say “Not so fast my friend.”
They acted like Bowden was a radioactive Darrell Mudra.
            Before Bobby arrived in 1976 the college was known for two things:  Being a former girl’s school and Burt Reynolds playing there.  Mainly because he heard there were girls there.  Ironically, Burt the Seminole would later make a movie in which he starred as the main character ‘Gator’.
            Bowden won two national titles in 1993 and ’99 and was a calm and collected kicker away from two or three others.  They have 15 conference titles.
            For 14 straight seasons he led them to a Top Five finish.  At least he was able to go out a winner by beating his former team the Mountaineers in the 2010 Gator Bowl.  He won 302 games for the Seminoles. Bobby spawned two other head coaches, sons Tommy and Terry, who coached at Clemburn and Aubson respectively. 
            Jimbo Fisher is the coach now.  He was the coach-in-pushing behind Bowden.
            The program began in 1947.  For the second time.  They played football from 1902 to ’04 as Florida State College before forgetting about it for 43 years while they were an all-girls school where they cared only for cheerleading, like Kentucky.
            And before that they were West Florida Seminary in 1899 and played with each other.  Wait, that didn’t come out right.
1899 West Florida Seminary Team. The most feared team in FSU history.
            In 1902 school president Al Murphree wanted the boys to stop playing with themselves and formed the Florida State College Eleven so they could play with other boys from other schools.  Wait, that doesn’t sound right either.
            Latin professor W.W. Hughes became the first coach.  His favorite phrase which he uttered repeatedly to the team was “Ithay osethay owersshay oysbay.”  The boys felt this must be sage advice that the coach deemed so important that he said it over and over again in Latin.
            It wasn’t until decades later at a reunion of the team that someone figured out it was just Pig Latin for “Hit those showers boys.”
If you like what you've read so far just wait until you see the rest about Florida State and all the other SEC schools, as well as Texas, Texas A&M, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Miami. It's all in 'The Totally Biased Guide to Southern College Football' by Pete Davis and available for the price of a Whopper Jr. on Kindle at:  Amazon.com/dp/B005FRFMYW
And you can follow me on twitter: @petedavis1

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