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Seminoles football to appear on all-access Showtime series

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Florida State will be featured on this season’s all-access football series on Showtime. The premium cable channel announced Tuesday that “A Season with Florida State Football” will debut on Sept. 6 at 10 p.m. EST. That is the night after the Seminoles season opener against Mississippi in Orlando. Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice president of Showtime Sports, said Florida State was one of the programs they were considering last year before deciding on Notre Dame. This year the network was…

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FSU AD Stan Wilcox optimistic about next year

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Despite a rare finish outside the top 20 in the Directors’ Cup standings, Florida State is pleased with gains the past three years under athletic director Stan Wilcox. The university announced Friday that Wilcox has been promoted to vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics as part of a contract extension that will expire June 30, 2020. Wilcox’s original contract was scheduled to expire in August 2018. Wilcox became Florida State’s athletic director in August 2013 from Duke, where he…

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Last Clemson-Alabama game launched dynasty, led to change

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The plan was for a Clemson coming-out party. The Tigers had finished strong in 2007 and entered the 2008 season with a Top 10 ranking. It seemed like the perfect time for the Tigers to take on a marquee Southeastern Conference opponent at an NFL stadium in a nationally televised game. Turns out it was Nick Saban and Alabama that made the statement in the Georgia Dome. Coming off a 7-6 season, the Crimson Tide crushed No. 9 Clemson 34-10…

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Clemson tries to stop a talented, motivated Alabama

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Tonight’s contenders for college football’s national championship, top-ranked Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, have proud histories of success with their respective programs. Combined, they have won 15 previous championships. OK, Alabama has 14 of those, but number 15 should not come easy, if at all, tonight. The odds makers list the Crimson Tide as a touchdown favorite, but that will only motivate Coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers. “We’re not the favorites, but we’re no damn underdog” he roared to…

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Alabama on verge of unprecedented run, with Clemson in the way

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Regardless of the outcome of Monday night’s College Football Playoff championship game between No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, a case can be made that no team in the history of the sport has had a better run than the Crimson Tide under coach Nick Saban. If Alabama beats the Tigers to win a fourth national title in seven seasons, the argument may be settled. There was talk early in the season after Alabama lost to Mississippi that the…

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Moving semifinals to New Year’s Eve a total flop

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The College Football Playoff is a marvelous thing. The timing of the national semifinal games? Boy, did they get that one wrong. The Orange Bowl, a matchup between top-ranked Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma that kicked off in the late afternoon on New Year’s Eve, could’ve passed for an Alamo or Holiday Bowl. There simply wasn’t the sort of buzz one would expect from a game of that stature, which surely had a lot to do with a 4 p.m.…

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Ratings for College Football Playoff down 36 percent

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Jimmy Kimmel told people to watch. Even soap opera stars on General Hospital made not-so-subtle references to making plans to watch the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Eve. All the prodding and promoting wasn’t enough to convince many fans to tune in. College football’s move to create a new tradition with semifinal matchups on New Year’s Eve drew ratings approximately 36 percent lower than last season, when the matchups were held on New Year’s Day. The Orange Bowl between…

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