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Takeaways from Tallahassee — FSU takes on campus names, markers

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Florida State University President John Thrasher announced the members of the President’s Advisory Panel on University Namings and Recognitions, according to a news release. “I want to thank the members of this panel for their willingness to take on this important matter,” Thrasher said in a statement. “I expect them to be deliberate, to be thoughtful and to seek input from the entire Florida State community as they do their work.” (The full release with names of the members is here.) The panel was…

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FSU seeks dismissal of library shooting lawsuit

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Florida State University is asking for a lawsuit filed by a former student paralyzed in a 2014 shooting at the University’s Strozier Library to be dismissed, asserting the school is not liable for the “action of a madman.”

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Florida State, Lamar Jackson earn ACC preseason honors

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Florida State is the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville is the preseason player of the year. The ACC announced voting results Monday following a poll of 167 media members who attended last week’s media days in Charlotte.

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Senate President denies ‘moving goal posts’ regarding USF’s drive for pre-eminence

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Florida Senate President Joe Negron is firing back at University of South Florida supporters who claim the Legislature “moved the goal posts” when they reverted language in an education conforming bill. The bill, they say, would prevent USF from reaching the 11th of 12 pre-assigned benchmarks which would qualify them for “pre-eminence,” a status that would have qualified them for millions of dollars in state funding. “This allegation is incorrect and entirely unsupported by the facts,” Negron says in a statement released Monday morning.…

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Deceased FSU player’s brother says bill provides closure

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Devard Darling said his family can finally feel closure after the Florida Legislature passed a bill on Tuesday to compensate his parents $1.8 million for the death of his twin brother, Devaughn Darling, a Florida State football player who died during team drills. The bill’s passage comes more than 16 years after Devaughn Darling’s death. It’s been nearly 13 years since Florida State agreed to the cash settlement, but Florida law prohibits the university from paying more than $200,000 without…

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Several FSU players have highlights in Seminoles’ spring game

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It left you wanting more. In a good way. More points. More speed. More Cam Akers. More Derwin James. More Brian Burns. The FSU Seminoles’ spring practice Saturday was largely a tease, a hint of the big plays to come. The Gold team beat the Garnet, 17-7, in a game that that looked very much like a highlight film. For instance: There was Akers, the five-star recruit who stepped in like he had been on campus all along. He had…

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Can the FSU offensive line protect Deondre Francois in Spring Game?

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Five things to ponder while watching the FSU spring game. 1. The kids are all right: A lot of eyes will be on freshman running back Cam Akers as he tries to relieve much of the loss of all-everything Dalvin Cook. Akers is one of several Seminoles who have enrolled early, giving a chance for immediate help. Can Akers, a high school quarterback, be an instant success? Isn’t that the best kind? 2. The James Gang rides again: Safety Derwin…

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