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FSU president says he’s ‘deeply concerned’ about Donald Trump travel ban

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John Thrasher, the former Republican lawmaker turned college president, released a statement Sunday saying Florida State University is “deeply concerned” about President Donald Trump‘s immigration order. The order Trump issued Friday includes a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program. The travel ban is causing confusion and uncertainty at universities nationwide, Thrasher says, causing disruption and worry among students, researchers, faculty and staff who are citizens of the…

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FSU Seminoles face difficult football schedule in 2017

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The FSU Seminoles have a good returning class. They seem primed for a good recruiting class. Only one thing could get in the way of FSU. The schedule. Coach Jimbo Fisher has his work cut out for him. The Seminoles play one of the nation’s toughest schedules in 2017, which was confirmed Wednesday as the ACC announced it schedules. FSU plays both teams that were in the national championship game – Clemson and Alabama. The Seminoles also play rivals Miami…

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FSU alumni make history with 8 Oscar nominations for ‘Moonlight’

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The acclaimed film, “Moonlight,” from Florida State University graduate Barry Jenkins and his crew of FSU Film School alumni, has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning. Jenkins, who wrote the screenplay and directed “Moonlight,” was nominated in the Directing category. He shares a nomination for Adapted Screenplay with Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” which was the basis for…

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Both FSU, Florida football teams will be represented in Super Bowl

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There will be at least a bit of the Sunshine State in the upcoming Super Bowl. Former FSU running back Devonta Freeman, who had his second straight 1,000-yard season this year, will lead the Atlanta Falcons. Former FSU guard Tre’ Jackson is on the Patriots’ physically unable to perform list. The Florida Gators have been represented in 15 straight Super Bowls, since the Tampa Bay Bucs won. This year, both Keanu Neal and Brian Poole play for the Atlanta Falcons.

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Examining the expectations for Florida football teams in 2017

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If the early prognostications mean anything, then a level of success is going to surround the state of Florida in 2017. Most of the too-soon predictions for next season have FSU contending for a playoff spot. They think USF could have its best season ever. They think Florida and Miami will both be solid. The predictions come despite FSU losing Dalvin Cook, despite Florida losing much of its defense, despite USF losing Marlon Mack and despite UM losing Brad Kaaya.…

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FSU ranked eighth in final AP poll; three other state teams ranked

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In the final Associated Press poll of the year, the debate anymore is not who is No. 1. It’s how the rest of the field sorts out. This year, for instance, there was never any doubt that Clemson and Alabama would be 1-2 in the polls. But Southern Cal climbed to No. 3 in the final poll. The two national semifinal losers finished behind the Trojans. Washington was fourth and Ohio State sixth (behind Oklahoma). Four of Florida’s teams made the top 20…

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FSU has big shoes to fill with the departure of Dalvin Cook

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FSU has a lot of players coming back to its football team. One who won’t is a big one. Dalvin Cook finished the season as the nation’s No. 1 running back, according to Pro Football Focus. It remains to be seen if Cook is the top back taken — some mocks seem to prefer LSU’s Leonard Fournette — but Cook’s season put him above everyone else in college. Cook finished the year with 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns on 288…

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