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High-flying ‘Noles, road warrior Gators offer entertaining basketball

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While their bowl games are still about three weeks away, the athletic departments at both Florida and Florida State each have other quality products to showcase. Each of their men’s basketball teams have something to prove in 2016-17. At the top of the to-do list is making the NCAA Tournament, something that has eluded both. Florida has missed the Big Dance the last two seasons while Florida State is enduring a four-year drought. The Gators have been ranked in the…

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FSU hoops prepares for season as football takes a break

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This weekend will be the quietest of the entire college football season in Florida. Miami played on Thursday and South Florida is at Temple on Friday. Florida State, Florida, and Florida Atlantic have the weekend off, leaving Central Florida at UCONN and Florida International hosting Louisiana Tech as the only FBS games on Saturday. There could be no better time to take a pre-season look at basketball teams as they get ready for season openers. For Florida State, the first…

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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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Florida Gulf Coast’s present sees its past

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For the first time since 2013, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles qualified for the NCAA Tournament. For the first time since 2011 the Southern California Trojans will take part in the Big Dance. What do those two programs have in common? The Eagles were coached that year by Andy Enfield and the Trojans of 2016 are led by the same guy. At 47, Enfield is no youngster and has gained some good experience as an assistant in the NBA and…

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Florida State senior Devon Bookert emerges as team leader

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Devon Bookert has developed into one of the best long-distance shooters in Florida State basketball history. Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said the 6-foot-3 guard has come a long way, and he wasn’t referring to the 4,613 miles Bookert’s has traveled to get to Tucker Center from his high school gym at Anchorage West. “He has gotten tougher and more determined. He wasn’t always that way,” Hamilton said. “Part of it is physical, but a lot of it is emotional.”…

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Leonard Hamilton, Florida State looks to snap 5-game losing streak

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Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said he has an extra boost of energy after receiving a two-year contract extension earlier in the week even though the Seminoles are in the midst of their longest losing streak in nine years. “Anytime your administration shows confidence you are pleased,” Hamilton said. “We’ve taken a step back and had some challenges that we didn’t expect to happen but I know we can get this done.” The Seminoles (16-12, 6-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) are…

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Seminoles give Leonard Hamilton a 2-year extension

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For those Florida State basketball fans hoping Leonard Hamilton would be coaching somewhere else next year, you have a mental adjustment to make. On Wednesday, FSU and Hamilton announced an agreement in principle that would keep the program’s all-time winningest coach in Tallahassee at least two more seasons. Hamilton is a two-time ACC Coach of the Year and among the top 10 winningest coaches in conference history. During his 14 years at Florida State, he has accumulated 252 victories. In…

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