Florida State Seminoles

The Florida State Seminoles are the men's and women's sports teams of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State participates in the NCAA's Division I (Division I FBS for football). FSU joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1991, and competes in the Atlantic Division in any sports split into a divisional format. The current athletic director is Colonel Randy Spetman, who was introduced on February 4, 2008.

The Seminoles field 18 teams, 8 men and 10 women and have won 12 team National Titles, over 100 team Conference Titles as well as numerous individual national and conference titles. In 1999, the Seminoles football team became the first national champion to begin the season as the top-ranked team without losing that position for the entire season. Recently, the men's outdoor track and field team has won three consecutive NCAA national titles.

The "Seminoles" name, chosen by students in a 1947 vote, alludes to Florida's Seminole people who in the early nineteenth century resisted efforts of the United States government to remove them from Florida. Since 1978 the teams have been represented by the symbols Chief Osceola and Renegade. The chief represents an actual historical figure, Seminole war leader Osceola, whose clothing represents appropriate period dress. The athletic logo, in use since the early 1970s, shows a profile of a shouting Seminole warrior in circle. The model for the logo was Florida State music faculty member Thomas Wright, composer of the Florida State University Fight Song and Victory Song. The use of names and images associated with Seminole history is officially sanctioned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Read more about Florida State Seminoles:  Overview, Baseball, Football, Volleyball, Women's Soccer, Women's Softball, Track & Field, Bill Harkins Field At The Manley R. Whitcomb Band Complex, Notable Alumni, FSU Hall of Fame, 2006-2010 NCAA Penalties

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