The Daily Chop May 1, 2008
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS
William Floyd Named Color Analyst For FSU Football Radio Network
Florida State University and ISP Sports announced Wednesday that William Floyd, who won a national championship as a fullback for the Seminoles in 1993 and a Super Bowl ring as a San Francisco 49er in 1995, will join Gene Deckerhoff as color analyst on the Seminole ISP Sports Network next season.
Floyd reacts to being named new FSU football radio analyst
Floyd to be FSU's new color analyst
Former star fullback William Floyd, a wildly popular and key player on the Seminoles first national title team in 1993, will be the new color analyst and complement of Gene Deckerhoff for FSU football games on the Seminole ISP Sports Newtork.
FSU gets former fullback Floyd for radio
Floyd Joins Seminoles' Radio Team
Ex-player becomes FSU radio analyst
Bobby Bowden plotting his future wisely
South Dade DE Stinson commits to FSU
South Dade junior defensive end Ed Stinson, rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, has orally committed to Florida State University.
Hall of Fame ballot
Two of FSU's most transcendent players, Ron Simmons and Deion Sanders, are up for the College Football Hall of Fame class of 2008, which will be announced Thursday.
Sanders, Simmons learn Hall of Fame fate today
Ex-FSU players Xavier Lee, Joslin Shaw get NFL tryouts
FSU Sports Info
JUNIOR COLLEGE ALL-AMERICAN FIRST-TEAM GUARD SIGNS GRANT IN AID TO ATTEND FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
Derwin Kitchen, who earned Junior College All-America First-Team honors at Iowa Western Community College this past season, has signed a Grant-In-Aid to attend Florida State University and play basketball for Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Kitchen averaged 14.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists in leading the Reivers to a No. 11 ranking in the final national junior college rankings in 2008.
Kitchen (6-4, 180 lbs) is a versatile guard who combines an outstanding scoring ability with a tremendous defensive presence into a very athletic guard package. He can play both guard positions and has lightning quick hands.
“We are very excited about Derwin and his future as a Seminole basketball player,” said Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “His size and athletic ability will allow him to fit in with the players on our team and with the recruits we will have joining our team for the upcoming season. His skills will be a tremendous compliment to the players on our roster. He will help make his teammates better and his new teammates will help make him a better player during his career as a Seminole.”
Kitchen was an All-State First-Team selection and the runner-up for the Mr. Basketball award as a senior at Raines High School in Jacksonville, Fla. He earned All-State First-Team honors three times during his high school career. He averaged 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game as a senior and graduated from Raines after leading them to state championship in both 2003 and 2004. Kitchen was named as the Jacksonville Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and was a four-time all-city and all-conference selection and was selected as the First Coast Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005. Kitchen was rated as the 57th best overall player and the 22nd best shooting guard in the 2005 high school class by rivals.com. He closed his prep career as the all-time leader in points, steals and assists at Raines.
Kitchen was a team leader and one of the top players for IWCC despite playing for only one season at the Council Bluffs, Iowa school. In addition to ranking among the IWCC leaders in scoring (third / 14.0 ppg), rebounds (third / 6.1 rpg) and steals (first / 1.8 spg) during his only season as a Reiver, Kitchen finished second on the team with an .805 free throw shooting percentage and a .529 field goal shooting percentage. He started 32 of IWCC’s 32 games and led the team in minutes played. The Reivers had a 28-5 record including a 5-1 record in conference play.
Kitchen signs with Seminoles
Derwin Kitchen's three-year odyssey to reach the Division I basketball ranks appears to be over
For FSU roundball, Kitchen is a steal -- in more ways than one
Is Kitchen A Good Cook?
Ninth-Inning Rally Gives FSU Season Sweep Of Stetson
Third-ranked Florida State (37-7) completed the season sweep of Stetson (19-28) with a 6-3 come-from-behind victory Wednesday night on Melching Field at Conrad Park. The Seminoles, who were held to just one run through the first eight innings, broke through with five runs in the top of the ninth to win their 11th straight game over the Hatters.
'Noles rally in 9th, nip Stetson
Leading 3-1 entering the ninth, Stetson baseball fans had a good reason to be excited. The Hatters hadn't beaten Florida State since a May 1989 affair in Tallahassee.
'Noles rally in 9th vs. Hatters
It was as agonizing a loss as Stetson has suffered, in a season full of them. Leading 3-1 in the ninth over No. 3 Florida State, and about to finally gain some revenge against their Tallahassee neighbors, the Hatters allowed a game-tying two-run home run, then watched helplessly as an error gave the Seminoles the go-ahead run.
McGee homers in FSU's victory
Dennis Quinn's 3 RBIs help FSU baseball top Stetson
Dennis Guinn drove in three runs to help lift Florida State to a 6-3 victory against Stetson on Wednesday.
Seminoles Find Ways to Win, Hatters Fall Late
In the beginning the Hatters looked like a team ready to compete with the #3 team in the nation. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a Brian Pruitt (Miami, Fla.) home run, his first of the season. In the end they suffered the same result they had many times this season. Stetson (19-27) gave up five runs in the top of the 9th and fell 6-3 to the Seminoles (37-7).
Buster Posey Named To Dick Howser Trophy Watch List
On Thursday, April 24, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, working in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, released the 50 candidates named to the watch list for the 2008 Dick Howser Trophy, given to the top player in collegiate baseball. Representing Florida State on the list is junior catcher Buster Posey.
Softball - Florida State suffers a doubleheader sweep by No. 6 Michigan on the road
Softball - Florida State suffers a doubleheader sweep by No. 6 Michigan on the road
Wolverines sweep Seminoles
Seminole Women's Golfers Anderson And Young To Play In PGA Minority Championship
'NOLES IN THE PROS:
New Lion Andre Fluellen: Yeah, I'm undersized, but have you seen me work out?
Lions third-round pick Andre Fluellen recently appeared on WDFN-AM. Here are some highlights from the interview:
Celtics insist they have not given up on Cassell
Cassell’s time to shine
Until last night, anyway, the playoff vintage Sam Cassell had been locked away in...
Wilmington Avoids Sweep With Ninth-Inning Magic
Right-handed reliever Tyler Chambliss (1-0) ended up with the win for the Rocks, tossing 2.1 scoreless, hitless frames.
Drew, Ellsbury Remain Out
ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE NEWS
Clemson's Bowden talks football at FCA banquet
Texas prep star commits to Clemson
Clemson won the recruiting battle against LSU for defensive back Craig Loston (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) of Aldine, Texas. Loston committed to Clemson Wednesday.
Clemson looks into possible NCAA violation
Clemson University said it is investigating whether one of its assistant men's basketball coaches committed an NCAA violation during the recent recruitment of a player at North Augusta High School.
Tracking the Terps: Maryland could meet Georgetown at Old Spice Classic
Meet UM commitment Tyree Evans
Recruiting Report: Matt Bracken introduces the shooting guard from Motlow State (Tenn.) Community College
Vasquez to remain with Terps; Walker to transfer
UM gets commitment from power forward Kirk
The University of Miami men's basketball team, fresh off its best season in eight years, added another valuable piece to its future Wednesday when it picked up an oral commitment from a national Top 100 recruit -- 6-8, 205-pound forward Donnovan Kirk of Detroit (Mich.) Country Day School.
ACC Baseball Standings
ACC Team Statistics
Boston College Defeats Dartmouth, 8-5
Boston College (21-24) scored six times in the top of the second inning and held on defeat Dartmouth (24-15), 8-5, at Red Rolfe Field on Wednesday afternoon.
VMI Tops Virginia Tech 8-7 in Dramatic Ninth Inning
VMI's Brian Sandridge scored on a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Keydets an 8-7 non-conference victory over Virginia Tech on Wednesday night at Gray-Minor Stadium.
Wake Forest Posts 10-0 Shutout of Davidson
Wake Forest's Charlie Mellies, Matt Hammond and Brad Kledzik combined on a four-hit shutout to lead the Demon Deacons to a 10-0 rout of Davidson Wednesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium
OTHER ACC NEWS:
Mac McDonald Out
After serving 12 straight seasons as the play-by-play voice for University of Virginia sports, Mac McDonald has been let go, several sources confirmed to the Daily Progress late Tuesday evening.
OTHER FOOTBALL/BASKETBALL/BASEBALL/MISC NEWS:
Idea of BCS playoffs nixed again
Two bowls added to packed field
The NCAA has approved applications for two new football bowl games for 2008 in Washington, and St. Petersburg, Fla.
Do We Really Need Another Bowl Game?
Big East shuffles bowls
Campus lures NFL coaches back
While Nebraska drew more than 80,000 for its spring game (above), West Coast teams were much more laid back, and thinking about the quarterback position.
Nick Saban trying to use NFL draft disappointments as a lesson to current players
ASU lands quarterback from Montana
Brock Osweiler's life changed during his third period class at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Mont.
Plus-none system: Decision to reject playoff doesn't surprise Tuberville
Ex-Marine Giving The Orders
Cal's football team seemed to lack leadership last season. Rulon Davis is trying to make sure that won't be the case this season.
Bulldogs add Tennessee Tech in '09
Ohio columnist to Buckeyes fans: Justin Boren doesn't have Wolverine rabies
What doesn't make sense is the suggestion being floated that some Ohio State football fans might not welcome Michigan transfer Justin Boren for fear he will infect the locker room with cooties -- i.e., Wolverine rabies.
Symbol of success: IU vs. Purdue
Everyone agrees it's not the Old Oaken Bucket, nor will it ever be. It might not even be as significant as the Golden Boot,...
Spurrier strikes a different tone at Chapter meetings
It was the same song and dance repeated at several other Gamecock Club functions this spring — Steve Spurrier cruised in, answered a few questions from the media and then went into his spiel before a roomful of garnet-and-black-clad folks.
COLUMN: ‘Colt 45’ regrets quitting WVU after 1961
Meantime, Bobby Bowden was quarterback coach at Florida State and tried to recruit Colvard, who won the Kennedy Award as West Virginia's top high school player. So the youngster phoned Bowden and accepted a full scholarship
Lawrence N. basketball player says he will attend Kentucky
Lawrence North's Dominique Ferguson, considered one of the nation's top high school boys basketball players in the 2010 class, has committed to...
Waugh gets 2-year deal
Stetson men's basketball coach Derek Waugh has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the Hatters through the 2009-10 season.
Stanback plans to transfer from UCLA
Freshman from Fairfax hasn't announced where he'll go next.
WSU's Tony Bennett to earn $1 million per year
6-10 prep standout commits to WVU
Analyzing Our Rankings
Too Low - Florida State:
LSU baseball showing signs of turnaround
The headline on LSU’s Web site reads, without apology, smirk or preamble, “Dean, Martin Named LSWA Baseball Players of the Week.”
USC's new baseball stadium taking shape
After the University of South Carolina was swept at LSU this past weekend, coach Ray Tanner needed a pick-me-up as he left the airport Sunday
Alvarez could be Vandy's next one, too
Third baseman could join David Price as MLB's top draft pick
SPORTS IN THE COURTS:
Bruce Pearl's divorce from wife of 25 years finalized
Pat Summitt finalizes divorce
Must be something in the water in Knoxville
MISC COLLEGE/PRO SPORTS NEWS:
Jeff Ireland Q&A
Jason Taylor makes People's 100 Most Beautiful list
Three from USF to participate in Bucs minicamp
Bucs Received Trade Offers For Simms
Dallas Mavericks fire Avery Johnson
Less than two years after coaching the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals, Avery Johnson was fired on Wednesday.
Audio: Avery reacts (103.3 FM ESPN)
Firing coach won't solve Dallas Mavericks' problems
Flip Saunders speculation rampant; Dallas interested in Pistons coach?
Speculation over Pistons coach Flip Saunders is at a fever pitch. Numerous NBA writers are speculating about the status of the Pistons' embattled coach. One report has the Dallas Mavericks, who fired Avery Johnson Wednesday, interested.
Pierce, Celtics take control
Kevin Garnett made sure there were no easy baskets as the Celtics won Game 5 and now lead Atlanta, 3-2.
Pierce sorry for any misinterpretation
Celtics forward Paul Pierce released a statement this afternoon regarding the "gesture" incident that took place during Game 3 in Atlanta. "I 100 percent do not in any way promote gang violence or anything close to it," Pierce said in the statement. "I am sorry if that was misinterpreted in Saturday's game."
Hawks falter in Game 5
Celtics cruise to 25-point win; Hawks down 3-2 as series returns to Atlanta.
Bibby's struggles return in loss
Wizards not done yet
With a last-second miss by LeBron James, the Washington Wizards avoided elimination and escaped Quicken Loans Arena with an 88-87 victory in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference first-round series last night.
Witnesses see Wizards steal a big victory
Arenas ends his season a bit early
Lakers go from layups to layoff
Players are enjoying the time off and express no concern about an extended layoff.
Rockets can almost taste a playoff victory
If the Rockets can play their defensive rotations right and knock down enough shots, they could end up with a playoff series worthy of washing down with champagne, columnist Steve Campbell writes.
might be needed for Suns
Suddenly, the Suns have become as dysfunctional as the rest of the NBA.
Suns likely returning similar core
Bobcats hoping that Brown, 67, still has what it takes to mold a young, talented team into NBA winner
Smoltz plans return to 'pen
Braves pitcher says he'll come back as reliever, 'likely for the rest of this year'.
A Powerful Start For Rays
As Andy Sonnanstine made a statement to stay in the starting rotation, the Rays finished off the best April in franchise history by dusting the Orioles.
SI: Baseball fans in Tampa Bay are dumb
(Hey, Rays fans can join FSU fans in boycotting that rag!!)
Darryl Strawberry writing book
2008 NHL Playoffs
Dallas Stars let Sharks resurface with 2-1 loss
Playing on back-to-back nights after an intense overtime game Tuesday, the Stars and San Jose Sharks slogged through a less intense affair in Game 4. But the desperate Sharks won, 2-1, making Friday's Game 5 necessary in a series the Stars lead 3-1.
Statue of Oscar De La Hoya coming to Staples Center
It will join similar tributes to Magic Johnson and Wayne Gretzky. De La Hoya says of Saturday's bout with Forbes: 'This is no pushover fight.
Wachovia field still quite solid
No Tiger, no problem. That's the attitude that Wachovia Championship officials have taken since they realized that Tiger Woods, the ...
Golf season of savings arrives in Tampa Bay
Bill "From Tampa"
GO NOLES!!! FSU 1993 & 1999 National Champions
2006 and 2007 NCAA Track Champions/2008 ACC Men's Golf Champions
MFFL 1 day and holding
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