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Florida State planning new facility to catch up with Clemson

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Florida State completed a major facility overhaul not even three years ago. But the thing about arms races is that when someone pulls ahead of you it means you are behind.

And Clemson officially pulled ahead earlier this year with the opening of its glistening, slide-equipped new home.

As such, Jimbo Fisher told reporters Friday that Florida State now has plans to construct its own standalone facility, going as far as meeting with an architect.

“We need room. We need meeting space, player development areas. You’ve got to have those areas and also to show off your history. That’s what Florida State is known for, being a great football program,” Fisher told ESPN. “You can never stand still. If you’re not evolving and moving, people are going to bypass you. You’ve got to keep going. The great programs never settle. We’re always looking for that edge. It’s going to help recruiting. It’s going to help player development. We get a lot of guys that are three-and-out, so we’ve got to have space for them to get them developed as quickly as we can so we can get production out of them.”

While saying that it’s a “competitive” race and not an arms race, Fisher also tried to sell that the plans for the ‘Noles’ new home were unrelated to Clemson’s new facility.

“I don’t care what they’ve got,” Fisher said. “I’m worried about what we’ve got. If I don’t think it’s going to make a difference in our program for these kids to develop as people, students and players, I won’t ask. I didn’t grow up with a lot. I was taught if you need it, do what you’ve got to do to be successful but don’t waste. I’m not going to do that. But there’s things you’ve got to have to be successful and that’s the next step, in my opinion.”

Clemson adds four new tombstones to its graveyard collection

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It is a tradition at Clemson to pay last respects to all top 25 victims the Tigers defeat away from home. And what better way to do that than with tombstones? It just so happens Clemson took down four ranked opponents away from Death Valley last season en route to the school’s first national championship since 1981.

The four new additions to the ceremonial burial grounds located near Clemson’s practice facility honor wins against No. 12 Florida State in the regular season, No. 23 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game, No. 3 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal and, of course, No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

While most of the tombstones are a traditional granite gray, the tombstone for the national championship-clinching victory over Alabama is in a black that stands out from the collection, as it should.

How many tombstones will Clemson add next year?

Former Clemson OL Jake Fruhmorgen transfers to Florida

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Former Clemson offensive lineman Jake Fruhmorgen has elected to transfer to Florida, it was revealed Thursday.

Fruhmorgen chose the Gators over LSU, the lone remaining finalist for his services. He is a native of Tampa, where he played for the powerhouse Plant High School program.

“They’re definitely successful,” Fruhmorgen told Fightin Gators after a January visit to Gainesville. “Obviously Coach Mac has brought in a good coaching staff, good players. They’re doing well. I’ve always watched the Gators – even at Clemson.”

Checking in a 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, Fruhmorgen was regarded as the No. 119 player in the 2015 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Fruhmorgen started eight games for Clemson’s eventual national champion squad before a shoulder injury sidelined him in October. He elected to transfer because, as he told SEC Country, Clemson just “wasn’t for me.”

NCAA rules require he sit out the 2017 season and will be eligible in ’18.

Spurrier on Saban winning Coach of the Year award: ‘Obviously they must have voted before final game’

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We now come to reason No. 3,758 why anyone with a sense of humor misses the Ol’ Ball Coach being a daily part of college football.

January 5 of this year, Nick Saban was named as the 2016 recipient of the Maxwell Football Club Coach of the Year award.  A little over two months later, Steve Spurrier took to the radio waves in an interview and decided to fire a playful shot across Saban’s bow.

That final game was, of course, Alabama’s 35-31 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship game. On Jan. 9, four days after Saban received his Maxwell coaching hardware.

Never change, Coach Spurrier.  At all.

(Tip O’ the Cap: al.com)

Deshaun Watson lone college football player up for Sullivan Award

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If college football is to stake its claim to the most prestigious award in amateur athletics for the fourth year in a row, it’ll do so coming from a very limited field.

Monday, a total of 16 semifinalists for the 2016 Sullivan Award were announced.  Of those 16, just one was a current or former college football player — erstwhile Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.  Watson was also a semifinalist for the 2016 Sullivan Award that was shared by, along with UConn women’s basketball player Breanna Stewart, then-Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds.

The latter was the third of three straight college football players who have won the award.

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was the 2015 winner of the Sullivan, while Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel claimed the 2014 honor.  Six other college football players have earned an honor handed out annually since 1930: Felix “Doc” Blanchard (Army, 1945), Arnold Tucker (Army, 1946), Charlie Ward (Florida State, 1993), Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007) and Andrew Rodriguez (Army, 2011)

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In addition to Watson, the other semifinalists for this year’s award are as follows: Aly Raisman (gymnastics), Ashleigh Johnson (water polo, Princeton), Brianna Turner (women’s basketball, Notre Dame), Ginny Thrasher (rifle, West Virginia), Helen Maroulis (wrestler, Simon Fraser), Jackie Galloway (taekwondo), Kayla Harrison (judo), Kyle Lewis (baseball, Mercer), Kyle Snyder (wrestler, Ohio State), Lauren Carlini (volleyball, Wisconsin), Laurie Hernandez (gymnastics), Lonzo Ball (UCLA basketball) , Malik Monk (Kentucky, basketball), Matt Centrowitz Jr (track, Oregon), Maverick McNealy (men’s golf, Stanford), Steele Johnson (diving, Purdue) and Vashti Cunningham (track).