Jimbo Fisher Officially Resigns

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has officially resigned, and will most likely be announced as the new head coach of Texas A&M in the next few days.

The announcement comes a day before FSU is set to play Louisiana-Monroe, in a game that was rescheduled from Sept. 9 due to Hurricane Irma. The Seminoles rescheduled the game after their 35-year bowl streak was in jeopardy halfway through the season.

The Seminoles are coming off a 38-22 win against the Florida Gators, and sit at 5-6, needing one more win to keep the bowl streak alive. With the victory, they extend their win streak in the rivalry to five games. Earlier this season, FSU lost to the Miami Hurricanes for the first time since 2009, snapping a series-long seven-game win streak. Until then, the Seminoles had never lost to the Hurricanes under Fisher.

Assistant defensive line coach Odell Haggins will serve as the interim head coach this weekend. It isn’t sure if he will coach the bowl game should FSU qualify.

Fisher, 52, was in his 8th season with FSU. Since taking the reigns from longtime Seminole head coach Bobby Bowden in 2010, Fisher had compiled an 83-23 record, including three ACC titles and a national championship in 2013.

There had been rumors in the past about Fisher leaving, most notably in 2015, when Louisiana State made inquiries with several coaches, including Fisher. LSU pulled back from the talks when money and public outpouring of support for then-coach Les Miles became a factor. There were less credible rumors again last year about Fisher going to LSU after they fired Miles.

The rumors this year started heating up last weekend after Kevin Sumlin was fired by A&M after seven seasons. Since then, Fisher had been sitting on his decision, keeping his thought to himself and away from the media. In the period between the Sumlin firing and now, FSU has lost three commits from this year’s recruiting class. The Seminoles went from being having the No. 10 recruiting class on Rivals.com to being No. 18

The Seminoles haven’t announced who their lead candidates are, but rumors have them targeting Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente, and Oregon head coach and Bradenton, Fla. native Willie Taggart.

 

TCC extends win streak to 8

Derrick Jones Jr., Correspondent  (@DerrickJonesFS on twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)- Tallahassee Community College men’s basketball team (8-0) beats Hillsborough Community College 72-50 in their second home game of the season, putting TCC on an eight-game win streak. TCC sophomore guard Javien Williams led the way with 21 points.

After losing to TCC last Monday 89-88 in overtime, the Hawks looked for a better outcome.

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Williams threw down a one-handed dunk, putting TCC up to 24-15 with 7:15 left in the first half. Constant rebounds and crunching down on the number of fouls (27) from Monday’s game against Albany Technical College was the key to the Eagles success. TCC only allowed 14 free throws against HCC.

“You can look at any box score tonight, and you will be hard-pressed to find anybody to win by 22-points with those offensive stats,” TCC head coach Mark White said.

Five different players logged at least 20 minutes during the game.

“It’s all about how you hard you play, and you show me you can play hard. Then I develop trust in you. Then you get to play the most minutes,” White said.

TCC had over 40 rebounds, with 22 on offense and 25 on defense. Corey Douglas led the offense with 12 rebounds.

The Eagles will return Friday against Snow College in Melbourne.

  

Eagles dominate Titans 90-55

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Third-ranked Tallahassee Community College (6-0) took on the Albany Technical Titans (3-3) on Monday night at the Bill Hebrock Eagle Dome and won 90-55.

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The Eagles jumped out to a 9-3 lead. The Titans went on 6-0 run tying the ball game at nine. Consecutive dunks by Corey Douglas and a three-pointer from Jamarcis Nunally gave the Eagles a 16-10 lead. The Eagles led the first half.

In the second half, the Eagles went on a 9-1 run, giving them the largest lead of the game 56-25. The Eagles improve to 7-0 on the season with the win.

”I’m anxious to see if we are going to come out tomorrow night and compete. I know Hillsborough is going to come out motivated because they feel like they blew it last year against us,” Eagles head coach Mark White said.

The Eagles will take on Hillsborough Community College Tuesday Night at home at 7 p.m.

Florida State senior forward Shakayla Thomas name added to the Wooden award list

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –The John R. Wooden award is usually given annually to the most outstanding men’s and women’s college basketball players. The award’s preseason top-30 list was presented on ESPN and the Lady Noles senior forward Shakayla Thomas was one of the names on there. This list is chosen by the members of the preseason poll of national woman’s college basketball.

Through two preseason games, Thomas leads the Seminoles with 19.5 points per game while shooting 52.9 percent from the floor. Last week, the Seminoles took on Jacksonville State and won 75-51. In that game, Thomas had 27 points and six rebounds. This week the Lady Noles will play an away game against the Florida Gators on Friday at 7 p.m.

Japonica James Named Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – TCC’s forward, Japonica James, was named NJCAA Region 8 Player of the Week. This is her second straight week being named Region 8 Player of the year.

For this week, James averaged 23 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and one block in two wins against Santa Fe College and Vincennes University.

James posted a double-double with both wins, as she had 16 points and 10 rebounds against Santa Fe College and 30 points and 16 rebounds against Vincennes University, which extends her streak to her fourth straight game with a double-double.

In total, James shot 68-percent from the floor, with her going 17-of-25, and 70.6 percent from the free throw line, going 12-of-17. James has also moved into second place, nationally, in scoring, averaging 24 ppg.

James and the TCC Eagles will end the month of November playing in the Budke/Serna Classic, facing off against McLennan Community College on November 24th and Cisco College on November 25th.

Florida State Heads To The Jamaica Classic Tournament

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent (@AVanSlyckFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Jamaica Classic Tournament will debut as the newest college basketball preseason tournament November 17, 2017. The games will all be played in the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Jamaica beginning Friday, November 17 and lasting until Sunday, November 19.

The event is being collectively hosted by Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment, the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport, and SMG.

The seven participating teams include; Florida State University, Miami University, Liu Brooklyn, Colorado State, Fordham University, Tulane University, and University of Hartford. No team competing in the tournament is ranked in the top 25.

A total of eight games will be played in a battle to win the first Jamaica Classic Tournament. Each team will play either two or three games total. Six of the eight games will be nationally aired by CBS Sports.

The tournament will open with Colorado State against Tulane, 2p.m. EST on November 17.

The Florida State Seminoles will first play Fordham University on November 17 at 6 p.m. The Seminoles will play again on November 19 against Colorado State at 5 p.m. Both Florida State games will be nationally aired to watch.

The intended annual event will conclude with the final game of the tournament will be played November 18, 2017 at 12 a.m., Miami University v Liu Brooklyn.

The hosts of the Jamaica Classic Tournament are hoping to establish the tournament as a premier pre-season destination for the future. The tournament is also hoped to attract sports fans worldwide and promote the Island, adding to Jamaica’s view as a sports destination.

Preview Tallahassee Community College vs Hillsborough Community College

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)- The Tallahassee Community College men’s basketball team (7-0) will host Hillsborough Community College (4-4) in the Bill Hebrock Eagle dome at 7 p.m.

Tallahassee Community College is on a seven-game win streak and looking to make it eight straight wins heading into their match up against the Hawks.

The Hawks look to end the Eagles win streak and also look for revenge after losing to the Eagles last Monday in an overtime thriller 89-88.  The Hawks will be led onto the court by their freshman guard Jacorie Archie averaging 13.3 points per game while shooting 36% and sophomore forward Ronald Jackson averaging 12 points per game on 59 percent shooting.

The Eagles will be looking to finish the season 2-0 against the Hawks with a win tonight.  With five guys on the Eagles roster able to average double figures a game the Hawks will have their work cut out for them on the defensive side of the ball.  The Eagles will be led onto the court by sophomore forward Corey Douglas and sophomore guard Javien Williams.  Douglas is averaging 14.5 points per game and eight rebounds a game while shooting 59.3 percent from the field.  Williams is averaging 12.7 points per game as well as 5.2 rebounds a game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field.

Tallahassee Community College averages 44 rebounds a game and 81 points per game while shooting 48 percent from the field and 36 percent behind the arc.  Hillsborough Community College averages 38 rebounds per game and 79 points per game while shooting just 39 percent from the field and 30 percent behind the arc.

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Trey Fisher Earning his Spot

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – FSU fans all across the world were heartbroken when head coach Jimbo Fisher declared starting quarterback Deondre Francois would miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season due to a patella tendon injury suffered in the second half of the season opener against Alabama. 

But to the Fishers, specifically Trey Fisher, this is nothing out of the ordinary.

Trey Fisher was thrust into the position of North Florida Christian’s starting quarterback after a career-ending shoulder injury sidelined last years starter, JD Jerry.

In most cases, having a sophomore forced into a position as important as quarterback has dire consequences on a season. Most coaches would tweak entire offenses based off of this change.

NFC’s head coach Steve Price did none of that.

Instead, through ten games the Eagles are 8-2 and in the second round of the 2A playoffs. In part because of Fisher stepping up and accepting the bigger role and all of its responsibilities.

Fisher is a born leader. It’s evident, with the majority of NFC’s core being young. Both leading rushers are juniors or younger and leading receiver Macho Arza is a junior as well. So Fisher fits in perfectly with their young talent.

“It feels great (to be starting),” Fisher said. “NFC is a storied program and I hope to write my own chapter in it.”

 

TCC Men No. 3 In Latest Poll

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)-

The Tallahassee Community College Eagles men’s basketball team entered this week at No. 3 in the second NJCAA Region 8 Coaches’ Poll of the regular season. The Eagles (3-0) had one game scheduled against South Georgia Technical College during this voting period, which included games between Nov. 6-12, but that game was postponed due to excessive condensation on the court.

The Eagles dropped one spot from last week after beating both Mineral Area College (Mo.) and Three Rivers Community College (Mo.) by 15 points during the first voting period. Chipola College switched spots with Tallahassee after going 3-0 last week, winning by an average margin of 26 points. The Eagles already notched a 72-63 victory against Albany Technical College this past Monday, and return to Tallahassee for their home opener tonight against No. 7 St. Petersburg.

 

How the Seminoles can still make a Bowl Game

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State University football team has gotten out to an abysmal 3-6 start to their season and a 3-5 start in conference play.  At this point in the season most players, coaches and fans would think this is just a lost season and there isn’t much to play for besides pride.  Even after this terrible start, the Seminoles can play for more than pride as they can still reach bowl eligibility at six wins.

The Seminoles have three games left and if they can win all three they will be sitting at 6-6 and surely make a bowl due to their eligibility and name. Recently Florida State rescheduled one of there games, that was not played due to Hurricane Irma at the beginning of the season, for December 2nd against Louisiana Monroe.

The three teams the Seminoles have left to play are Delaware State, Florida, and Louisiana Monroe in that order.  All of these games are winnable games, especially Delaware State and Louisiana Monroe two none “Power 5” teams. Florida will be the game that the Seminoles need to play their best.

The Gators also have a record of 3-6 but will be ready to play Florida State hard in their rivalry game.  

FAMU OPENS UP MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAY

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Rattlers’ new head coach Robert McCullum made his first appearance in Monday night’s home opener against the Johnson University Suns.

McCullum is a former University of Oregon men’s basketball assistant and a head coach at the University of South Florida and Western Michigan University.

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The Rattlers had yet to have a game until Monday night while the Suns came into the contest with a 0-2 record.  FAMU standout small forward Desmond Williams, a senior from Alpine, Ala., averaged 16.2 points per game while shooting 48% from the field during the 2016-17 season.

Williams continued his high scoring with 14 points in the first half alone but had four turnovers. Turnovers were the main story for the Rattlers during the first half, as they committed 13.

“We talked about it at halftime. Some of them were unforced on our part, but yet that pace lends itself to that. Quite frankly, we didn’t want to turn it over a single time in the second half, but it feels good knowing we only turned it over six times in the second half,” McCullum said.

At halftime, the Rattlers led the Suns 44-35, with Williams leading in scoring. Isaiah Martin led the team at the half with five rebounds. Marcus Barham also scored seven points and tallied five assists.

In the second half, the Rattlers began to pull away from the Suns. Williams continued his scoring outburst in the second half with 10 more points bringing his total to 24 for the game. He also led the team in rebounds with 10 as the FAMU defeated the Suns 107-71.

“I got to take it one game at a time. I scored a couple points tonight.  It felt good mentally to be in a groove, but now this game is behind me. Times, feelings and vibes change as the season goes so I just have to stay humble and approach it one game at a time and one possession at a time,” Williams said.

The win gives the Rattlers a 1-0 record as they head to Phoenix, Arizona to play the Grand Canyon Antelopes on Nov. 10.

 

 

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