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A Brief History of Athletics at Florida State University

For most individuals, when they think of Florida State University, they think of Florida State Football. Although football is a paramount addition to Florida State University, it used to be just a minor team at Florida State, with only fourteen official members on the football team in 1903

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Football captains from Florida State University and Stetson University meet on the football field – Tallahassee, Florida. 1947. Black & white photoprint. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 9 Aug. 2017.

For the seasons of 1902, 1903, and 1904, the Florida State football team sported the colors of a yellow-gold and purple and in 1904, the Florida State football team claimed championships against Stetson University and the University of Florida. In 1905, Florida College (now Florida State) was named Florida State College for Women, the student body selected crimson as the University’s official colors. The Administration then combined the color of crimson with purple and achieved the garnet color that Florida State is officially known for and when football was re-established with the co-ed university that is now FSU in 1947, they sported the garnet and gold colors that we still use today.

During the years of the Florida State College for Women (FSCW), football was unfortunately disregarded and substituted with other tradition and intramural teams. A physical education program was developed and supervised by Katherine Montgomery, a former FSCW student graduating in 1918, returned to start her campaign for a physical education program at FSCW. This program included volleyball, gymnastics, and various other athletic clubs that pushed the boundaries for women in sports in an age where it was widely deemed unlikely.

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F.S.U. football squad – Tallahassee, Florida. 1947. Black & white photonegative. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 9 Aug. 2017.

The Start of a New Season

The defending national champions Florida State University Seminoles host a sold out football home opener this weekend against the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.

In the 1950s and 1960s, FSU played the Bulldogs of the Citadel fairly often when both schools were part of the Southern Conference. The homecoming game of 1955 featured the Citadel and a rather useful program which laid out definitions of penalties and a referee hand signal guide.

Hand Signal Guide from the 1955 Homecoming Program [see full description]
Hand Signal Guide from the 1955 Homecoming Program [see full description]
The 1962 game versus Citadel, following the Citadel’s 1961 championship year, was also FSU’s home opener that year and was widely discussed before it was played. Here, FSU HB Terry Hollman is brought down by two Citadel defensemen during the game.

Florida State HB Terry Hollman is brought down by a partially obscured player for The Citadel, as Cadet center Mike Reardon (55) rushes to assist. [See full description]
Florida State HB Terry Hollman is brought down by a partially obscured player for The Citadel, as Cadet center Mike Reardon (55) rushes to assist. [See full description]
In the wake of that game, The Grandstand Coach, a weekly publication of the FSU Boosters, recapped the game in comical fashion.

Comic from the Grandstand Coach - The Citadel Edition [see full item]
Comic from the Grandstand Coach – The Citadel Edition [see full item]
Here’s wishing the team a great weekend! Go Noles!

Up close and personal with FSU ACC Championship Rings

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ACC Championship ring from 1996

Excitement is in the air at Florida State! With the Seminoles finishing their regular season undefeated, heading to the ACC Championship Game on Saturday, and favored to play in the BCS National Championship, FSU fans have renewed pride after what some call the “Lost Decade.”

The Atlantic Coast Conference, or ACC, was created in 1953, and its charter members included Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. FSU didn’t join the conference until 1991, but immediately began to dominate the competition and have been ACC champions 13 times, making the Seminoles the most victorious team in the conference.

Championship rings have been a tradition in America since the 1920s. Because a sports team is only awarded one trophy, players, coaches, and staff are presented rings as a token of their victory. Prior to rings, teams were often given pocket watches or pins.

ACC champion rings that were presented to President D’Alemberte. Years left to right: 2000, 1995, 1997.

FSU’s Heritage Protocol is fortunate to have accessioned FSU President Sandy D’Alemberte’s championship rings from his tenure from 1994-2003. President D’Alemberte’s time as a president is synchronous to the Seminole’s reign as ACC Champs.

We here at Special Collections don’t have a crystal ball (well, on second thought, we might have one in our collection somewhere!), but sure hope that after Saturday the Seminoles have another ring to add to their collection.