Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Florida State Seminoles look to reverse skid entering NCAA baseball tournament

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin prefers to enter the NCAA tournament with a head of steam. But that won't happen.

Among the four teams playing in the Tallahassee region, which starts tonight, only the Seminoles failed to win their conference tournament. They were the No. 1 seed in the ACC but went 0-3 in pool play.

UAB, which FSU hosts tonight, won the Conference USA tournament as the No. 4 seed. Samford won the Southern Conference tournament behind Brandon Miller, whose 22 home runs lead the nation. And Mississippi State won the SEC tournament.

FSU is 3-7 over its past 10.

"We ain't the hottest club in the country right now," said Martin, who has won 1,716 games but no national titles despite 14 trips to the College World Series. "But we're a team that understands it's a new season."

FSU is in the tournament for the 50th time (33 straight under Martin) but has been unable to win the CWS in 20 appearances.

More baseball: FSU outfielder James Ramsey and infielder Jayce Boyd and Florida catcher Mike Zunino are among the 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the nation's top amateur player.

Football: Big 12 says it's happy at 10 teams

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One by one, the athletic directors in the Big 12 have professed their support for a 10-team league. The conference board of directors reaffirmed that stance Thursday.

Chairman and Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis said he was "flattered" that FSU and other schools expressed interest in joining the league. He did not clarify if FSU approached the league about leaving the ACC.

FSU previously said there have been no talks. And departing commissioner Chuck Neinas said it has not approached, "FSU (Clemson), Notre Dame or anyone. Expansion talk is tabled for the near future."

However, asked about Notre Dame, currently an independent, Hargis said, "That's something we would have to pursue."

Meanwhile, NCAA president Mark Emmert said he believes more conference realignment could be sparked by schools trying to position themselves for the proposed four-team playoff.

Conference officials currently are trying to work out the format for the playoff. The Big 12 and SEC believe the best four teams should qualify for a playoff even if they don't win a conference title. But the ACC, Big East, Big Ten and Pac-12 want conference champions to receive automatic berths.

former Gator to UConn: Linebacker Graham Stewart, who announced last month he was transferring from Florida, enrolled at Connecticut. The native of Middletown, Conn., cited "family issues" for leaving. Last season, he played sparingly as a freshman but returned a blocked punt for a score in the Gator Bowl.

Michigan: Senior defensive tackle Will Campbell pleaded not guilty to two counts of malicious destruction of property stemming from an April 7 incident in Ann Arbor. Police say Campbell was intoxicated when he tried to slide across the hood of a vehicle. An officer reported hearing the hood buckle under Campbell's weight, listed at 322 pounds.

Tennessee: Starting cornerback Izauea Lanier was declared ineligible for the upcoming season. No reason was disclosed.

Georgia-Ohio State: Games between the schools scheduled for 2020 and 2021 were canceled. No reason was given. But the Buckeyes recently canceled games against Tennessee for 2018 and 2019 citing the Big Ten expanding from eight conference games to nine and the upcoming series of games between the Big Ten and Pac-12.

Men's golf: Florida State faces Kent State in a sudden death playoff at 11 a.m. today at the NCAA championship in Pacific Palisades, Calif. All five members play the hole. The low four scores count. The winner faces top seed Alabama in match play later today. FSU shot 11-over 295 to finish at 23-over 875, tied for eighth. Tyler McCumber shot par 71 for Florida to finish tied for second, three behind Illinois' Thomas Pieters, and help UF finish tied for 12th with North Florida. St. Petersburg's MJ Maguire shot 74 and finished tied for 69th for North Florida.

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