Football

Florida State head coach Willie Taggart spoke with the Jim Rome show on Wednesday about the state of the Seminoles’ football program.

Rome asked Taggart if he thought FSU had to rebuild after last year’s 7-6 season.

“I don’t consider it a rebuild,” Taggart said. 

“I consider it a realignment. We have a lot of good football players on this team that have won a lot of ball games and know how to win. We’ve just got to change our attitudes and get back to doing the things that it took to win. I think one of the biggest things is getting back to playing for one another and caring for one another and holding each other accountable whether it’s on the football field or off the football field.

“If we can do a good job of that, talent-wise we have some talent here to get things done. We all know that if you don’t prepare the way you want to and be strong as a football team the talent is not going to even matter. We’ve just got to get together as coaches and players and try to live up to the standards of Florida State football. I think it could happen quick.”

The Chase ended on Wednesday, but FSU released a mic’d up video of defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett from during the chase.

Heisman Trophy Winner Charlie Ward will be returning to FSU in an ambassador role.

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What we’re hearing:

There’s been a lot of positives coming out of “The Chase” for FSU this spring. 

Here are a couple of players that we’ve heard stood out during the off-season workouts:

RB Cam Akers

S Jaiden Woodbey

S Hamsah Nasirildeen

DT Cory Durden

RB Jacques Patrick

LB Dontavious Jackson

These aren’t the only players that stood out during the workouts, just the ones that were mentioned.

Basketball

FSU basketball will have to wait for Sunday to officially find out if what seed they’ll be in the NCAA tournament, but projections have the Seminoles firmly in the tournament.

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm has the Seminoles as a No. 9 seed in the Midwest region taking on No. 8 seed TCU in Nashville.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has FSU as a No. 10 seed in the west region taking on No. 7 seed Texas A&M in Detroit. 

Bracketmatrix.com, which compiles over 90 brackets to get the average seed for every team, has the Seminoles as the third ranked No. 9 seed in the field.

Baseball

FSU baseball starts conference play tonight at 6 p.m. against Wake Forest in Winston Salem. The Seminoles are 13-0 this season, and have gotten there by stellar pitching and hitting production from catcher Cal Raleigh and third baseman Drew Mendoza.

More: Florida State off to scorching start through non-conference play

Track & Field

Florida State is sending 11 participants to the NCAA Championships this weekend, including three freshmen. The men are ranked as the No. 7 team in the country, while the women are ranked No. 25. Both teams won the ACC this year.

More: Three Florida State freshmen battle back from injuries to make NCAA Championships

Podcast

Wayne McGahee III and Curt Weiler breakdown FSU basketball’s tournament chances, FSU baseball’s hot start, and the off-season workouts for FSU. Plus, we talk about how Deondre Francois can win the starting job in the fall despite not practicing this spring.