Donald Trump blames Ron ‘DeSanctimonious’ for FSU being left out of College Football Playoffs

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The former President finally addressed the Seminoles' playoff exclusion Monday.

Former President Donald Trump is blaming a familiar foe for the Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles not making the College Football Playoffs — his chief political rival and fellow Florida man, Gov. Ron DeSantis.

In a post to Truth Social, Trump said “Florida State was treated very badly by the ‘Committee.'”

“They become the first Power Five team to be left out of the College Football Playoffs. Really bad lobbying effort…Lets blame DeSanctimonious!!!”

The dig is especially brutal considering outrage over FSU’s perceived snub after the team failed to make the playoffs despite a perfect season. Fans, and even those who don’t fear the spear have taken to social media since the decision over the weekend to decry FSU’s omission even as two teams without a perfect record made the cut. DeSantis was among the perturbed.

Posting to X on Sunday, DeSantis said “what we learned today is that you can go undefeated and win your conference championship game, but the College Football Playoff committee will ignore these results.”

Interestingly, DeSantis has talked about Florida State football at various points during this campaign.

During a speech to a group in Prosperity, South Carolina, Ron DeSantis extolled the current performance of the Seminoles, framing it as a welcome change from years of mediocrity from the Sunshine State’s gridiron programs.

“Clemson has won in football recently. Florida, our state, has struggled in college football recently,” DeSantis complained.

“We were the top state for years and years. We’ve not had anybody compete even to make the playoff until this year,” DeSantis added, forgetting FSU’s loss in the CFB Playoffs after the 2014 season.

DeSantis has given variations of this speech before, lauding the Seminoles’ performance and excoriating years of lackluster seasons among the state’s programs before that, and forgetting that FSU made the playoff previously.

“We’ve actually never had a team in the college football playoff since the playoffs started. Fast forward, rewind, when I was growing up in the ’80s and ’90s, it was like a Florida team was competing for the national title almost every year,” DeSantis recounted during an interview Wednesday on WFEA’s Morning Update.

The Governor, who played Division 1 baseball at Yale, griped early in his administration about students leaving the state to play college football elsewhere.

“I realized this my first year as Governor. I asked my staff to give me letters of congratulations for all Florida’s high school blue-chip football recruits because we’ve got great high school football in Florida. And I’m signing these letters and it’s like, ‘Dear Michael, congratulations on going to the University of Georgia. Congratulations on going to Alabama.’ And I’m like, why congratulate them for leaving our state?” DeSantis said to a crowd in Georgia this summer.

“That didn’t used to be what it was.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Michael K

    December 4, 2023 at 11:45 am

    “what we learned today is that you can go undefeated and win your conference championship game, but the College Football Playoff committee will ignore these results.”

    It sounds just like the Florida legislature and governor, ignoring the will of Florida voters in several recent referenda.

    • Impeach Biden

      December 4, 2023 at 12:00 pm

      You have quite an imagination.

      • rick whitaker

        December 4, 2023 at 8:07 pm

        you have NO imagination. dude, just what is your problem with older people? there’s something going on there, did your grandmother spank you too much when you were a child? you live in the geriatric state, if you don’t like old people, move.

    • Max Villarreal

      December 4, 2023 at 3:15 pm

      DeSantis won his election by 19 points. The policies that DeSantis has passed in Florida are the will of the voters.

  • PeterH

    December 4, 2023 at 11:56 am

    Sunday’s NYT had an excellent article on why educators are leaving Florida’s higher education Universities and of course elementary and high schools! Twenty years of failed Republican leadership in the sunshine state is at fault! Our march to become the next Mississippi red state is on track!

  • Bama Fan

    December 4, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    The coach, the AD, the governor – way too much beta cuck energy coming from the state of Florida right now, and everybody knows it. Enjoy the silence after your forthcoming loss to Georgia and the end of the DeSantis campaign in Iowa and NH.

  • Pathetic

    December 4, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    The committee’s rules book was banned in Florida so they had to turn to Alabama who don’t read at all

  • ScienceBLVR

    December 4, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    Hey I got an idea ! If we follow Ron’s logic and kick all those foreigners out of our state universities maybe we can win a few games! Florida College football, played by and for God fearing Americans only!

  • PeterH

    December 4, 2023 at 8:28 pm

    In addition to managing the affairs of FSU football team Rick Scott, Marco Rubio and a dozen members of Florida’s Republican Party members of the House are very devoted and engaged in writing new immigration laws to halt undocumented immigrants from entering the USA illegally!

    Republicans in Congress are well aware that the ONLY ENTITY in Washington that has the power to change or write laws for the executive branch to follow is Congress.

    So folks …. let it be understood that all their whining about Joe Biden not protecting our Southern border is actually Congressional Republicans fault for failing to write new legislation for the executive branch to follow. Republicans will “hop to it” as soon as they finish investigating FSU’s football muddle. Only one muddle at a time!

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