Florida Capitol to be lit up in FSU colors
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 8/11/20-Florida State University Football Coach Mike Norvell, left, walks off the indoor practice field with Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, after a news conference on resuming collegiate sports at the FSU Tuesday in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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Gov. DeSantis says the Seminoles were 'wrongfully excluded' from the Playoffs.

Gov. Ron DeSantis may be in New Hampshire, but that’s not stopping him from a tribute to the Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles ahead of Saturday’s Orange Bowl.

However, in classic DeSantis style, the announcement that the Capitol will be illuminated nightly through Jan. 1 is backlit by grievance.

“After achieving an undefeated college football season and winning the ACC championship, the Florida State Seminoles were wrongfully excluded from the college football playoffs. While the College Football Playoff Committee failed to recognize the Seminoles with a well-deserved spot in the playoffs, Florida will continue to honor their remarkable season,” DeSantis wrote in a memo to Brian Fienemann, Director of Real Estate Management and Development.

“As a mark of respect for their hard work to achieve a perfect season, and to recognize that the Seminoles should be playing for a National Championship, the Florida State Capitol will be lit each night in garnet and gold beginning at sunset on December 30, 2023, through January 1, 2024,” DeSantis said.

The announcement comes just hours after DeSantis’ spokesperson suggested it was pointless for Seminoles to dress out for the game in Miami against the Georgia Bulldogs.

“These young men aren’t going to throw their coming professional careers away for Disney’s TV ratings when they aren’t playing for a championship,” asserted Jeremy Redfern. “Why would they?”

The Governor previously promised $1 million from the new budget to sue the College Football Playoff potentially over the exclusion of the Atlantic Coast Conference champs.

He contends “the damages being in that College Football Playoff versus being in the Orange Bowl is a big, big difference.”

It’s unclear what remedy would ultimately satisfy DeSantis. During previous remarks on the Seminoles’ playoff snub, he has said regarding an expanded field that “maybe it’s probably too many teams because there’s a happy medium between having a playoff, which I think we should, to where the regular season doesn’t mean as much anymore.”

Twelve teams will be in next year, but that’s too late for today’s FSU football team.

A.G. Gancarski

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


9 comments

  • Don't Say FLA

    December 30, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    We will all find out very shortly exactly how wrongful their exclusion was. My bet is they were rightfully excluded but we shall see

    • Julia

      December 30, 2023 at 7:05 pm

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  • Bama Fan

    December 30, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    It is not even halftime yet, but I am here to claim the apologies.
    Let the shutting the F up begin.

    • Don't Say FLA

      December 30, 2023 at 7:32 pm

      Rhonda’s campaign must have been coaching FSU. Or is losing that embarrassingly just a thing in Florida these days?

  • Dont Say FLA

    December 30, 2023 at 5:48 pm

    42 to 3 in the 2nd quarter says even less than Rhonda’s team failure to geta TD in the 1st quarter. Everybody gets a TD on Georgia the first quarter. Everybody. Even the payday game little league teams. But not Rhonda’s team.

  • Joe

    December 30, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    Aww, Tiny D jinxed ‘em. Pretty sure that $1M lawsuit fund can be spent elsewhere now too. No tears are shed for the whiny Noles or their whiner in chief.

  • Ice Tea

    December 30, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    What are the DeDantis Campaign colors? White and white, I am guessing?

    Whatever the DeSantis Campaign colors are, go ahead and light the Capitol up for DeSantis’ pending big victory in the G0P primaries!

    Colors. Colors..
    Colors

  • Valerie

    December 31, 2023 at 8:06 am

    A million bucks of our tax dollars?? Don’t we have a say here??? I could think of a million other ways Fl could spend that much needed funds, for starters; clean up the Indian River Lagoon. 20 years ago dolphins and manatees could be seen in abundance; today, you’re lucky to see one mantaee and a small pod of dolphins. The flooding is a HUGE problem throughout the city and many, many areas of Fl, as well. Ohhh, let’s not forget.. Palm Bay doesn’t even have a downtown which could bring plenty of revenue to the county. Fix the REAL issues at hand.

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    January 1, 2024 at 10:26 pm

    Did this lame ducked, lame brained colossal waste of money and energy get called off after FSU was exposed as the looooooosers the NCAA correctly saw them to be?

    One can hope Ron backed down, but he never backs down, so yay, Tallahassee’s all lit up in the extraordinarily losing colors of FSU.

    Too bad Ron put himself in the “never back down” box, a very bad box to be in, and only a moron would place himself into that box voluntarily and then, THEN, then he brags about it!

    Has any other pol, ever in all of history, bragged about painting themself into a corner? Oh — Yeah. Trump. Daily. But I meant a real pol.

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