Florida State Sports activities Pocket book: Burning Questions Version

It has been some time since our final burning questions pocket book so it looks as if a superb time to debate some points that can have an effect on how profitable a number of the groups at FSU shall be subsequent 12 months.

These questions are supposed to elevate points that can possible have a big effect on how properly the actual staff does subsequent 12 months. We’ll take into account every sport in chronological order.


Florida State is coming off of a 3rd nationwide championship season however that’s not the most important information surrounding this staff because the Seminoles put together for a title protection this fall. Lengthy-time Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian abruptly resigned from this system earlier than the champagne might even get heat.

Florida State (comparatively) rapidly pivoted to rent Brian Pensky from Tennessee. Pensky shall be tasked with insuring that this system doesn’t fall too removed from the dizzying heights reached below Krikorian. Let’s focus on a few questions that can assist determine whether or not Pensky shall be profitable no less than within the brief time period.

  • Has the Florida State loss of life star been fully dismantled?

Below Krikorian’s route, Florida State grew into arguably the perfect program in faculty soccer. The Seminoles received three nationwide championships, eight ACC championships, appeared in 11 School Cups and 15 Elite Eights. Krikorian missed the Elite Eight solely twice in his total 17 12 months tenure in Tallahassee.

Within the wake of Krikorian’s resignation a number of gamers (Yujie Zhao, Emily Madril, Olivia Smith and Mackenzie Smith) left this system. When mixed with the pure attrition because of commencement and switch that occurs yearly, the Seminoles have misplaced a grand whole of 13 gamers who had been both on the roster final 12 months or who had been anticipated to affix the roster this 12 months. A fourteenth participant (Kirsten Pavlisko) will miss the 12 months because of harm.

It goes with out saying that these are extraordinarily vital losses. Nonetheless, Pensky was in a position to retain the entire underclassmen and persuade reigning ACC Event MVP Clara Robbins to remain to steer the staff. Due to this retention there’s nonetheless fairly a little bit of expertise left on this roster.

As well as, Pensky has performed a comparatively good job of including to the roster. He was in a position to herald winger Onyi Echegini from Mississippi State and freshman Melina Descary from Montreal. Descary is a freshman so we are going to possible have to attend some time to gauge her affect. Nonetheless, Echegini’s affect must be felt instantly. Echegini was a prime 10 participant at her place final 12 months regardless of taking part in for a Bulldog staff that solely received 5 video games. Her addition is much more necessary as a result of she fills a wanted spot on the wing that was opened because of Olivia Smith transferring to Penn State.

If Krikorian had stayed and the 4 aforementioned gamers had additionally remained, the Noles would have possible been the favourite to repeat as Nationwide Champions. Even so, FSU has been named because the preseason prime staff within the United Coaches ballot. Nonetheless, with out these gamers (and with the upheaval of changing your complete teaching employees) the Seminoles ought to possible be positioned in a bunch of about 10 groups with an inexpensive shot at elevating the trophy on the finish of the 12 months.

Whether or not the Noles shall be profitable shall be decided largely by the reply to the subsequent query.

  • How will Florida State take care of the entire losses on the again line?

In final 12 months’s championship run the Seminoles completed third nationally in targets in opposition to common. The gamers answerable for this robust protection had been Kirsten Pavlisko (ROB), Emily Madril and Lauren Flynn (CBs), Gabby Carle (LOB), Jaelin Howell (HMF), Cristina Roque and Mia Justus (GKs). Of these gamers solely Flynn and the keepers return and Flynn and Justus are at the moment in camp with the U20 United States nationwide staff making ready for the World Cup. They’ll nearly definitely miss the primary three video games of the season and probably the fourth sport in opposition to Florida on September 4th.

How Pensky offers with the duty of reconstructing the again line would be the key to this season as a result of even with the entire losses mentioned earlier the Noles stay loaded with expertise in every single place else.

Coach Pensky was requested earlier this week whether or not he knew what they had been going to do on the again line or in the event that they had been nonetheless figuring issues out. “A bit little bit of each.” Pensky replied, “We’ve Heather Payne again who sort of performed in a wing again in that nationwide championship (sport). We’re very pleased and lucky to have her again as a result of she is one other smart previous soul. She has loads of worldwide expertise so I believe that she is going to determine again there someplace in that again line. We’ve received to place collectively a complete again line – middle backs and vast backs. We’ve to determine whether or not it’s a 4 again or a 3 again so now we have some concepts on some gamers, some children that we really feel actually good about.”

Florida State is on this robust place with the again line because of Krikorian’s departure and unhealthy luck (Pavlisko’s harm) however regardless of the motive how properly this subject with the again line is resolved would be the key to the season. To be clear, FSU shall be an excellent staff (no less than prime 20) regardless but when the Noles wish to make one other deep run within the NCAA Event they want the protection to form up. The again line doesn’t essentially need to be nice however it will possibly’t be a catastrophe.

Males’s Basketball

Final 12 months was a really irritating marketing campaign for Leonard Hamilton’s squad. The Seminoles completed with a 17-14 report and missed the NCAA Event for the primary time because the 2015-16 season. Nonetheless, if you’re studying this you in all probability know that the principle motive for the disappointing marketing campaign was that FSU was hit by horrible harm luck final 12 months.

On January twenty second the Seminoles had been flying excessive with a six sport successful streak and an exhilarating one level victory in Coral Gables over Miami. Everyone knows what occurred subsequent. The Noles had been ravaged by harm and proceeded to lose six straight video games and eight of their subsequent 9.

It was an actual disgrace to see such a promising season get derailed by accidents however the excellent news is {that a} very proficient staff returns to run it again in Tallahassee. Let’s focus on a few questions that can assist determine how far the staff will go within the postseason subsequent 12 months.

  • How rapidly will this staff be capable to come collectively?

Florida State shall be blessed with loads of expertise this 12 months (maybe greater than final 12 months) however there are loads of new faces on this roster. FSU shall be welcoming a whopping eight new scholarship gamers this 12 months – Chandler Jackson, Cameron Corhen, De’Ante Inexperienced, Jeremiah Bembry, Baba Miller, Tom Home, Darin Inexperienced, and Jaylan Gainey. How rapidly will these gamers be capable to jell?

The early schedule is just not straightforward with dates in opposition to Florida, Purdue, St. Johns and the ESPN Occasions Invitational. It’s possible that this staff shall be considerably higher on the finish of the season than the start of the season. This isn’t a foul factor because the extra necessary video games happen on the finish of the season. Nonetheless, early video games depend too and the Noles can’t drop too many for seeding functions on the very least.

How FSU does in avoiding disappointing losses will possible be very closely influenced by the reply to the subsequent query.

  • Who will present the management?

This isn’t often a problem for Florida State. Final 12 months the reply was clear, Anthony Well mannered. The 12 months earlier than FSU had Well mannered, Rayquan Evans, Raiquan Grey, and MJ Walker. The 12 months earlier than that FSU had all these guys plus Trent Forrest. I might go on however you get the concept.

There isn’t any Forrest, Well mannered, Terance Mann or Devon Bookert on this roster. I’m not precisely certain who would be the chief on this staff. This would be the first time in properly over a decade that FSU won’t have a single participant that could be a junior or senior with no less than two years of expertise in Leonard Hamilton’s system.

This staff may be very proficient and I’m fairly bullish on the prospects for this 12 months. Nonetheless, there shall be tough patches throughout the season. There at all times are. Which participant or gamers will step as much as lead the staff within the robust occasions? There are a number of candidates however there isn’t a transparent reply this 12 months for the primary time in a very long time.

Ladies’s Basketball

That is one other program on campus that had a training change, albeit with much less drama. Lead assistant Brooke Wyckoff was tapped to succeed very long time head coach Sue Semrau after Semrau introduced her retirement in March.

That was not the one change nonetheless. FSU has seen seven gamers switch from this system this summer time. The Noles compensated by including three gamers from the switch portal. Due to this fact, like the lads the roster could have a couple of new faces.

Florida State disappointingly misplaced within the opening spherical of final 12 months’s NCAA Event and the Noles have a couple of inquiries to reply as they attempt to get again to creating deep runs within the NCAA Event. Let’s focus on a few them.

There was a present again within the day known as Eight is Sufficient. The Seminoles are hoping that ten shall be sufficient as there are at the moment solely ten gamers listed on FSU’s roster. The employees has instructed me that whereas they aren’t foreclosing the prospect {that a} participant or gamers may very well be added, they’re comfy going ahead with the group that they at the moment have on the roster.

I’m much less comfy. If there have been assurances that there could be no critical accidents (or Covid) to take care of then I might be simply advantageous with the ten gamers on the roster. The Seminoles have a proficient group. My misgivings aren’t because of any of the present gamers. There simply aren’t sufficient of them given the uncertainty of regular accidents overlaid with the pandemic.

As well as, there’s one other subject with this staff.

As I discussed, FSU has expertise however the Seminoles as presently constructed are a small staff. Valencia Myers at 6’3 is the tallest participant. Each staff that completed greater than FSU within the ACC final 12 months (Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Boston School, Miami, Duke, Louisville, NC State) has no less than one participant 6’5 or taller returning besides North Carolina and the Heels function two 6’4 gamers and two extra 6’3 gamers on their entrance line.

Top is just not all the pieces in basketball but when the Seminoles are always lining up in opposition to greater entrance strains that might take a toll. Rebounding shall be key. The Seminoles must maintain their very own in opposition to greater squads nearly each night time within the ACC.


Florida State noticed a exceptional season finish within the worst doable trend final 12 months because the Noles had been upset within the Tallahassee Regional to finish the season prematurely. The Seminoles selected the worst doable time to have a foul day. Nonetheless, that disappointment shouldn’t obscure the truth that FSU was a glowing 54-5 earlier than dropping these two to Mississippi State.

Lonni Alameda has constructed top-of-the-line packages within the nation however there’s nonetheless work to be performed to keep away from a repeat of final 12 months’s season ending disappointment. Let’s focus on a few points that might assist decide whether or not FSU can get again to Oklahoma Metropolis.

  • How will Florida State rebound from final 12 months’s crushing ending?

Final 12 months was the primary time that Florida State had missed the Tremendous Regional since 2012. Nonetheless, final 12 months’s consequence was arguably extra crushing as a result of the staff had a lot promise. Even with the 2 losses within the regional, final 12 months’s staff had the fewest losses (7) of any staff that Alameda has coached since she arrived in Tallahassee in 2009.

The excellent news is that almost all of that loaded roster shall be returning. Florida State must change Sydney Sherrill at third base and Danielle Watson within the circle. They are going to be missed however the Noles could have one other loaded roster subsequent 12 months. Florida State may also have 9 seniors or graduate college students on the roster. There shall be loads of management. The Noles shall be primed to make one other run however there’s no less than one factor that may be improved.

  • Can the Seminoles enhance their margin of error?

Florida State was seeded second behind solely eventual nationwide champion Oklahoma in final 12 months’s NCAA Event. This rating was deserved based mostly on the gaudy report of 54-5 that the the Noles sported coming into the postseason. Nonetheless, FSU was 11-0 in one-run video games final season. As I mentioned in my season ending pocket book, there wasn’t a lot margin for error final 12 months.

The subsequent concern is solidifying the lineup. FSU ranked nationally twentieth in scoring, forty seventh in batting common and thirty fifth in slugging. These aren’t horrible numbers however they may stand to be improved if the bar is the School World Sequence. On the very least extra offense will give this staff way more margin for error.

That’s the key. The offense because the above numbers reveal, wasn’t unhealthy final 12 months however they should get higher as a result of FSU must have extra room for error within the submit season when it takes just one unhealthy day to finish the season.

As at all times, the feedback are yours.

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