August 7, 2006

FSU ready to put past demons to rest

For the first time in recent memory, Miami's football program is having to deal with a truckload of on and off the field problems complete with massive coaching changes, player suspensions, transfers, and inconsistency on the field. That type of instability has been commonplace at Florida State the past few years but if you listen to the players and coaches they say that's all in the past.

Even though the 'Noles' record has been respectable, and there are three more ACC Championships in the trophy case, most Seminole fans and players would rather forget about the last five years.

After the disappointing upset loss to Oklahoma in the 2001 Orange Bowl, the state of the football program took a tragic turn for the worse with the untimely death of Devaughn Darling the following month. While the players were struggling to cope with seeing a teammate and friend collapse and die right in front of them, controversy and off the field distractions continued to haunt the program over the next few years.

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