I should let you know that out of respect to country music legend Willie Nelson I was going to title this blog article: "Mommas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Seminoles". But that would be disrespectful to Willie and so I just couldn't do it.
But seriously what you may not realize is that if a high school athlete really cared about getting a college education (some obviously don't) and if they all knew what I knew about academics and Florida State University then they would have to admit that the blog title is 100% accurate and factually true.
Friend don't let friends go to Florida State.
In fact it could be argued that the words "academics" and "Florida State University" should never appear in the same sentence unless the word "failure" comes right before or after those words.
Now, all I am asking is for if for you to just give me a few minutes to prove it. I did all the research, I crunched all of the numbers and I have to say that what I found left me a little bit shocked at the actual findings and results.
I looked at the NCAA Academic Progress Report Scores for the three major revenue producing men's college sports: football, basketball and baseball. If you are not familiar with the NCAA's APR it is an annual report that measures the year-to-year and four year aggregate academic performance of a university's athletic teams in all intercollegiate sports.
I went to the NCAA web site to research and compare FSU's APR scores in the three major sports with what are considered the four other major universities in Florida (Miami, Florida, Central Florida and South Florida) and all twelve of the Atlantic Coast Conference teams and what I found was basically this:
It was nearly impossible to find one single example in any sport that favored the Seminoles.
I guess if one thing can be said about FSU is that they are consistent. As in consistently bad. But don't take my word for it, just let the numbers and stats do the trash talking for me.
Football: The Seminoles and Dumbo, excuse me Jimbo Fisher, came in dead last in the State of Florida and 10th out of the 12 teams in the ACC.
- The ACC average APR score was 957.
- FSU missed that low water mark by 25 points with a score of 932
- That is just two points above the minimal accepted NCAA score of 930.
- Not surprisingly Duke led the conference in football with a 986 score.
- Miami came in second at 979. The 'Noles trailed Miami by 47 points.
- Even UF (976), UCF (971) and USF (952) scored higher than FSU.
Basketball: The Seminoles and former UM head coach Leonard Hamilton who apparently moved on to easier pickings should be ashamed. FSU did worse in roundball than in football in the APR rankings:
- The ACC average for basketball was 961.
- Miami came in well above that at 975.
- FSU scored a embarrassing 926,the 2nd lowest in the ACC (GT 915).
- Even UF (964), USF (937) and UCF (929) outscored the Seminoles.
Baseball: Finally we get to the Seminoles pride and their celebrated head coach Mike Martin. When you see the final results it is enough to make you choke on your mustard covered hot dog:
- The ACC average was 977.
- Miami came in third in the ACC and scored 989 (Duke 1000, UVA 992).
- FSU came in at 938 and LAST in the ACC (next lowest was MD at 949).
- UF pulled off a 981 and UCF a 980 both below Miami at 989.
These facts beg the question: Why would friends let friends go to FSU?