On a hot Saturday morning in May, the football field inside Tropical Park was not colored green and orange at the University of Miami – which is just four miles away.
Instead, it was the two colors that many “ Canes ” fans hate – the garnet and gold of Florida State University’s Seminoles – that have taken control of Southwestern Miami- Dade.
Head football coach Mike Norvell and his team were in South Florida for three days of camps last weekend (one each in Palm Beach and Broward counties and two Saturdays in Miami-Dade) to begin. a tour of youth camps in the state of Florida.
Over 50 children showed up to camp alone on Saturday morning, some with parents in garnet and gold and even a few who threw up ‘The U’ and said they couldn’t support the ‘Noles. ”.
âWe’re a UM family, but it’s the love with FSU that comes here,â said a father named Frank, who brought his seventh-year son to the event. “It’s good for the kids. They could get my son to go to FSU.”
For the second-year coach, it was the smart decision to start camps in an area that has already been good for the Seminoles.
âIt’s a great place, a great story for the state of Florida here in South Florida,â Norvell said in an interview with NBC 6. âWe give them the opportunity to play the game they love, learn basic things, and really just improve and continue the Seminole way.
âThe Seminole Wayâ was not the one many FSU fans bragged about after last season.
A 2020 campaign included the end with a record 3-6, FSU’s worst since the 1975 season, and Norvell missed the annual rivalry game with Miami. The ‘Noles did not appear to appear in the game either, suffering their worst loss to the’ Canes since 1976.
FSU opens its season at home against Notre Dame and later travels to Clemson (the two teams that made it to last year’s college football playoffs) with rivals Miami and Florida. Norvell knows that looking back on what happened last season won’t do the Seminoles any good.
“All the investment that goes into it (the 2021 season), we can’t stop it now. You have to keep building, keep pushing. Your goal is to improve one percent every day,” he said. -he declares. .
One of Norvell’s most recent additions to the coaching staff was very familiar in the 305 – former Miami Hurricanes player, assistant coach and head coach Randy Shannon.
Shannon, who also spent time as an assistant coach and interim head coach with the Florida Gators, will spend the 2021 season as a senior defensive analyst with the ‘Noles.
âTo be with Coach Norvell and his team, great people and a great coach,â Shannon told NBC 6. âIt’s all about people and having the chance to do something special, to change everything around it. of the state of Florida and bring us back to the winning ways. â
The ‘Canes’ frontman, who has fought with former FSU head coaches Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher for South Florida rookies, knows the key to bringing the’ Noles back to the national title image is to recruit an area that gave. the program some of its main names.
âIt’s huge for us to bring the state of Florida back to the South Florida area. Here you have great opportunities to recruit awesome young men. Smart and amazing talent, but most importantly, that’s all. great people, âShannon said.