11 episodes

The heroes and history of Florida State Football.

Garnet & Great Rich Halten

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The heroes and history of Florida State Football.

    FSU wrestles Alabama to a draw and the Bear is fit to be tied

    FSU wrestles Alabama to a draw and the Bear is fit to be tied

    Arguably the most impressive win of the pre-Bowden era was actually a tie. The year was 1967 and FSU had lost its opener to Houston. Next up: Alabama, riding a 21-game win streak.
    Here's the story,  told by FSU players who shocked the college football world that night at Birmingham's Legion Field. Including original radio play-by-play as the Noles scored more points than Bama gave up the entire previous season.

    • 19 min
    Definitely Not Your Average Joe

    Definitely Not Your Average Joe

    Joe Avezzano was an undersized offensive lineman on FSU’s 1964 team that crashed the big time college football party. But you’ll know him better as the Energizer Bunny on the Dallas Cowboy’s coaching staff in the 90s when they won three Super Bowls. Along the way, he was a college assistant, a head coach, Big D. celebrity, entrepreneur and radio talk show host. Which is why this episode of Garnet & Great is more than an interview, it’s the story of a life in football, right up til the end. 

    • 20 min
    Geno Hayes in His Prime: 2014 interview back on campus

    Geno Hayes in His Prime: 2014 interview back on campus

    Listen to Geno Hayes talking Seminole memories while back at FSU for a Sod Cemetery event during the 2014 season. One of the program's most ferocious linebackers and a fan favorite, Geno passed away from liver disease on April 27 at age 33.  

    • 3 min
    Hoping for a rebuild, praying for a return to greatness

    Hoping for a rebuild, praying for a return to greatness

    As one of Bowden’s first recruits, Kurt Unglaub saw first-hand what the legendary coach did to resurrect FSU Football from the bottom tier of college football. And lately, Kurt’s been inside the locker room and on the field to observe how Mike Norvell is turning things around. Here’s how he compares their efforts.

    • 21 min
    The1976 tipping point when top recruits “saw the momentum of Florida State all of a sudden switch”

    The1976 tipping point when top recruits “saw the momentum of Florida State all of a sudden switch”

    Kurt Unglaub  reveals how a core group of FSU freshmen ignited a 180-turnaround for the program and laid the foundation for a dynasty under Bobby Bowden. 

    • 22 min
    How FSU overcame coaching changes and divisive cliques to build a college football dynasty

    How FSU overcame coaching changes and divisive cliques to build a college football dynasty

    How did Florida State's program rise from a winless 1973 season to earn 14 Top Five  finishes? Mike Schumann knows first-hand. He was a Nole wide receiver during that nightmare season, and later on Bobby Bowden's 1977 team that turned it all around, going 10 and 2 including a Tangerine Bowl victory. In this episode, Mike talks about the similarities between then and now, including coaching changes and division among players — and what it took to make the transformation.

    • 13 min

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