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“Explosive plays on both sides...you felt the speed:” FSU HC Mike Norvell interview after Seminoles battle in a physical practice
2d ago
“Explosive plays on both sides...you felt the speed:” FSU HC Mike Norvell interview after Seminoles battle in a physical practice
Usually, Florida State football takes center stage in Tallahassee. Not today. As the football team started doing their outside work, the baseball team began batting practice. At the same time, Lottie Woad started doing an interview about her accomplishments at Augusta National this past weekend. Of course, Mike Norvell does not care about the outside noise, and he guided his team to one of their cleanest practices of the spring. Both sides of the ball focused on fundamentals in the early portion of practice, such as blocking and tackling. The offense and defense battled competitively throughout the day, each taking turns and winning consistent reps. The day started with the defense dominating, as they only allowed one positive play during 11-on-11 in the first portion of practice. However, the offense responded, and their receivers later led the charge. Momentum swung when Lawayne McCoy caught a pass over the middle, and instantly, AZ Thomas drilled him into the ground. He held on, and it sparked the group. A few plays later, Hykeem Williams found himself wide open as his corner route busted the defense’s zone, drawing praise from Mike Norvell. One of the keys to the resurgence came from the offensive line. Today felt like one of their most consistent days, as they picked up blitzes nicely and gave the quarterbacks a clean pocket to throw in. Of course, the defensive line did what they do during run-blocking drills, but Alex Atkins seems pleased with the group's progress. With positives all around, it felt like the scrimmage on Saturday could be a catalyst for the rest of the spring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU football: HC Mike Norvell offers insight into second FSU scrimmage
6d ago
FSU football: HC Mike Norvell offers insight into second FSU scrimmage
Florida State football held its second spring of the scrimmage on Saturday, April 6, with the offense in particular putting on a performance that head coach Mike Norvell was excited to see after an up-and-down week. Some really good moments defensively, a couple big stops, a couple created takeaways — but I thought overall, the offense did a nice job in how they executed.” “The quarterback play was really good: DJ had a couple long, extended drives [and the] offense had some explosive plays put in there...I thought today was his best day. He’s had some good days in spring practice, but today he operated at a very, very high level. You saw the confidence of the ball getting out [and] where it’s going, even on a couple throwaways — you could tell he was in control.” [Brock also] had some good plays, moments. Obviously any time in spring scrimmages, we keep the quarterbacks in tag mode so there are some times where maybe they would get out, maybe they wouldn’t — but it’s still opportunities to have to react to whatever the situation calls for.” “I thought the receivers did a good job, because there had been some missed opportunities throughout the week and I thought they really rose up...It was definitely good to see guys take advantage of those balls coming their way. Lawayne McCoy had a big play, Camdon Frier had a big explosive play.” “[The tight ends] made some tough catches. Brian Courtney had a couple, Landen Thomas continues to show he’s on the fast track. Jackson West had a really big play, explosive pass and Kyle [Morlock]...has really taken a step in who he is. I thought he had a great week of practice this week. I think that group, they’re really about the right things.” While the offense seemed to carry the momentum of the day, he still had plenty of praise for the defense, specifically offering compliments to the defensive front, who said continue to showcase their explosiveness “especially when we get into longer situations,” where “you see those guys pin their ears back.” “Marvin Jones, you saw him, Sione [Lolohea], Tomy [Durojaiye] even had a couple really good plays.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU football: Mike Norvell shares injury updates, talks Seminoles spring ball after April 4 practice
1w ago
FSU football: Mike Norvell shares injury updates, talks Seminoles spring ball after April 4 practice
Mike Norvell rarely makes definite statements during his media availability after practice. Today, he changed his tune. “I thought the defense was definitely the winner today.” After a mistake-filled practice on Tuesday, Adam Fuller’s group wanted to respond on Thursday. An interception from Justin Cryer on the first snaps of 11-on-11 work sent them in the right direction. All three levels worked in tandem together and wreaked havoc for the offense. The defensive line dominated as they squeezed the pocket against the pass and exploded into the backfield against the run. The linebacking core, led by DJ Lundy, communicated more effectively today than last practice and put all the players on the same page. With everything smooth in front of them, the secondary did its thing as the QBs were frequently forced to pull the ball down, and coaches needed to blow the play dead from coverage sacks. The day was not all bad for the offense as their young freshman stepped up and made plays. Luke Kromehoek, Kam Davis, and Camdon Frier impressed and will be written about later. The coaching staff wants to continue to give their young guns more run, and they trust the work they have put in. Specifically, the Luke-Camdon connection grows every day in practice, and they hooked up for a couple of nice throws and catches during the 1-on-1 portion of practice. After the day ended, Mike Norvell announced Destyn Hill and Jerrale Powers would be out for the rest of spring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU football: Mike Norvell talks first scrimmage of Florida State spring camp
Mar 28 2024
FSU football: Mike Norvell talks first scrimmage of Florida State spring camp
Florida State switched things up with its first scrimmage of the spring on Thursday, giving head coach Mike Norvell and his staff an early glimpse into where the team sits after putting four practices in the books. “I thought it was a good opportunity for guys to see exactly where they are,” he said following the scrimmage, noting that it was the earliest he’s held one in spring. “No coaches, no extra assistance, having to go out there and communicate, operate, understand the play that you have but also know the details and fundamentals.” “For the most part, I thought the guys did a really good job of understanding. It was a lot better than what I really expected.” With ACC referees in attendance to emphasize a need for mindful reps, the coach said “there a few focus penalties, things that showed up” that will be targeted as the team moves to a more cohesive place. “In the understanding of what to do, we’ve got to continue to improve on how to do. The techniques and the fundamentals, some things with our footwork, our eyes — those are all things that we get an opportunity go and get better.” The offense, in Norvell’s eyes, missed a few opportunities (“throws we’d definitely like to have back, missed opportunities where we had a chance to finish a play but didn’t”) but still managed to execute on some big plays, saying running back Kam Davis and wide receiver Malik Benson both found the endzone while also namedropping running back Caziah Holmes. The offensive line, in Norvell’s eyes, did a solid job while the staff mixed things up with a variety of personnel groupings. Speaking on his quarterback room, he offered some high praise for early-enrollee Luke Kromenhoek, calling his performance “outstanding” for a first-time out. Speaking on the defense, Norvell said the linebackers have “been one of the pleasant surprises to start the spring,” complimenting DJ Lundy for looking “like what we needed him to look like” in a veteran role. Byron Turner, Sione Lolohea, Marvin Jones Jr., Tomiwa Durojaiye, Darrell Jackson and Pat Payton, who had a sack, were pinpointed when talking about the defensive front, who Norvell said “did a really solid job” while making the same caveat that there are fundamentals and finer details still deserving of polishing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU softball: How have Seminoles performed through early part of season? Feat. Sydney Supple, former Northwestern star and current ACC Network broadcaster
Mar 13 2024
FSU softball: How have Seminoles performed through early part of season? Feat. Sydney Supple, former Northwestern star and current ACC Network broadcaster
The Seminole Softball Wrap and hosts Brian Pellerin and Gwen Rhodes are back, chatting about why they took a little break (hint: Perry got married, got lazy and forgot to upload the last pod.) The duo jump right into the thick of Florida State softball's early season performances, including the games in Clearwater, how the weather messed with the Oregon tournament, some key wins, and finally, looking forward to the big game against Alabama. Joining them this time is Sydney Supple, a former Northwestern pitcher currently diving into journalism, covering college softball for big names like ACC Network and ESPN Plus. Sydney adds a ton of great insight into what's going on with FSU softball, specifically calling out the team's solid offense, the evolving pitching strategies, and giving a shoutout to some of the newer players who are stepping up in big ways. The conversation takes a deeper dive into specifics like how disciplined FSU is at the plate, the potential for the pitching staff to shape up as the season progresses, and highlighting a few players who have made a significant impact. It's not just about praising the good stuff, though. They also get into areas the team is working on, like finding the right mix in the pitching rotation and getting the batting lineup just right. Sydney expresses optimism for the pitching staff, calling out some fresh faces that have been promising, and everyone weighs in on how the team is shaping up as they head deeper into the season. They also touch on how FSU's team dynamics play into their strengths and areas for growth, emphasizing the team's work ethic and the culture within FSU softball. Wrapping up, they look forward to FSU's upcoming matchups and the crucial learning opportunities these high-stakes games represent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Florida State baseball: Can the Seminoles bounce back after last year’s tough season? Previewing the 2024 FSU season with Brett Nevitt
Feb 7 2024
Florida State baseball: Can the Seminoles bounce back after last year’s tough season? Previewing the 2024 FSU season with Brett Nevitt
It’s been a tough last year for the Florida State Seminoles baseball team. Coach Link Jarrett’s first year at the helm in Tallahassee saw a postseason streak end, a losing record, coaching turnover, and most recently, the loss of the legendary Mike Martin Sr. In his first season, Jarrett and the staff suffered at the hands of bad timing as their arrival at Florida State was late in the transfer portal season. The result was poor depth in the rotation and an inability to target problem areas in the lineup. Still, the Seminoles started out strong before falling into multi-game losing streaks at several points in the season. The staff struggled to make it deep into games and the lineup looked lost at times. To combat last year’s struggles, Florida State revamped the staff with coaches Micah Posey and Ty Megahee. On the field, the pitching staff added seven arms from the transfer portal including likely weekend starter Cam Leiter. The Seminoles also bolstered the bats with six transfers including a pair of slugging middle infielders in Alex Lodise and Drew Faurot. These additions along with the returns of Cam Smith, Jaime Ferrer, and James Tibbs should improve an offense that slumped last year. With all the new faces, just how will the Seminoles handle the 2024 season? We’ll discuss this with Noles247’s Brett Nevitt. The former Tomahawk Nation contributor is the best on the beat when it comes to Florida State Baseball. Nevitt will break down which arms to expect in the rotation, which names will make an impact, how the lineup will look, and more. All this and more in our special preview podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU football recruiting: Breaking down Florida State's transfer portal haul on offense -- what do new Seminoles bring to the table?
Jan 16 2024
FSU football recruiting: Breaking down Florida State's transfer portal haul on offense -- what do new Seminoles bring to the table?
The Three Stars are back! On today’s episode, we discuss each offensive addition from the transfer portal and where we think Florida State football could still use some help after spring on that side of the ball. QB DJ Uiagalelei: Measures 6’4 250 pounds. Began his college career for the Clemson Tigers, before transferring to Oregon State and playing in 12 games for the Beavers this past season, completing 57% of his passes, while throwing for 2638 yards (220 yds/game) on a career-high 8.4 yards per attempt and 21 touchdowns (against 7 interceptions). He also added 219 yards on the ground along with 6 touchdowns.He has an incredibly strong arm and should be an asset with his legs in short-yardage situations, as well. RB Roydell Williams: Brings a ton of experience with him to Tallahassee. He played in 45 career games for Alabama over four seasons, both as part of the Crimson Tide’s stacked running back rotation and on special teams. He totaled 234 rushes for 1,165 yards and 11 touchdowns, good for a career average of 5.0 yards per attempt. He also caught 21 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. ATH Jaylin Lucas: Makes his impact in the return game.In his true freshman season in 2022, Lucas earned first-team All-America kick returner honors from numerous outlets after returning 22 kicks for 591 yards and two touchdowns. This year, he returned another 22 kicks for 572 yards and a touchdown. WR Jalen Brown: From NT&T when Brown was being recruited by FSU out of high school: The first thing you notice about Brown is his advanced footwork and ability to change direction on a dime. Though he’s still a raw talent, this skillset will help him greatly with mastering routes and improvising when the quarterback scrambles. He’s able to make over-the-shoulder catches look routine and has great spatial awareness when using the sideline against defenders. His confidence is a blast to watch because he often backs up smack talk, and he has the potential to develop into a dependable starter who can break big plays every game. WR Malik Benson: His 247Sports projection out of JUCO: Standout high school track athlete running as low as the 10.4’s in the 100-meter dash. Also had great marks in the 200-meter dash and the long-jump. Is not just a track athlete playing football though. He showed in high school and two seasons of junior college that he can be productive on the gridiron. Uses his explosiveness and top end to take a top off the defense and is also a threat to score on short passes. Is not just fast, but is a slippery open field runner who shows he can break tackles and has good balance. Sudden on double moves and has improved a lot in his route running craft. Adequate size and physical strength but a special athlete who has major big-play ability. Shows he can make contested catches when need be, but remains to be seen if he can consistently do that against Power Five competition. But he projects as a high-impact guy at a major program and has clear NFL early-round upside. IOL Terrance Ferguson Played in 11 games for Alabama over three seasons due to the Crimson Tide’s extensive depth in the OL room. He was considered a prime candidate to become a starter next season for Alabama. Heading into his redshirt-junior season with two years of eligibility remaining, Ferguson has the versatility to play either guard or center and will be a welcome and talented addition to the offensive line unit. IOL Richie Leonard Started all 12 games at left guard for the Gators in 2023, leading the offensive line in snaps with 755 and grading at 65.9 per PFF. He played in 31 total games for UF over three seasons. Heading into his Senior season, Leonard will slot into the rotation at guard and has a ceiling of a starting role, with a floor of bringing experience to the offensive line room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Florida State of Recruiting: FSU football latest -- Mike Norvell spurns Alabama, Seminoles receive NCAA sanctions, #Tribe24 updates and more
Jan 15 2024
Florida State of Recruiting: FSU football latest -- Mike Norvell spurns Alabama, Seminoles receive NCAA sanctions, #Tribe24 updates and more
The boys are back in town. Since the Three Stars last convened in the aftermath of the Early Signing Period, there’s been a ton going on in the world of Florida State football — and there’s more to come. From Mike Norvell’s new FSU contract after spurning the Alabama Crimson Tide in the wake of Nick Saban’s retirement to the sanctions that were announced by the NCAA against the Seminole football program in the wake of the Amarius Mims (Georgia Bulldogs offensive tackle) recruitment last offseason and updates on a couple prospects the Noles might add to round out the prep signings for Tribe 24, we’ve got a chock-full Florida State of Recruiting podcast for you. Topics covered today include: Florida State, under the leadership of President Richard McCullough, and especially Athletic Director Mike Alford, were able to hold off Alabama for Mike Norvell after Nick Saban’s retirement. What does it mean on and off the field for FSU going forward? What do the NCAA sanctions mean for the FSU football program and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Alex Atkins? Update on the recruitment of four-star defensive end prospect Amaree Williams. Update on a new name at quarterback: four-star signal-caller and former Ole Miss Rebels commit Trever Jackson has received some crystal balls in FSU’s favor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU sues ACC: Florida State files legal action against conference, first step in exiting -- Full Board of Trustees meeting
Dec 22 2023
FSU sues ACC: Florida State files legal action against conference, first step in exiting -- Full Board of Trustees meeting
Florida State’s Board of Trustees took the first step of leaving the ACC today, with members voting unanimously to legally challenge the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Grant of Right agreement. “Today we’ve reached a crossroad in our relationship with the ACC,” FSU Board of Trustees chair Peter Collins said. “I believe this board has been left no choice but to challenge the legitimacy of the ACC grant of rights and its severe withdrawal penalties” FSU outside council David Ashburn laid out what FSU will argue to challenge the Grant of Rights, among them: The ACC’s exit fees and Grant of Rights penalty violate Florida antitrust law The GOR presents an unenforceable penalty Breach of contract Breach of fiduciary duty Violation of Public Policy Fundamental failure of contractual purpose Several new bombshell pieces of information came to light during today’s meeting The ACC is not guaranteed any television revenue after 2027 — something that was unable to be known unless members took the time to fly to Charlotte and review the locked-down contract. ESPN has a unilateral right to extend the ACC’s media deal after 2027 but hasn’t exercised that option yet. The ACC also extended the window for ESPN to pick up that option until 2025 without a vote of the schools or conference directors as was required by the conference bylaws. Ashburn stated that FSU signed the 2016 Grant of Rights agreement because ESPN gave an ultimatum that it would not enter into any additional media agreements unless the GOR was extended through 2036. He immediately followed that with “We don’t believe that holds water.” Speculation began stirring when reports surfaced earlier this week about FSU exploring its future in the ACC. ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported that Florida State will likely partner with Sixth Street Partners to help fund the ACC exit. Florida State’s relationship with the conference has become increasingly strained over the last year. Florida State Athletic Director Michael Alford gave a presentation to the FSU Board of Trustees last February outlining the growing financial gap ACC schools will be facing compared to those in the Big Ten and SEC. Alford gave a blunt summation of the situation with “Something has to change.” Just prior to the annual ACC meetings in May 2023 news of the “Magnificent Seven” in the ACC sent shock waves across the college football landscape. It became known that Florida State, Clemson, Miami, UNC, NC State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech had explored possible avenues to leave the conference. The ACC then undertook a controversial western expansion adding Cal, Stanford, and SMU despite objections from Florida State, UNC, and Clemson. This was speculated to be a move to act as a buffer against future defections. Florida State’s snub from the College Football Playoff was the straw that broke the camel’s back. ACC commissioner Jim Phillips was largely absent while SEC commissioner Greg Sankey was on ESPN constantly lobbying for a spot for his conference. FSU becoming the first undefeated Power 5 conference champion to be left out of the playoffs confirmed the ACC’s spot as a 2nd tier league going forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU recruiting: Favorite signees, player projections, biggest misses and overall thoughts on 2024 Florida State Seminoles signing class
Dec 22 2023
FSU recruiting: Favorite signees, player projections, biggest misses and overall thoughts on 2024 Florida State Seminoles signing class
Florida State has the No. 9 ranked class in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, while ranking No. 11 in the On3 Industry Rankings. Although many wanted to act like the sky was falling for FSU on National Signing Day, on the whole, the Noles had a really solid class with a blue-chip ratio of 68% according to 247Sports and 59% according to On3. However, there were two major flips on the day: five-star safety KJ Bolden to the Georgia Bulldogs (fairly unexpected) and five-star defensive lineman Armondo Blount to the Miami Hurricanes (100% expected) — echoing a trend that we’ve seen two years prior of high-profile flips (Travis Hunter and Keldric Faulk) when it’s time to seal the deal. In the latest episode of the Florida State of Recruiting, the Three Stars break down overall thoughts on the class, as well as: Favorite offensive and defensive players Who has the highest NFL potential Which overlooked player fans should get familiar with Who sees the field the quickest Signees: 3-star defensive line commit Jayden Todd 3-star kicker Jake Weinberg 4-star running back Micahi Danzy 4-star wide receiver Elijah Moore 4-star defensive back Charles Lester III 4-star defensive back Cai Bates 4-star wide receiver BJ Gibson 4-star defensive back Jamari Howard 4-star wide receiver Lawayne McCoy 3-star defensive line Jamorie Flagg 4-star offensive line Jonathan Daniels 4-star wide receiver Camdon Frier 4-star tight end Landen Thomas 4-star offensive line Manasse Itete 4-star defensive line DD Holmes 4-star quarterback Luke Kromenhoek 3-star offensive line Tye Hylton 3-star linebacker Timir Hickman-Collins 3-star linebacker Jayden Parrish 4-star defensive back Ricky Knight 4-star running back Kameron Davis 3-star defensive line D’Nas White Flips 5-star defensive back commit KJ Bolden (switched commitment to Georgia Bulldogs) 5-star defensive line commit Armondo Blount (switched commitment to Miami)\ 247Sports Composite Rankings No. 1: Georgia Bulldogs, 28 Commits, 93.58 Avg, 315.22 Points (4 five stars, 20 four stars) No. 2: Alabama Crimson Tide, 25 Commits, 92.82 Avg, 300.75 Points (3 five stars, 17 four stars) No. 3: Miami Hurricanes, 27 Commits, 90.78 Avg, 289.44 Points (2 five stars, 11 four stars) No. 4: Ohio State Buckeyes, 21 Commits, 92.92 Avg, 288.81 Points (5 five stars, 12 four stars) No. 5: Oregon Ducks, 25 Commits, 91.91 Avg, 285.80 Points (0 five stars, 20 four stars) No. 6: Texas Longhorns, 21 Commits, 92.33 Avg, 285.57 Points (4 five stars, 14 four stars) No. 7: Auburn Tigers, 20 Commits, 92.20 Avg, 277.33 Points (2 five stars, 13 four stars) No. 8: Oklahoma Sooners, 28 Commits, 90.81 Avg, 276.39 Points (1 five star, 18 four stars) No. 9: Florida State Seminoles, 22 Commits, 91.07 Avg, 274.63 Points (0 five stars, 15 four stars) No. 10: Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 23 Commits, 91.41 Avg, 274.44 Points (1 five star, 15 four stars) On3 Industry Rankings No. 1: Georgia Bulldogs, 28 Commits, 92.20 Avg, 94.513 Score (3 five stars, 19 four stars) No. 2: Alabama Crimson Tide, 25 Commits, 91.98 Avg, 93.657 Score (3 five stars, 16 four stars) No. 3: Ohio State Buckeyes, 20 Commits, 91.81 Avg, 92.708 Score (4 five stars, 10 four stars) No. 4: Miami Hurricanes, 27 Commits, 90.08 Avg, 92.650 Score (2 five stars, 11 four stars) No. 5: Texas Longhorns, 21 Commits, 91.43 Avg, 92.582 Score (3 five stars, 14 four stars) No. 6: Oregon Ducks, 25 Commits, 91.08 Avg, 92.546 Score (0 five stars, 18 four stars) No. 7: Auburn Tigers, 20 Commits, 91.46 Avg, 92.125 Score (2 five stars, 11 four stars) No. 8: Oklahoma Sooners, 27 Commits, 90.34 Avg, 91.864 Score (1 five star, 15 four stars) No. 9: Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 23 Commits, 90.77 Avg, 91.764 Score (1 five star, 12 four stars) No. 10: LSU Tigers, 27 Commits, 90.04 Avg, 91.707 Score (0 five stars, 17 four stars) No. 11: Florida State Seminoles, 22 Commits, 89.96 Avg, 91.593 Score (0 five stars, 13 four stars) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FSU softball: Previewing Florida State Seminoles ACC schedule, part 2 -- North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia
Dec 19 2023
FSU softball: Previewing Florida State Seminoles ACC schedule, part 2 -- North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia
The Florida State Seminoles softball team are just over 50 days from beginning their quest to return to Oklahoma City after last year’s ACC Championship and WCWS finalist season. Brian Pellerin and Gwyn Rhodes are previewing each ACC team as part of their offseason podcast series. This time, they’re looking at the second half of the conference’s offseason changes ahead of the 2024 season. This episode starts with Boston College, they talk about where the Eagles finished last season and the new additions added. Last time, they covered Boston College through NC State. This time, they’re covering North Carolina through Virginia Tech. Starting with the Tar Heels and their new coach. Megan Smith Lyon left Marshall to join her alma mater in Chapel Hill. She had a program-record 45 wins a year ago. She had four key losses to replace in her first offseason in charge. Two are out of eligibility in All-ACC First Team infielder Abby Settlemyre and outfielder Bri Stubbs, who led the team in runs. The other two are a pair of All-ACC Second Team players to the transfer market in shortstop Alex Brown, who led the team in hits, batting average and OBP, to Clemson and pitcher Lilli Backes, who posted a 2.79 ERA in 180.2 innings, to Georgia. The Backes transfer is a bit of a pseudo-trade as the Tar Heels are getting a UGA transfer pitcher in to replace Backes in Britton Rogers, who posted a 4.75 ERA in 125.1 innings a year ago, Their new head coach also brought over two 2023 Sun Belt first-teamers from Marshall in Autumn Owen — the winner of the Sun Belt triple crown last season — and Alex Coleman — the conference leader in hits. Next is Notre Dame, who lost Joley Mitchell to Texas in the transfer portal as well as Leea Hanks, Lexi Orozco and Payton Tidd. But it comes with two big additions — Princeton’s Alexis Laudenslager and freshman Christina Willemssen. Laudenslager is a two-time Ivy League pitcher of the year while Willemssen was a member of the USA Softball 18U team. Pitt’s offseason came with some big changes, starting with the coaching staff. Jenny Allard, the head coach at Harvard joins the Panthers after 28 seasons as the Ivy League’s longest tenured and winningest coach. With a 342-130-1 career record, she’s also a member of the NFCA Hall of Fame. The new staff also brings big changes to the roster. There were two transfers out — Dani Drogemueller to Duke and Bailey Drapola to USF — as well as EC Taylor, Sarah Seamans and Yvonne Whaley. Coming in to the program are four transfers and four freshman. Syracuse had a much less eventful roster turnover. Two key losses in Ryan Starr to Ole Miss in the portal and Kaia Oliver. They had one transfer in Julianna Verni of Purdue and one key freshman addition in top 50 catcher Taylor Davison. Virginia made their additions through their freshman class bringing in five top 100 players in infielders Brie Biddle (100), Macee Eaton (31) and Bella Cabral (51), catcher Melissa Carr (60) and pitcher Julia Cuozzo (23). They lost three players to the transfer portal — Molly Grube to James Madison, Gabby Baylog to Florida Atlantic and Mikaela Fox to Southern Miss — and two others in Tori Gilbert and Jenny Bressler. Finally, Virginia Tech’s biggest addition comes to the coaching staff as they go from no pitching coach to one of the best in the country in Josh Johnson from Mississippi St. In his four years in Starkville, he reduced the Bulldogs era from 3.36 to 2.66. After previewing those teams, Brian and Gwyn discuss Gwyn’s visit to one of the meccas of college sports, the Kibbie Dome! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices