The FSU head coach recounted the end of the loss to Virginia and discussed the improvement he saw from his defense against the Cavaliers. Curt Weiler, Tallahassee Democrat
Some fans have had their fill of the negativity swirling around Florida State’s football program.
And they’re doing something about it.
The Seminoles (1-2, 0-1) have struggled to start off the 2019 season. They’re coming off a 31-24 loss to No. 22 Virginia last Saturday.
On Sunday, an FSU booster set his 4-year-old son up at a lemonade stand with the intention to raise money for FSU coach Willie Taggart’s multi-million-dollar buyout.
Following that post, longtime FSU teacher Mark Zeigler posted to Twitter that he was tired of all the negativity.
“I’m tired of feeling/acting negative about @FSUFootball. It stops right now. I want to be part of the remedy. I want Coach Taggart and the players to succeed. How can they when I’m working against them? So in the spirit of Coach I will: #DoSomethingPositive Join me if you will.”
Some FSU fans took that to heart and started to look for ways to make a positive impact on the program and the University.
Frank Maggio, a former Marching Chief and President of the Manatee Seminole Club, decided that he was going to put his money where his mouth is.
Maggio posted a challenge to FSU fans on his Twitter at 8:56 p.m. Monday night.
“Lemonade, nah that ain’t it. Try putting money where your mouth (or keyboard) is…I’ll donate $1 for every follower to @SeminoleBooster for #FSU Athletic Scholarships up to 2,500. Try me. #DoSomethingPositive #GoNoles #OneTribe.”
Since the post, Maggio’s picked up almost 300 followers and the number continues to rise.
“I didn’t know how it was gonna catch, I don’t know if anybody was gonna say anything about it, I don’t know if anybody was gonna pledge any extra money,” Maggio told the Democrat.
“The concept here is that, I’m going to not just be somebody who just says, ‘Hey, I’m going to stand behind Willie.’ I’m actually going to say ‘Hey, I’m going to put $2,500 up. Done.’
“Anybody else that wants to go on top of that, that’s great. I’ll support that, but no expectation.”
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Once Maggio made his post, others stepped up and decided to do the same.
Panama City Beach native Jean Marie Downing pledged $10 up to $2,500 for every follower she picked up. She has picked up 80 followers since she put up her tweet.
“I’m tired of the negativity,” Downing told the Democrat.
“I love FSU and want to show support on Twitter in a positive way. This has a double benefit for me. First, I’m doing something positive. Second, I’m finding people that support being positive towards our team.”
FSU’s offensive coordinator talks James Blackman, the end of the Virginia game, Louisville Curt Weiler, Tallahassee Democrat
So far, fans have pledged more than $10,000 combined toward the movement for athletic scholarships and other programs at the University.
Local Tallahassee business Campus Caddie (@campuscaddie) has also pledged to donate $1,500, according to Maggio.
Former FSU fullback James Coleman has pledged $1,000 to FSU’s Black Student Union and is upgrading his Seminole Booster contribution by $1,500.
“The idea is just to say, ‘Guys, look, forget the stuff of trying to focus on buying out Willie or focusing on the negative side of it,'” Maggio said. “This is when we should really be coming together and supporting the University in all aspects, not just the football team. Acting like one tribe.”
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