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Florida State, Michigan More than ‘Football Schools’: Leonard Hamilton

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton is sick of reducing schools into just their successful football or basketball programs.

In fact, if it were up to him, sports journalists should take the term “football school” or “basketball school” from their lexicon.

During an interview with reporters, he said that the terms are “ridiculous.”

“The basketball world that I know of, that I live in, never identified them as a football school,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I don’t know if I’ve ever really heard anybody use that phrase, other than maybe coming from a reporter.”

Hamilton said that it’s such a cliché, and it’s “a phrase that we need to eliminate.”

He said that Florida State and Michigan do have successful sports programs. Florida’s baseball team, in fact, holds the all-time win percentage of .727, while their women’s soccer team won the national title in 2014.

Michigan’s gridiron program is consistently among the nation’s best. The 100,000-seating capacity football stadium, in fact, is almost always sold out, which contributes to the school’s coffers.

“They’re able to support a lot of the non-revenue sports that gives kids an opportunity,” he added. “They raise money to pay for the scholarships for kids that maybe wouldn’t have an opportunity to go to school and get their degrees any other way.”

In the same vein, both schools also have strong academic programs, he said. The football and basketball aspects are just “part of the college experience.” Alumni also support Michigan and Florida State, which is also true for the other schools in the country.

“It seems like on the weekends they come back and it’s kind of like almost a homecoming every time or reunion on the weekends, which I think is all positive,” he added.

Nevertheless, nobody was thinking about Michigan and Florida State’s academic programs when the two teams met in the Elite Eight elimination on Saturday. The Seminoles lost the game.

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