PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL-- Saturday was a huge day for the local Florida State fan community at Harpoon Harry's as the Panama City Seminole Club hosted their Kick-Off celebration.
The guests were two of Bobby Bowden's right hand men from the Doak Campbell sidelines, former associate head coaches Mickey Andrews and Jim Gladden. They talked with the fans about various topics, but a day before the AP Preseason Top 25 would rank FSU as the favorite to win the national championship, everyone who bleeds garnet and gold wanted to know the coaches opinions on if the Noles can repeat in 2014.
"There's no doubt about it," said Andrews. "They may have more talent this year than they had last year. That doesn't mean they'll be a better team. You have got to develop chemistry, you have got to be disciplined, you have got to have some luck with injuries."
"The expectations are off the chart," said Gladden. "Everybody's expecting them to do it again and on paper, they should be able to do it again. But can they?"
Andrews added "You're talking about 16 games against some pretty tough competition and everybody is laying for you because you're the reigning national champs from last year."
Gladden finished saying "It's easier to get there than to stay there."
Florida State's road to the repeat begins in North Texas when they face Oklahoma State at AT&T Stadium August 30th.
The Panama City Seminole Club also presented the FSU boosters with a check for $22,800 going to the Indoor Practice Field fund and the Champions Campaign movement to help the Noles athletic department stay on par with the nations elite programs.