FSU weekly rewind: Director's Cup

July, 1, 2012
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Every Sunday, NoleNation will take a look back at the week that was around Florida State, recapping the top stories and shedding a little light on a few that might have fallen between the cracks.

1. Big week for Martin

Baseball coach Mike Martin returned from Omaha after leading his team to its third College World Series appearance in the last five years. He was rewarded with a three-year contract extension by the university that will keep him at FSU through 2015 and provide a raise of $6,750 annually during the life of the deal. A few hours after the deal was announced, Martin earned another honor, being named Baseball America's coach of the year for the first time in his 33-year career.

2. Seminoles go pro

Martin might be sticking around, but the FSU baseball team said goodbye to a handful of top performers, too. Senior James Ramsey inked a deal with the Cardinals that included a $1.6-million signing bonus after St. Louis selected him in the first round of the amateur draft. First baseman Jayce Boyd (Mets), pitchers Robert Benincasa (Nationals) and Hunter Scantling (Tigers) and infielder Sherman Johnson (Angels) inked deals, too.

Meanwhile, basketball coach Leonard Hamilton touted FSU's continuing pipeline to the NBA as center Bernard James was selected 33rd overall in Thursday's NBA draft. James was taken by Cleveland and dealt to Dallas, but his destination in the NBA proved less dramatic than his history in the Air Force on Thursday night. The crowd at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. filled the room with chants of "U-S-A" as James, who served three tours in the Middle East, walked across the stage after hearing his name announced.

3. Wilder waits in jail

Running back James Wilder Jr. admitted to violating probation during a plea hearing Thursday, but his future on the football team now appears secure.

A warrant was issued for Wilder after he failed a breathalyzer test before a court-mandated work-camp day earlier this month, and the rising sophomore eventually spent 11 days in the Leon County jail. He'll still need to complete two anger-management courses and will remain on probation until October, but his lawyer suggested head coach Jimbo Fisher was unlikely to impose any significant punishments upon Wilder. Because the initial charge was a misdemeanor, Fisher is not required to suspend the running back, who is expected to play a sizable role in the Seminoles' backfield this season.

4. Solid finish in Director's Cup

For the third straight year, Florida State earned a top-10 finish in the Director's Cup, placing fifth in the standings for the 2011-12 academic year.

The Cup ranks schools based on their overall athletic success in its 10 best sports for both men and women. Since FSU fields just 19 varsity sports, however, the lofty ranking is particularly impressive. Eighteen of the 19 programs participated in NCAA postseason play.

Florida State was the highest ranked ACC school in this year's standings, with North Carolina the only other school in the conference to make the top 10.

5. Fisher lands a tight end

Florida State picked up its 13th football commitment of the year when tight end Christian Morgan (Prestonwood Christian/Plano, Texas) chose the Seminoles over Baylor, Arkansas and Ole Miss. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Morgan is ranked 12th at his position by ESPN and provides versatility as both a strong blocker and above average receiver.

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