Dancing with the Stars. No, I'm not referring to the hit tv show, but to where Florida State Seminoles sophomore Shane Cummings envisions his beloved basketball team will be come Final Four time in New Orleans. Recently we had the chance to speak with Shane, who is the Director of Special events for the FSU Student Boosters executive board, about the march towards the Big Dance.
Andy: After beating the # 1 Tarheels (at the time) by a gazillion points and then shocking the Duke Blue Devils on their home court ending a 45 game home win streak a short week later, it's easy to see why you have stars in your eyes. Can you explain how you felt after being on hand to witness both of those highly unlikely victories?
Shane: It's been kind of surreal. We beat Duke last year when I was a freshman on our homecourt, but to be able to rout UNC at home by 33 and then beat the Blue Devils at Cameron (their home court) in the same week was just amazing. The crowd was never more into a game against the Tarheels - screaming and standing for EVERY single basket. Just insane. We rushed the court at the buzzer, and I did the same for the DUKE game.
Andy: Ok, I'm jealous - and you're just a sophomore! And you're Director of Special Events for the FSU Boosters. Can you explain how you got the position and what your role entails?
Shane: Don't be jealous, just root for the Noles! I actually co-direct special events and have for 2 years now. Our main responsibility is to implement events which bring our athletes and students together. For example, during football season we had a meet & greet type of scenario in where the students could meet one on one with the players, get autographs and have their pictures taken. We just had another very similar event for the basketball team. In addition to photo and autograph opportunities, the players sat on a panel and took questions from the fans. It''s a great way to bring the Seminole family together, and a great experience for both students and student athletes alike.
Andy: More fun. Speaking of fun, do you and the other members of the FSU Student cheering section have any particular chants, rituals, etc., that you perform during your games?
Shane: The main thing we do is just get geared up in the Garnet and Gold and scream our heads off. So yes, MORE FUN.
DUKE GOING DOWN AGAIN THURSDAY!
Andy: Well it's been working for you lately, that's for sure. Might that Garnet and Gold you get geared up in include our Original Retro Brand product?
Shane: I figured that question would be coming, and Yes. Mainly I like that the look is different from anything else I've seen on campus. The Original Retro Brand shirts offer a unique approach to sports apparel. They are very comfortable to wear, while also offering stylish designs. These shirts bring back the “old school” designs and make them look even better then before!
Andy: I couldn't agree more with your assessment Shane! You have an impressive track record for following the Noles on the road. Do you plan on heading down to Atlanta for the ACC Tournament in a few weeks? If so, let me know and I'll hook you up with a hot dog.
Shane: (Laughs) Well I'm not 100% sure yet, but if I do, I'll definitely take you up on your offer. We're going to beat DUKE Thursday night before we do anything!
Andy: YOU GUYS CAN DO IT! Hope you can make it for the frankfurter, and hope the Noles can make it to the Big Dance too. Thanks Shane -
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