Notes: FSU football GPA rises, men’s hoops tickets increase

Florida State’s athletics board met on Wednesday afternoon. Here are some highlights of reports from various departments.

The FSU football team’s GPA continues to climb, finishing at 2.828 for the spring semester. There was praise for what coach Mike Norvell has done to encourage improvement in the classroom. This is pertinent considering prior concerns with football GPA and shows the program has turned the corner academically.

FSU’s student-athletes earned a 3.260 GPA in the spring, with 14 of 18 sports earning a 3.0 or higher (presuming this is combining cross country and track from four sports to two sports for purposes of academic discussion). Women’s cross country led the way with a 3.737 GPA and men’s tennis led with a 3.341. FSU is losing associate AD for student-athlete academic services Dr. Kacy King to Ohio State. The summer bridge program begins on Monday, which is when FSU welcomes incoming freshmen athletes.

For the first time in seven years, FSU will increase ticket prices for men’s basketball. Some tickets will remain the same price, although a number of those between the baskets will go up, senior associate AD and Senior Woman Administrator Vanessa Fuchs said. A survey showed the basketball team’s ticket prices ranked in the lower third of the ACC. Price changes have been communicated to season-ticket holders.

FSU administrators are using Apex and Influencr to help with name, image and likeness education and documentation. There are concerns about the lack of national NIL legislation and how that could impact FSU and its athletes. There’s also a feeling FSU is as prepared as possible to handle the state’s legislation when it goes into effect on July 1. There’s the expectation of “trial and error,” FSU senior associate AD for governance and compliance Michele Osborne said.

This was the final meeting under the direction of Dr. Pam Perrewe, the faculty athletics representative. Perrewe is retiring. Dr. Mike Brady, who played baseball at FSU and teaches in the business school, will take over as faculty athletics representative. Brady will also have a seat at the table for the five-person FSUAA, which includes president John Thrasher (and later this summer Dr. Richard McCullough), the volunteer boosters’ chair (currently Bob Davis but soon to be Jim Graganella), Board of Trustees chair Ed Burr and Dr. Jim Clark, the dean of the college of social work.

Legends will take over as the food service vendor in the Champions Club and sky boxes this fall. Club Corp had previously run the concessions. Legends is a group that is operated as a joint venture by the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.