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Reasons to join our Tribe

The Osceola began publishing in 1982 and immediately became one of the leading resources for Florida State athletics coverage. Now back in the hands of co-founder and owner Jerry Kutz, the Osceola has launched a new website, podcast and newsletters to provide:

  • Coverage of FSU men’s and women’s sports;
  • Expert recruiting analysis;
  • The business of college athletics, the ACC and Florida State;
  • A purposeful focus on the fan experience, delivering convenient and affordable ideas to increase your enjoyment of FSU sports.

The Osceola staff updates the site multiple times a day. We will send emails with news stories and podcasts with the experts who are shaping those stories, including former players, coaches and administrators who offer an insider’s perspective.

You will receive all of this when you subscribe to the Osceola for the introductory price of $74.95 per year or $6.95 per month.

Our writers – see bios below – help provide readers with a deeper layer of understanding on the stories that matter most. Here’s our editorial Tribe:

Jerry Kutz, Publisher/owner

FSU graduate (1974, ’75 MBA) co-founded Osceola in 1982. With an emphasis on excellent reporters and writers, Osceola became a trusted source for FSU sports. After selling the publication, Kutz began a 20-year career with Seminole Boosters in many aspects of athletics administration, which now provides Osceola with a rich perspective when writing about FSU business issues or athletics history. After retiring, Kutz bought Osceola and expanded the staff of writers with experience in athletics and journalism. Passionate about the fan experience, Jerry is also committed to creating content to enhance the reader’s FSU experience in terms of affordable and convenient travel ideas and fun events. Contact Jerry at 850.508.8690 or at jkutz@theosceola.com

Charles Fishbein, Recruiting Analyst

The Founder of Elite Scouting Services has identified prospects for college coaches for 20 years and will provide his in-depth recruiting insight to our readers. His innate eye for special athletes who deserve the opportunity to play college football has earned national recognition with coaches, athletes and peers. Charles has a deep belief that football serves as a vehicle to create opportunities and change lives. Contact Charles at cfishbein@elitescoutingservices.com

Vera Kutz, Osceola Experience

FSU School of Communications (1995) graduate made her career in radio and voice acting (Veravoices.com). Vera will produce podcasts and write Osceola Experience stories. The Brooklyn native was drawn to warm weather, where she fell in love with the Seminoles and was “sucked into the Tallahassee Vortex” as she calls puts it. Contact Vera@Veravoices.com 

Mike McNamara, Osceola Outdoor Experience

The Osceola’s commitment to assisting readers create unique Seminole fan experiences includes outdoor writer Mike McNamara, the owner of St. Marks Outfitters and publisher of the Coastal Angler for the Big Bend. The FSU Biology graduate loves to share his passion for the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge and outdoor adventures when fans visit the Big Bend for FSU sporting events. Mike’s columns offer readers also offers guided services for fishing, kayaking, biking, ecotours or  photo tours. Contact Mike at redfish@stmarksoutfitters.com

Bob Ferrante, Managing editor

Bob is in his 10th year with Osceola, beginning as a contributing writer and columnist before becoming editor in November 2014. In the last four-plus years, Bob has covered FSU sports as well as topics of interest pertaining to ACC and college athletics. Bob’s writing career began as a high school sports correspondent at the Tallahassee Democrat in 1994. The FSU graduate (1998) spent the next eight years at the Democrat as a copy editor. A freelance writer for the Lakeland Ledger, Palm Beach Post and FoxSportsFlorida.com, Bob has also contributed to Noles247 and Lindy’s magazines. Contact Bob at bferrante@theosceola.com

Patrick Burnham, Writer

A lifetime in sports, with a passion for writing, allows Pat to take stories a level deeper. Most recently Pat oversaw stadium and football operations for the Western Conference of the Alliance of American Football. He spent 2013-14 as a College Football Recruiting Analyst for Fox Sports and Scout.com. From 2006-2013 Pat worked for the University of South Florida football as Director of High School Relations (2006) and Director of Player Development (2007-2013), working for Jim Leavitt (2006-2009) and for Skip Holtz (2010-2012). Patrick worked for the Osceola in college. His mother, Barbara, was an Osceola copy editor and his father, Wally, was FSU’s linebacker coach from 1985-1993. Patrick’s brother Shane is defensive line coach at UCF. Contact Pat at pburnham@theosceola.com

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If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to advertise, contact Jerry Kutz at jkutz@theosceola.com.

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