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With college football season in full swing, one Florida State University professor is analyzing what the sport means in the capital city.

Nick Evans

The NFL brings new players into the league each year through a seven round draft.  But before the draft, scouts, coaches, and other staff members get a couple of chances to meet and evaluate prospective players. Pro Day is one of the last of these events on the way to the draft, and Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher says it offers a unique opportunity for the players.

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This weekend Florida State University’s football team will take on in-state rival, the University of Miami. The game is the third-ranked Seminoles' latest test in a quest for an ACC championship and their first national title in more than a decade.

The game is also a big deal for the Tallahassee economy.

“This may be the biggest football weekend as far as college football goes this season," says Florida Sports Foundation Communication Director Nick Gandy.

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Florida State University football player Gregory Dent is facing up to 15 years in prison after being charged with rape over the weekend.  Dent was released Monday on $15 thousand dollars bail.

According to court documents, the victim and Dent have been friends since high school. Saturday, she, Dent, and others went to a nightclub.  When they returned to Dent’s apartment, the victim says she fell asleep on Dent’s bed.

She then alleges she awoke to Dent kissing her, and tried to push him away.  But the victim alleges he continued trying to force himself upon her.

It’s a big football double-header weekend in Tallahassee.  Seven million: That’s the amount of extra revenue Tallahassee businesses are expected to bring in over the next three days. No other individual event brings in more income to Tallahassee than college football. Lee Daniel, director of the Leon County Division of Tourism Development, says the income will help all kinds of businesses.

Florida State University's football team is banned from twitter. FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher has told his players they can't use their Twitter accounts for the rest of the year.
 
Fisher's move comes after some players tweeted objectionable material on their Twitter sites  including one that quoted rap lyrics about killing police officers.

Fisher says he views social media as a distraction during the football season and wants his players can be as focused as possible.