Roughly two months into its reign as the defending national champion, Florida State is upgrading its facilities in the hope of making seasons like 2013 the norm—not the exception.
FSU unveiled plans on Thursday for renovations to its football complex that are set to take place after spring practice in mid-April.
Here is the official video released by the school, which includes some virtual representations:
The focal point of the renovation is the locker room, which can be seen at the 1:22 mark of the video. Mentions are made of "state of the art graphics and technology," though the story behind its design might be the coolest part.
Explains Mark Robinson, the FSU director of football operations
We wanted it to be unique, we wanted it to be the showcase of this facility....We're one of the top programs if not the top program in the country, we won a national championship and so we didn't want to build our locker room off somebody else.
We asked this one company what they best locker they've designed, and they said that in football, we love the Dallas Cowboys locker room, and in baseball, we love the New York Yankees locker room. So we took the best of both their ideas and put them together in the individual lockers the players are going to use. When they see just the picture of it, they get so excited, so I can't wait to see them when they see the real thing.
Another emphasis of the renovation is Florida State history—putting the present into context with the past. Aside from homages like jerseys and statues, the all-time great Seminoles might also be represented in the lockers of players who are wearing their numbers.
Said senior associate athletics director Monk Bonasorte:
We've talked about putting names and numbers on the lockers of people who wore that number before them so they can understand what the history is. If you see a Deion Sanders, Chris Weinke, Charlie Ward, Fred Biletnikoff.
Though no mention is made about the price of the renovations, they look slick and chic enough to assume a hefty amount. So is the price of keeping up with the Oregons of the world, and so is the fruit of winning a national title and a Heisman Trophy in the same season.
The intended message here is obvious: Florida State is an elite program. Elite being the operative and recurrent word. Between interviews, clips of Jimbo Fisher and the narrator, the video mentions "elite" seven times.
Florida State has been very good for most of the past decade, but it was better in 2013. It sees a chance to do as Alabama did after its first few years with Nick Saban—to transition from powerhouse to dynasty.
This renovation is the next step in that process.