Rolle Media Guide Gaffe Not FSU SID’s Worst Error
After reading “Cane Mutiny” author Bruce Feldman’s retweet from Heath Cline about the 2010 FSU media guide featuring Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle on its academics page and misspelling his name “Myrone,” I was reminded this gaffe wasn’t the most egregious one in ‘Noles Sports Information history.
Back in the fall of 1982, Florida State printed 10,000 copies of its 125th Anniversary special edition football program before someone noticed one of the fans on the cover was none other than Miami Hurricanes baseball coach Ron Fraser. Fraser, fresh off the ‘Canes first College World Series title, was photographed as part of a crowd shot with his daughter Lynda, who attended FSU at the time. While Fraser is a FSU alum, his claim to fame being “The Wizard of College Baseball” was due to his success of leading the rival Miami baseball program to national prominence.
Needless to say, the program was pulled after the discovery.
Neither case compares to the Florida Gators putting a photo of a crocodile on the cover of their 2003 media guide. Only in “Floriduh!”
Thanks to John Clough for the Rolle story and to Karen Fraser for the program story and the copy of the program shown above.