TALLAHASSEE - Former Florida State and NFL running back William Floyd is replacing another former Seminole, quarterback Peter Tom Willis, in the radio booth.
FSU hired Floyd on Wednesday as the color analyst for football broadcasts on the Seminoles ISP Sports Network. Willis, who spent the last 10 seasons in that role, recently was fired for being too critical of the Seminoles in recent years.
Floyd played three seasons for FSU and was the starting fullback in 1993, when the Noles won their first national title. He will join play-by-play announcer Gene Deckerhoff in the booth.
"I'm ecstatic about working with one of the best play-by-play personalities in all of sports," Floyd said. "I love Florida State and I love the program. It really doesn't get any better than this. I can't wait for August to get here so I can watch practice and see how the team looks."
A former star at Lakewood, Floyd spent seven seasons in the NFL after leaving FSU, four with San Francisco and three with Carolina. Since retiring in 2000, he has worked as a studio analyst for Sun Sports and in public relations for Able Body Labor. Floyd is also working with his former FSU teammate, Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks, in launching Brooks' company, Brooks 55 Labor Enterprises.
BOWDEN TO VISIT: FSU coach Bobby Bowden's annual stop in Tampa to play golf and speak to the Tampa Bay Seminole Club is sold out. Bowden's 33rd annual booster tour around the state makes a stop Friday morning at Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club for a round of golf and a luncheon. Bowden and FSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher will speak to boosters at a dinner Friday night at Palma Ceia Country Club.
While both events are sold out, Tampa Bay Seminole Club president Mike Palios urges those interested in attending to keep checking the club's Web site, tampanoles .com, to see if more tickets become available.
SHAW GETS INVITE: Former FSU wide receiver Joslin Shaw, a Plant City High product, is participating in Cleveland's free-agent rookie minicamp that opens Friday. Former FSU quarterback Xavier Lee is headed to Baltimore for a similar audition with the Ravens.