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Transfer may face hitch

Freshman All-America tight end Brandon Warren has officially filed the paperwork to withdraw from school.

By BRIAN LANDMAN
Published February 22, 2007


Freshman All-America tight end Brandon Warren, as expected since his return home to Alcoa, Tenn., nearly two weeks ago, has officially filed the paperwork to withdraw from school and seek a transfer to Tennessee.

His mother, Deidre, who has had health issues, said her son wants to be closer to her. Florida State has had no comment and coach Bobby Bowden is out of the country; he has historically granted releases, but he could be miffed enough at Warren, who was a host for a key prospect from his hometown who ended up signing with the Volunteers, to deny it and force Warren to pay his own way for a year.

Even if he is released, Warren has a number of academic hurdles to clear before he can go to Tennessee or any four-year college as he pulled out of FSU mid semester. He can't hit the six credit hours in the spring or the 18 hours combined for the fall and spring. It would take special consideration from the NCAA to waive those requirements.

"We're going into this blindfolded," his mother said. "We'll let the chips fall where they may."

Glad(den) to know you

The women's basketball team has just one senior to honor at tonight's regular-season home finale against Clemson, but guard Alicia Gladden has been one of the program's best on and off the court.

Gladden leads the team in scoring (14.4) and is 10th all-time with 1,333 points. She also owns the single-season record for steals (101 in 2004-05) and with 260 needs 10 more to become the all-time leader.

In her past three seasons, the Seminoles have gone 24-8, 20-10 and now 19-8 - their best three in team history - and seem poised for a third consecutive NCAA berth. Gladden also has a 3.37 GPA in sports management and this month was named a second-team District 3 academic All-American.

"She's been one of the most complete players I've ever coached," coach Sue Semrau said. "And she has the opportunity to leave here as the most successful player in Florida State history. ... She's been fantastic in the classroom and really challenges herself. She's just someone you're proud to have representing your program and university."

Bob Sura by the numbers 

FSU will honor Bob Sura at Saturday's regular-season home finale against North Carolina State by hanging his jersey (No. 3) alongside those worn by Dave Cowens (13) and Hugh Durham (25). That's pretty select company, and Sura sure belongs. Consider these numbers during his career (1991-95): 

1:Career triple double (19 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists vs. North Carolina State in 1995); Reggie Royals is the only other Seminole with one.
209: Career steals, third in school history.
435: Career assists, fifth in school history.
714: Career rebounds, 13th in school history.
2,130: Career points, first in school history.

Brian Landman can be reached at landman@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3347. Check out his blog at blogs.tampabay.com/seminoles