While many asked if this was a delayed April Fool's joke, the Florida State Athletic Department has confirmed that the current Seminole logo will be changed and a new logo for the athletic program will be unveiled on April 11.
There is only one small problem with the unveiling - shirts at a local Walmart have already spotted and the new look has already been view through the Internet and social media outlets.
Even when you win a national championship in football, you must roll with the changes in marketing and the almighty dollar.
According to a report on ESPN.com, the team will still use the Seminole warhead with the blessing of the Seminole Indian Tribe in Florida.
“The changes are very minor and the primary thing people will see is consistency in the garnet,” Florida State vice president for university relations Liz Maryanski said. “If you go into a sports store and look across the store, you’ll see as many shades of garnet as there are T-shirts, and we’re trying to get consistency in our colors."
Gary Bitner, the spokesperson for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, said the university recently presented the alterations to Seminole Tribe of Florida chairman James Billie, who signed off on the changes. Bitner said he is unaware of any request by the Seminole Tribe that Florida State alter its logo depicting the Seminole.
“The school was behind the changes and they submitted it to the Tribe for approval,” Bitner said. “It’s the relationship they have and the respect [Florida State] has for the Tribe that they wanted to reach out to the Tribe.”
Fans have so far had mixed reactions to the change. The older logo and the tradition of Chief Osceola planting the spear in the middle of the feld before each home game is one of the ahlloweed traditions in college football. Many took to their Twitter accounts to voice their displeasure over the suden change and the way the new logo looks.
Back in 2005, the NCAA placed Florida State on a list of schools deemed to have “hostile or abusive” mascots. The Seminole Tribe of Florida responded with a public and written declaration of support for Florida State, and the NCAA removed Florida State from the list.