Florida Senate - 2020 (NP) SR 1934 By Senator Gruters 23-05217-20 20201934__ 1 Senate Resolution 2 A resolution declaring the Florida State University 3 Seminoles basketball team, by virtue of tremendous 4 skill on the court and the heart and spirit shown by 5 the players and coaches this basketball season, the 6 2020 National College Athletic Association basketball 7 champions by default upon cancellation of the NCAA 8 tournament due to concerns raised by the spread of the 9 novel coronavirus COVID-19. 10 11 WHEREAS, the Florida State University Seminoles basketball 12 team, under the leadership of Coach Leonard Hamilton, was 13 crowned the regular season Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) 14 champion after a season of superlatives, thus earning the No. 1 15 seed in the ACC postseason tournament, and 16 WHEREAS, upon cancellation of the ACC postseason tournament 17 due to concerns raised by the spread of the novel coronavirus 18 COVID-19, the Seminoles were officially proclaimed the 19 conference champions and were awarded the ACC championship 20 trophy, and 21 WHEREAS, the Seminoles, ranked No. 4 in the national 22 college basketball standings, ended the regular season with a 23 26-5 record and were favored to challenge the top seeds in the 24 national tournament and take home the national title, and 25 WHEREAS, the NCAA basketball championship tournament, known 26 to fans, players, and pundits as March Madness, has also been 27 canceled due to concerns raised by the spread of the novel 28 coronavirus COVID-19, NOW, THEREFORE, 29 30 Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida: 31 32 That the Florida State University Seminoles basketball 33 team, by virtue of tremendous skill on the court and the heart 34 and spirit shown by the players and coaches this basketball 35 season, is declared the 2020 National College Athletic 36 Association basketball champions by default upon cancellation of 37 the NCAA tournament due to concerns raised by the spread of the 38 novel coronavirus COVID-19. 39 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with 40 the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to Coach Leonard 41 Hamilton and Florida State University President John Thrasher as 42 a tangible token of the sentiments of the Florida Senate.