Florida State is near full energy as a crew because it prepares for its first spherical matchup on Saturday towards No. 13 seed UNC Greensboro with one notable exception: Leonard Hamilton.

The Seminoles coach ruptured his Achilles on Sunday night time attempting to get off the crew bus. Hamilton, 72, misjudged how far down the step was from the bus and fell to the bottom, inflicting the damage.

“Pay attention, if that is the one difficulty I will have in life, I will have an important life. I’ve by no means been injured and I ruptured my Achilles. However hey pay attention, I am positive,” he mentioned in an interview on ESPN radio.

Hamilton and Florida State are already within the NCAA Tournament bubble and he’s strolling round on his personal energy regardless of the numerous damage, a crew spokesman informed The Tallahassee Democrat. His spirits appear to be excessive as nicely, as he supplied an alternate — if not optimistic — rationalization for the way he injured himself.

“What occurred was I used to be chasing a referee after the sport the opposite night time within the car parking zone and one thing occurred,” Hamilton joked. “However he isn’t in good condition both.”

The excellent news for Florida State is that nothing vital ought to change in its strategy and its roster is at full energy. Hamilton might discover it a bit harder to roam across the sideline on Saturday and within the NCAA Event bubble the remainder of the week, however fourth-seeded FSU continues to be locked in as an actual risk within the East Area to be a darkhorse Closing 4 crew due to its size, expertise and talent.

“Nothing will change,” he mentioned of the damage and what it means. “Zero.”

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