As the United States enters a period of uncertainty surrounding the spread of coronavirus, it's comforting to know that some things will never change — like the Florida state government declaring a bogus national champion.
The state Senate declared Florida State national champions on Friday, passing the resolution — introduced by Sen. Joe Gruters — 37-2. It declared FSU champions because of the cancellation of the ACC and NCAA tournaments, plus the success of the Seminoles in 2019-20. They went 26-5 in the regular season, earning the top seed in the ACC Tournament and a No. 4 ranking in the latest AP Poll.
"The Florida State University Seminoles basketball team, by virtue of tremendous skill on the court and the heart and spirit shown by the players and coaches this basketball season, is declared the 2020 National College Athletic Association basketball champions by default upon cancellation of the NCAA tournament due to concerns raised by the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19," the resolution reads.
Florida State was also declared champions of the ACC after the conference was forced to cancel its postseason tournament because of COVID-19. The ACC, of course, actually has the authority to award that championship.
If we're attempting to find logic and reasoning in the Florida Senate's decision — there is none, but that's beside the point — it's also curious how the Senate arrived at its decision considering ...
Eight teams ranked ahead of Florida State in win percentage.
Seven teams had more wins; eight had fewer losses.
But then, this isn't the first time Florida has decided it has the authority to award a national championship. Gov. Rick Scott declared UCF national champions in football in 2018, despite the Knights not participating in the College Football Playoff. The Florida House of Representatives passed a resolution shortly thereafter to create specialty license plates acknowledging the Knights' championship status.
Without March Madness to declare a true national champion, many people have staked their team's claim to the title. The Florida Senate's decision is about on par with what you'd find on Twitter, but at least no one there took it seriously enough to attempt to make it official.