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Former FSU LB Telvin Smith Still Upset 2013 Title Team Didn't Get White House Visit

It's traditional for college football's national champion to visit the White House once the season has come to an end. Though, current United States President, Barack Obama, has invited every title team since taking office except for one - the 2013 National Champion Florida State Seminoles.

Members of that team, many of whom are currently in the NFL, are still upset that they were turned away from the tradition. 

Led by redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, the Seminoles went undefeated in 2013, capturing the title--and ending the SEC's BCS reign--against Auburn in the Rose Bowl. Winston was electric all season, winning multiple awards including the Heisman Trophy. But, along with his staggering numbers--84.4 QBR, 4,042 yards, 22 TDs--came controversy

Local media was told the White House and FSU could not sort out an agreed upon date for the visit, but it's not a stretch to assume the bad press surrounding Winston was the main issue there. 

It's easy to understand why these players are upset.