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The Founder of the Renegade/Osceola Tradition Retires

By: Christina Vitale
By: Christina Vitale

Florida State University is a school rich with tradition. Bill Durham started one of the most recognized rituals in college football, Renegade and Chief Osceola. Durham has supplied the Appaloosa horses and also trained bareback riders for the past thirty years. Now Durham is hanging up his saddle.

"In the early days nobody wanted this tradition, but as it caught on I don't think that would have happened without Bobby's tremendous success on the football field. Anne Soucy graduated from Florida State before the days of Renegade. My friends got me to start coming back for the games. I guess it was in the 1970s and then we had Renegade. I thought that was an awesome experience, having renegade out there."

To get Renegade out there it takes around 14 volunteers, a security team, and even second string renegades.

Durham said, "There are a lot of football players that unfortunately do not get to play on the field at game time. There are a lot of horses in the programs that don't get to go out there and get seen by 80,000 people because their in different aspects of training."

Chief Osceola passed the spear on to the man who started it all on his last day. The crowd honored Durham as he threw the spear for the last time.

A board has been appointed to figure out how to carry on the FSU tradition, but Bill Durham's son Allen is expected to take over the reigns from his dad.


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