Chief Osceola and Renegade serve as the official symbols of the Florida State University Seminoles and are commonly referred to as the schools' mascots. Osceola and Renegade together are most notably seen at football games, where Osceola is seen at other sporting events. During home football games at Florida State, Chief Osceola, portraying the famous Seminole Indian leader, charges down the field at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium riding an appaloosa horse named Renegade, named for the unconquered renegade spirit of the Seminole people, and hurls a burning spear at midfield to begin every home game. Once every two years, when the University of Florida plays at Florida State, Chief Osceola jumps off the horse before hurling the spear. Despite the objection of certain Native Americans throughout the United States, Florida State and the Seminoles of Florida maintain a close relationship, with one of the tribes of Seminoles allowing the university to continue to use its name as a symbol of the school. The authentic regalia worn by Chief Osceola and Renegade is designed by women of the Seminole tribe each year.
Florida State University is the home of the Marching Chiefs, the Florida State marching band. The Marching Chiefs are the band behind the famous War Chant. The War Chant is derived from Massacre which was first played during the 1960's. The Marching Chiefs still play Massacre during pregame to honor the start of the War Chant.