It’s official. Coach Fisher is leaving us for Texas A&M
What does this mean for FSU football?
Friday morning, Florida State University football fans were shocked to discover that Coach Jim Fisher had indeed accepted an offer to leave the Seminoles for Texas A&M.
Fisher will not coach tomorrow's game against Louisiana-Monroe, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. Instead, Odell Haggins will lead the team as the interim head coach.
With Fisher gone, what will happen to FSU Football? The Tab takes a look at the coach's ups and down, and how his fanbase should take the news.
Once taking over as head coach of the Seminoles in 2010, Jimbo Fisher turned around a prestigious program that was in the "lost decade." Fisher retains the ACC's best all-time winning percentage among coaches (.821).
He's led the Noles to six 10-win seasons out of eight. He's racked up the 2nd most wins (84) in his 8-year tenure; only staying behind the great Nick Saban. He's led the Noles to three straight ACC Championships and a BCS National Title. In that 3-year span, he led the team to 29 straight wins, an ACC record. He also had an impressive 5-2 bowl record.
His recruiting has been outstanding as well. Fisher has hauled in a top-10 recruiting class in all but one year he's been here. Many great talents he's recruited are Jameis Winston, Mario Edwards Jr., Jalen Ramsey and Dalvin Cook. Of those seven top-10 classes, five of them were in the top-5. Truly astounding. Not only has he recruited great talent, he's also been able to successfully elevate through college. He helped Florida State set a modern-day collegiate record of 29 players being drafted in a three-year span.
With all the success he's endured, there have been a few bumps in the road. His team has been ranked in the pre-season poll every year he's been head coach, but only twice has he finished the season with a higher ranking (2013, 2010). Of his two seasons in which he didn't reach the 10-win mark, his team was ranked in the top-10 respectively to start each year. I think pre-AP rankings are bullshit, but I'll save that for another day.
In 2011, we started out the season as 6th in the nation. The hype was there. That season was supposed to be the magical one. Instead, we lost the big game to Oklahoma. Our spirits were crushed with three straight losses (Oklahoma, Clemson, Wake Forest). We finished that season barely ranked in the top-25.
This year, we started out the season ranked 3rd in the nation. We lost our HUGE game to start off the season to a great Alabama team which was ranked number one in the nation at the time. Now we sit at 5-6 scratching and biting for a 6th win and to keep our bowl-streak of 36 years going. We lost our starting QB, in the first game, for the whole season. Our back up, who's a true freshman, started his campaign against a tough slate of ACC foes who had tremendous defensive talent. Multiple last minute losses have been the heartbreaking theme to this season.
The show will go on
At the end of the day, our fan base has to realize how spoiled we are as college football fans. The university hasn't gone through a true head coaching search in almost 43-years. The amount of success we've had in the last 40-years is almost incomparable in the college world. We've grown to expect greatness, the "win it all or bust" mentality. Granted, those expectations are warranted but we have to humble our pride and be patient and resilient in these circumstances.
Yes, Fisher probably shouldn't have been flirting with other programs like he has been these last couple years, but at the end of the day its a business decision. Texas A&M offered a lump sum amount of money to him and for him to start fresh with a new fan base that isn't going for his neck week in and out is something that probably seems refreshing to him.
People ask for his loyalty to the program, but most fans honestly aren't loyal to him and that's a relationship that needs to be mutual for it to be healthy. Fisher is gone but the world is not on fire and the show will go on. As many coaches say during the loss of a team member, "Next man up."