An old Irving Berlin song epitomizes the love fest at Monday's press conference naming Jimbo Fisher as "the coach in waiting." You could almost hear them singing, "Blue skies - Smiling at me - Nothing but blue skies - Do I see."
At the risk of being labeled a wet blanket or worse, I would use the words of Seminole alum Lee Corso, "Not so fast my friends." So what does the announcement do other than put a lot of money into the pockets of Bobby Bowden and Jimbo Fisher?
Nothing has really changed with the exception that we now have a confusing two headed coaching position at the top. It really is difficult for a program to serve two masters and it seems that this deal may serve to create problems that are not needed.
Can we be honest? This entire situation has been created because Seminole great Bobby Bowden has failed to understand that it is time to pass the baton off to someone else. I know that is heresy among some but it really comes down to that. With his adamant refusal and some would say false pride, he has held FSU hostage and forced them into the situation that was announced on Monday.
If anyone thinks that this agreement paves the way for Bobby Bowden's departure, they are very mistaken. Bowden was seen on television indicating that having the most wins in college football is an important goal to him and so we will be subjected to the continuing battle of the two "grumpy old men" seeking the holy grail of college football. He also indicated that he knows he has to win more games. Where have we heard that before? Several years ago, Bowden said the same thing. Yet FSU has continued to lose more games.
And what about Fisher? From all accounts he is a very good offensive coordinator. However, let's be candid. We have yet to see what Fisher can do. If you were giving him a grade this year, very good or excellent would not be used. FSU won one more game than last and lost to a pitiful Miami and was humiliated for the fourth year in a row by the Gators.
It seems to some that FSU locked itself into Fisher in order to have a good recruiting season and fight off the coaching speculation of Fisher looking for other jobs. This may be a short term solution that may not be in the best interests of the long term goals of FSU. Time will tell if FSU was right.
One thing is certain. Fisher must prove himself and it needs to be sooner rather than later. Seven win teams and losses against Wake Forest, NC State, Miami, and the Gators will not endear him to Seminole nation. Many fans, alumni, and boosters are not in the mood for excuses.
So let's hope that blue skies are what we see but it's really too early to tell.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Posted by tallynolefan at 1:32 PM