Lost in all the discussion of Florida State finally looking like they’re back after their complete domination of Clemson 51-14 on Saturday night is the job head coach Jimbo Fisher has done since taking over for Bobby Bowden in 2010. Though it hasn’t gone as well as some Noles fans have liked, Fisher has slowly righted a program that was in a tailspin in Bowden’s latter years.
In three full seasons, Fisher has built the Seminoles into a program that you usually see playing in the SEC on Saturday. He put emphasis on a big physical defense, he added a nutrition and weight program that creates “grown ass men”, and he reshaped the roster to compete not only in the ACC, but nationally.
Those three seasons of going 10-4, 9-4, and 12-2 has birthed a program mature enough to insert a redshirt freshman at quarterback and be in the thick of the national title hunt. Now it must be said that Jameis Winston isn’t your normal redshirt freshman, but the fact remains that the FSU program is now at a point where it has the talent to compete year in and year out. And much of the credit for this goes primarily to Fisher. He’s built the program with a process that mirrors what Nick Saban has done at Alabama. And all signs point to the process giving Fisher at least the chance to win a national championship.
So now the question becomes, are there schools out there taking note of what Fisher is doing? Could Texas’, with all their resources and their recruiting hotbed look at Fisher and think to themselves, “If he can win big at Florida State, he could easily win big here.” Would a LSU, Georgia, or even Florida take a hard look at Fisher? Maybe not next season, but Mark Richt, Les Miles, and Will Muschamp won’t be in their jobs forever, especially Muschamp. One would think Fisher wouldn’t want the USC job being a southern boy, but you never really know.
At this point, I’m sure FSU fans don’t even want to think about the possibility of Fisher leaving for a bigger job. They’re just enjoying the best shot at a championship in over a decade. But when your program is playing big boy football, these are the big boy football problems you have to deal with.