July 27, 2010
The interviews began at 7:15 a.m. Monday for Florida State football head coach Jimbo Fisher at the annual ACC Football Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., and they lasted until nearly 6:00 p.m. Fisher had completed 12 interviews by 1 p.m. and that was after four interviews upon his arrival to the Grandover Resort on Sunday afternoon! The new head coach of the Florida State Seminoles was indeed in high demand and the buzz was about what to expect from Florida State in the Fisher era. While Fisher may be a new kid on the block among ACC head coaches, according to the preseason poll in which the media decisively picked Florida State to win the Atlantic Division, expectations are high for the first-year coach and his program.
“That’s why I wanted the Florida State job,” Fisher said. “That’s why I waited and turned down other opportunities because I wanted a place where I thought we could win it all. I know we’re not there yet but we have a chance in the future if we do things right.
“Expectations are high and you can’t run from expectations. It’s how you deal with them, expectations don’t win games. Just like talent. Talent is what you’re capable of; attitude determines how well you do it. They’re saying we’re supposed to win but we have to have our attitude right, go back and remember what work ethic is and remember the process of winning. Lay the foundation, work hard every day, control what we can control, don’t worry about what people say, don’t worry about the outcome. If we’re ready to play, then the expectations will come true.”
Throughout the full day of interviews, Fisher often likened the Florida State program to that of a corporation where over the years the core principles of the organization remain the same but the day-to-day operations change. To stay on top and among the best, an organization must do things differently than it did 10 years ago, even five years ago. Fisher believes in maintaining many of the program’s principles put in place by Bobby Bowden, but his way of doing things on a daily basis will naturally differ.
“It’s the details right now,” Fisher said. “Making sure I dot the I’s and cross the T’s and get our team at every possible position into camp and prepare them to be successful. And touch every aspect of everything we do and make sure we get enough time on it and do a great evaluation of our players, make sure we don’t overload the players but still give them enough to win.”
While the team reports for preseason camp August 4th and will have 29 practices before the Fisher-led Seminoles take the field for their first game, preparation for the 2010 season began months ago.
“Last spring we sent the tone on how we want to do things and the tempo and intensity by which we want to practice,” Fisher said. “This is the way it’s going to be done, we’re coming here to work, practice is a place to get better and have fun with it.
“We also believe that guys need to have success off of the field and we can develop these young men by creating an atmosphere and environment for them to be successful as people, as students, then as athletes. When they start having success outside their area of expertise, and I consider athletics as their area of expertise, it’s amazing how the person grows and it transitions right out onto the field. We’re trying to develop the person and be proactive in everything we do and try to get them to see things in a different light and be very successful. If you are successful off the field, you’ll be successful on.”