His message was clear.
"I'm very happy at Florida State," Jimbo said. "I'm content to be here. If they continue to [want] me, I'm very happy to be here."
This should have been cause for celebration among Seminole fans everywhere. The coach who has led them back to national prominence, who has guided them to the first conference title in seven years, who has choreographed the first 11-win season in a dozen years, WANTS to be in Tallahassee. This is the best news to hit FSU since Chief Osceola stuck a flaming spear in Jeff Bowden's playbook.
But instead of celebration, there has been a collective yawn from Seminole Nation, who like so many unrealistic college football fan bases today seem perpetually bored and miserable unless their team is playing for the national championship. Hopefully, FSU fans will realize before it's too late that Jimbo Fisher is a coach to be appreciated, not taken for granted.
After Florida State held off Georgia Tech last weekend to win the school's first ACC Championship since 2005, it was bumfuzzling to see how many negative comments showed up on FSU's fan message boards. Instead of relishing the championship and the fact that Jimbo had the 'Noles back on top of their conference, many fans bickered and complained because the victory wasn't dominant enough, the offense wasn't explosive enough, the season wasn't successful enough.
What's the college football world coming to when 11 wins, a conference championship and a trip to the Orange Bowl isn't good enough? College football fans and, yes, those of us in the media who cover college football, have become utterly and completely out of whack with reality.
A perfect example came last week after Georgia came thisclose to beating Alabama for the SEC Championship and advancing to the national title game. Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked afterward if the loss was another indication that he and his quarterback – Aaron Murray – don't have what it takes to win big games. Georgia, like FSU, is 11-2 and has played in two consecutive SEC Championship Games. Obviously, the Bulldogs must have at least won some big games to even get to a title game in college football's toughest conference.
When will the madness stop? When will we come to our senses and realize that it's mathematically impossible for every team to win every game? And when will FSU fans realize that it's not 1996 anymore?
The BCS-ification of college football has sucked the joy out of the sport. It used to be when your favorite team won a conference championship and went to big-time bowl, you celebrated and bought tickets and made New Year's plans at the team's bowl locale. But FSU fans -- or at least many of them – act as if the Orange Bowl is a sentence instead of a reward. You'd think they were making a trip to the proctologist instead of a trip to one of college football's most storied bowl games.
If FSU isn't careful, Jimbo might just take one of these jobs his name has been connected to. Let's not forget, Tennessee is still open and the athletic director at UT is Dave Hart, the former FSU AD who helped hire Fisher as Bobby Bowden's offensive coordinator/coach-in-waiting.
If FSU fans don't think Fisher would leave Tallahassee for an SEC job, they are delusional. That's what Wisconsin thought, too, before Bret Bielema suddenly and shockingly bolted for Arkansas earlier this week.
Why do you think FSU's administrators are rushing around to sign Fisher to a contract extension? Because they know their coach is feeling underappreciated and might just be vulnerable if Tennessee desperately swoops in and makes Fisher an offer he can't refuse.
Then what, FSU fans?
Who would you hire then?
Who would you get that's better than Jimbo Fisher?
Maybe it's time to start giving your coach the credit and support he has earned.
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