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FSU HC Jimbo Fisher indicated that he has no concerns about the upcoming Showtime series 'A Season With Florida State.'
Last year, Showtime aired the Hard Knocks-esque 'A Season With Notre Dame.' Florida State is next up for the premium cable network. Outwardly, it might seem like a strange fit given some of the Seminoles' off-field issues in the recent past. Fisher is not concerned. To the contrary -- he believes the added attention this coming season could actually help his squad, saying, "I think it will bring more focus. I think when people know you're watching … you change. I think this team can handle that little bit of distraction, if it's a distraction." Jul 23 - 8:04 PM

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The ACC and ESPN announced a 20-year agreement for a future ACC Network set to launch by August, 2019.

No surprise here, as ESPN's Brett McMurphy sort of stole his own network's thunder by reporting on the agreement earlier this week. The deal will run through the 2035-2036 academic year. While the ACC Network won't have its proper launch until 2019, they will be starting up their digital platform this autumn. That is expected to show in the neighborhood of 600 live events. The television network will carry upwards of 1,300 when it lurches to life in three years. Also of note, if Notre Dame were to opt out of independence in the next 20 years, they would be contracted to join the ACC.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 1:11 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that the ACC Network will launch by August, 2019.

Per McMurphy, ESPN and the ACC have agreed to a (sit down for this) 20-year deal and rights extension set to last through the 2035-2036 academic year. We might all be living in virtual reality by then. In addition to that barebones deal, he is reporting that the ACC has extended its conference grant of rights deal nine years, with that, too, lasting through 2036. The grant of rights deal essentially makes it financially unfeasible for an ACC program to leave the conference during this time, as the ACC would own said university's media rights (that includes revenue) for all home games even if the university joined another conference.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 2:05 PM

FSU signed AD Stan Wilcox to a two-year contract extension and promoted him to vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics.

Wilcox, who took over in 2013, had initially been on a five-year contract set to expire in 2018. With the extension, his contract will run through 2020. It is not known if he is also receiving a raise off his $510,000 annual salary. In a statement, he said, "It is an exciting time to be a Seminole, and it is an honor to work with and for so many fine coaches, student-athletes and partners throughout the university community." The Seminoles have won a pair of national titles under Wilcox's watch -- football in 2013 and women's soccer in 2014.
Jul 3 - 12:10 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher said that his staff will not attend or host a satellite camp this summer.

Fisher feels that Florida State's own camp (which just wrapped on Friday) is more than sufficient. "We satellite right here in Tallahassee," he said. Clemson HC Dabo Swinney is in the same boat as Fisher, saying at the ACC meetings that the Tiger staff would take part in only Clemson's own camp. After the NCAA lifted their bans on satellite camps in April, Alabama HC Saban called their regulation "the wild, wild West."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 1:59 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher told the Palm Beach Post that the possibility of coaching in the NFL is "not something that drives me."

"I love college and I had opportunities to go to pro football as an assistant coach and as a coordinator and I’ve had inquiries as a head coach," Fisher said. We don't blame him for feeling comfortable in his situation. During his six seasons at the helm of the Seminoles, he has won three ACC titles, a national championship and holds an .829 winning-percentage. "I'd love to be here forever and ever," he said. The 50-year-old wouldn't completely rule out taking a potential NFL coaching job in the future, but indicated that it would need to come at the right time and in the right situation if he were to seriously consider it.
May 23 - 4:25 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht wrote that "[i]f there is any team that can keep up with the talent level of Alabama this year, it’s Florida State."

"In many ways, the Seminoles are in a similar position to the Tide: loaded with returning stars but needing to answer some questions at quarterback," Becht noted. The analyst offered one interesting line of logic for why redshirt freshman QB Deondre Francois should start over redshirt senior QB Sean Maguire, writing that Francois' "diverse skill set [w]ould mean [junior RB Dalvin] Cook won’t have to carry the offense as much as he did last season." Cook, of course, will be the offensive linchpin at FSU regardless of which quarterback wins the starting job.
May 20 - 5:23 PM

ESPN's Jared Shanker deemed Florida State to be the most overrated team in the country.

"A seasoned, future first-round draft pick at quarterback isn’t required to win a championship, as we’ve seen lately," Shanker wrote, "but Florida State’s offensive line and receivers have not yet proven they can shoulder part of the QB’s burden." Overrated or otherwise, Florida State figures to be landing in the top-10 or even top-5 of most preseason national polls. At this early stage, Athlon Sports has FSU ranked as the No. 2 team in the country.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 1:59 PM

Athlon Sports ranked Florida State No. 2.

Alabama was No. 1. "After winning 10 games in a rebuilding season, FSU is poised to challenge for the title," Athlon noted. "Most of the roster returns intact, but the Seminoles have to find a QB and replace cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Dalvin Cook is one of the frontrunners to win the Heisman." The Seminoles are motivated to end this coming season better than they ended 2015, with a Peach Bowl meltdown against Houston on New Year's Eve.
May 16 - 6:43 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher and Alabama HC Nick Saban both are in favor of having a college football commissioner.

Presumably, Commissioner Saban's first act would involve knighting Fisher his Vice Commissioner. Kidding aside, a College Football Czar would replace the NCAA as the final governing body of the sport. For that reason alone, consider us sold.
May 10 - 2:08 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher was involved in a car accident on Saturday.

According to the police report obtained by ESPN, Fisher's vehicle crashed into another at an intersection about a mile outside of Doak Walker Stadium. While Fisher himself did not complain of any injury, the driver of the other vehicle was taken to the hospital after voicing concern over back, hip and shoulder pain. Fault for the accident has not been determined, but it should be noted that wet roads might have played a factor. The police do not suspect that drugs or alcohol were involved for either driver.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 4 - 8:07 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher said that he was "not pleased at all" with the team's first spring practice on Wednesday.

Fisher referred to the practice as "awful" and cited "just a lack of enthusiasm." The Seminoles' head honcho entered the spring with optimism, saying earlier in March that he "[liked] where [the team was] going," adding that he's "intrigued." It remains a work in progress, though. Fisher's angling to iron out the team's mental gaffes, but even beyond that, the team's without its starting quarterback, as Sean Maguire is still in the process of recovering from a fractured ankle suffered in the team's Peach Bowl showdown with Houston on New Year's Eve.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 19 - 4:50 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher indicated that he's "intrigued" by his team entering spring practice.

"I like where we’re going. This team has me truly intrigued. I like this team. But at the same time there’s still a lot of questions all the way across the board," Fisher said. He noted that much of the focus during spring practice will be related to "mental things." His ultimate goal? "[N]ot just winning, but dominating." Last season, the Seminoles finished out with a 10-3 record (6-2 in conference). Of note, senior QB Sean McGuire (expected to start in 2016) will not participate in spring ball, as he's recovering from a January ankle surgery.
Mar 15 - 6:22 PM

Florida State HC Jimbo Fisher said that the pre-bowl practice period is "the last chance for [the players] to get better. We’re not through getting better."

"Even though you are in preparation for a bowl, we aren’t in game planning," Fisher said. "We are going back to fundamentals and learning how to play. [The 15 practices are] 15 opportunities for your young players and for the seniors going into the draft." Florida State (10-2) is gearing up to play Houston (12-1) in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve. That same venue will host a Playoff semifinal next season, a fact not lost on Fisher. "It’s a very dynamic place to play, one of my favorite places to play," noted the FSU boss, who added that "hopefully" the team would return to the venue to play for raised stakes next season.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 03:46:00 PM

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that intermediaries for Florida State HC Jimbo Fisher and LSU were talking as late as last week.

The Tigers targeted Fisher as a replacement for Les Miles. Those talks stalls, leading LSU president F. King Alexander to acknowledge that the decision to retain Miles wasn’t made until halftime of the Texas A&M game. Whether Alexander balked at the $30 million-plus price tag it would have taken in total to replace Miles with Fisher or whether Fisher backed out, we're back where we started, with both Miles and Fisher staying put.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 06:02:00 PM