FSU baseball announced the 10th head coach in school history Monday, in former player Link Jarrett.
Jarrett spoke to the media after a nice introduction, where he clearly stated the goal of winning a national championship at FSU.
I went back and watched the Mike Martin Jr. introductory press conference to see if I noticed any subtle differences. I noticed some major differences, and it’s likely the difference why Notre Dame performed how they did over the past three years and the same for FSU baseball.
The press conference is below.
I’m not here to belittle Mike Martin Jr., to put him down, or anything like that. I respect him and all that he gave to FSU baseball. However, watching the two press conferences, the concept of butcher vs. surgeon became apparent.
What I mean by that is it’s all about the details. Meat thanked people and began rambling on and on before realizing it and opening it up for questions. The answers were vague without much substance. Some of that is the lack of experience as a head coach, some are personality, and that’s fine.
Link Jarrett was precise, pausing at different times to give thoughtful answers. He gave respect to the Mike Martin family, spoke to current commits, and laid out five distinct areas that have to be done at an elite level:
3. Player development
4. Program development
5. Game management
He did it all without referring to notes and gave in-depth examples of each facet. He was prepared and had a game plan like the teams he coached.
He was surgical in how he answered everything, and if he didn’t have answers, he was clear that he’d get to it since it has been a quick turnaround since playing in the College World Series last week.
However, it’s clear that his objective is to bring that elusive national title to FSU baseball. I haven’t been this excited about FSU baseball in a long time, and I can’t wait to see the product on the field began to transform next year.