FSU football fans have a lot to gloat about Sunday. FSU football defeated Miami for the third consecutive year with Saturday’s win, Florida got dismantled by an LSU team FSU smoked in week one, and Texas A&M fired Jimbo Fisher.
The former FSU coach left FSU near the end of the 2017 season for a huge contract worth millions with no buyout. However, after failing to win 10 games and never winning the SEC or making the College football playoff, Fisher is out of College Station.
His record is worse than Kevin Sumlin, who Texas A&M fired to hire Jimbo Fisher. FSU football fans were bitter, hurt, and disappointed.
Fisher stopped recruiting during the 2017 season and essentially quit before throwing FSU under the bus with accusations they were not committed to winning despite multiple top eight recruiting classes.
FSU and their fans have the last laugh after FSU has won 10 games in back-to-back seasons and look poised to win the ACC and make the College Football Playoffs.
There was a segment of the FSU fanbase that would die on the hill that FSU needed Jimbo Fisher, despite evidence pointing to him likely never turning the program around and winning another national title.
I think his time at Texas A&M proved that thought process right. He had a new start and still couldn’t find the magic he had in his first few years at FSU. I always liked Jimbo, but how he quit recruiting and tried to paint the narrative it was FSU’s fault for his lack of success in the latter years that turned me against.
I wrote how he wasted 53 percent of the blue-chip players he signed between 2015-2017. It was never about FSU’s lack of commitment, but his inability to hold players and coaches to the standard set early in his tenure.
Mike Norvell’s success has proven that FSU can succeed with a coach who’s willing to put in the work. Norvell is the third coach over the past 40 years to turn FSU into a top-five program. Other places like Texas A&M, Clemson, USC, and others can’t say that.
Jimbo will leave College Station with generational wealth, but I think it’s safe to say many FSU fans will never respect him the same as it could have had he done things the right way.