Florida State president John Thrasher touched on a variety of football-related subjects that Seminoles fans will be intrigued by.
Amongst them were the departure of Jimbo Fisher, the hiring of Willie Taggart and his opinion on the condition of FSU’s football facilities.
Fisher left FSU after eight seasons to accept a 10-year/$75 million deal at Texas A&M.
Despite guiding them to a national title in 2013, Fisher as a Florida State lifer turned out to be fools gold.
“I may have been reading him wrong but from every vibe I got this was where he wanted to be and wanted his kids to grow up,” Thrasher said. “Honestly I think there were other things involved as far as him leaving.”
Thrasher did not elaborate on what those other things might be but if it wasn’t involving money or facilities maybe it was having to do with some personal in nature.
Fisher took a jab at Florida State in his introductory Texas A&M press conference on Dec. 4.
“You can have the greatest coaches in the world, but if your administration doesn’t see things the way you see things and allow you to do things that way, nothing can be achieved,” Fisher said.
FSU hired former Oregon coach Willie Taggart and gave him a six-year/$30 million deal.
Thrasher’s response to Fisher’s rant about FSU’s facilities tells you all you need to know about his feelings about the new man at the helm for the football team.
“Our facilities are pretty good right now,” Thrasher said. “They’re not bad at all and Willie Taggart will tell you he wants to get kids to come here not because of the facilities but because of the education they’re going to get and leadership on the field.”
Thrasher added that Nick Saban could’ve had an influence on Fisher’s discontentment at FSU.
“My view of Jimbo was he wanted to model things after Nick Saban and the SEC and Alabama,” Thrasher said. “I’m OK with that to a point but I’m also not going to put Florida State at risk in terms of debt and the responsibility to other programs. Him and I had an understanding about that.”
However, during the interview process Thrasher came away completely sold on the vision Taggart laid out for the Seminoles.
“His attitude toward the kids and approaching their success on and off the field. I hadn’t quite heard that in the way he expressed things,” Thrasher said.
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