Is FSU Going To Be at The Top Any Time Soon??

Nobody NobodyContributor IJanuary 8, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 27: Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles directs play against the Duke Blue Devils at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 27, 2007 in Tallahassee, Florida.  FSU won 25-6. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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So it seems that the almighty Florida State Seminoles are rising to dominance once again........dejavu??  This broken record needs to actually come true before I consider recommending Bobby Bowden to be the headman at South Florida – I don’t believe Bobby has the hand strength to choke out a player. 

Before I receive hate feedback from the face-painting horse riders, please understand that this is the same Florida State that the ACC has seen the past eight years.  Although FSU has had three ACC championships during this time span, a dominant season hasn’t taken place. 

Some of you might have a legit argument by mentioning recruiting and that the 2010 class will be responsible for bringing FSU the desperately needed gridiron glory.  I’m sorry to be the one to inform you, but you're going to need more than a couple of five stars to fill your trophy case. 

The reason why I dated back eight years is because of FSU’s most recent recruiting cycle.  If you really do bleed garnet and gold, you will know that in the past decade FSU has been one of the more successful programs in terms of recruiting, in not just the Atlantic Coast Conference, but also the entire country. 

Numbers don’t lie ladies and gentlemen.  According to FSU has had a top 10 recruiting class in six of the past eight years (and four of those six were top five classes).  So why has the win column been such a drag?  The Seminoles obviously have the talent, so where are the results?  The only finger-pointing direction you can go is towards the coaching staff. 

There is no other explanation. 

The talent is there and the wins aren’t – it’s that simple.

 If I were a Seminole fan I’d be thrilled to know that Jimbo Fisher is my head coach for next year.  I absolutely adore coaches who blow away in-state rivalry games due to horrible time management.

 Well at least good ole’ Jimbo can recruit some playmakers.  Everybody respects a man who sits in the living room of an eighteen year old and sells BS while drinking homemade lemonade. 

Ask 2009 DB recruit and current Seminole Greg Reid how he feels about his decision to play for the Noles.  I’m sure he doesn’t regret de-committing from UF to play in front of a half-full Doak Campbell Stadium. 

I hear the Gator Bowl has pretty fancy victory hats too – Bling Bling!!!

 Luckily some see through the smoke and fix their mistakes.

 One of the lucky ones is 2010 DB Matt Elam who is ranked as the No. 14 best player in the nation by ESPN.  After committing to play for the Florida Gators, Elam de-committed after hearing the news of Urban Meyer’s leave of absence and committed to FSU. 

Unfortunately Elam was a Nole for less than a week. 

Eventually the bluechip recruits are going to completely take FSU out of the equation.  What big time recruit wants to sacrifice his talent for a program that stays mediocre year in and year out? 

The bottom line is that if Florida State University wants to even talk about competing for championships, then it has to make some serious coaching adjustments.  Perfection on the football field is more important than traveling from high school to high school looking for the next star.

Jimbo has some work to do.  Not on the recruiting trail, but on the practice field.

If Jimbo does happen to lose the momentum in recruiting, then maybe Mrs. Bowden can become FSU’s No. 1 recruiter.

I hear more about her in the media than I do Jimbo Fisher.