TAMPA—Urban Meyer is taking a leave of absence, indefinitely. Jim Leavitt is gone from upstart USF. Miami played horrific against an average Big Ten foe in their bowl game. Even Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee are looking like the wheels are spinning a bit, and all around the panhandle, the only school suddenly not making front page news, is the school smack in the middle of them all—Florida State.
The Seminoles are close to securing a top five recruiting class in 2010, and against all odds, are actually faring better at this point on the recruiting trail than they had in the last two seasons. Jimbo Fisher has proven to be a dynamo on the recruiting trail, not only for playing talent, but for coaching talent as well.
With all cogs of the old-guard replaced from the Bobby Bowden Era, (save a strength and conditioning coordinator) Jimbo has also managed to recruit some top talent in the coaching world to Tallahassee to help him on his quest to raise the proverbial "phoenix from the ashes."
So with seemingly every major program within a few hundred miles of Tallahassee in shock mode right now, it would seem Florida State has every reason for optimism at a return to glory in 2010 right?
Not so fast.
Let's take a look at some of the many arduous roadblocks FSU will likely still encounter, and some of the daunting uphill challenges the program will face this upcoming season.