Fishering For a Story: Don't Blame FSU's Jimbo For Not Taking The Bait

Jeff KessockFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2010

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 22:  Florida State Seminoles Head Coach Bobby Bowden, (R) and Offensive Coordinator Jimbo Fisher watch the pregame action prior to the start of the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium on October 22, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Yes. He will certainly draw the ire of the media's staff writers, newspaper journalists, sports columnists, and television reporters. This is just another day in the life of the newest Head Coach in Tallahassee. The only catch is, he likes it that way.

Can you blame him?

Already drawing parallels from several media outlets as the new Nick Saban, which from a media relations standpoint is not exactly a compliment—Jimbo the "disciple," has only been head coach of the Seminoles for a little over a month, and has become one of the hottest offseason topics of discussion, without having uttered a word.

Sure, Jimbo has some huge shoes to fill at one of the most marketed football schools over the last quarter-century. Yes, he's taking over the podium for a man who once hosted his own television show, and was often considered one of the most media-accessible coaches in the country. There is no question that Jimbo's methods are different, and the timing in declaring these changes under the new "one voice" policy, are undoubtedly adding kindling to the growing fire for the press.

Oh yeah, he has that other job to tackle, too—returning FSU to national prominence.

Looking at Coach Fisher's decision to cut off the media, except in a few sparing press conferences here and there, makes perfect sense.

In approaching the recent changes like a business, Jimbo can successfully make his business operate based on his "process-first" oriented approach. Process-first means,

Inheriting a completely new staff, a mix of new and existing players to mold, a fairly new Athletic Director (Spetman replacing Hart a season ago), and a new University President to boot (with Barron replacing Wetherell) means that Fisher has a lot of work to do from within, before working on more mundane matters, like making Mike Bianchi happy.

All in all, it is fair to assume that until the dust settles in Tallahassee, there will be a bit of a zipped lip amongst the staff and players alike. Players will be relegated to focusing on their academics, and practice, rather than pointing fingers or getting caught up in illegal activities.

Coaches will be focused on coaching, rather than posting for a better job on the, or whining about being passed over for promotion. Academic advisors and tutors can return their focus on tutoring, rather than answering to the media for helping players cheat.

Once these issues begin to fade from the spotlight, and there is some evidence that the processes implemented by Coach Fisher have begun to lead to some positive results, I'm sure Jimbo will have no problem biting on a hook or two, and I'm sure he'll even let some of the other members from his "school" take the bait too.

Until then, if you're getting the itch to reel in something prize-worthy, you might try the waters in Alachua County. I hear there are plenty of fish, and no shortage of blood in the water.