TAMPA—In what will arguably be one of the toughest schedules in 2010, the Seminoles have yet again defined the term "head-scratcher," and not just for their schedule mind you.
Nobody in the country really knows where to bill the Seminoles in 2010, with their new brands on coaching, play making, and conditioning.
Will they be rejuvenated and back on pace with the Miami's and the Florida's? Or will they be just a new shade of gray?
Jimbo Fisher is in his first season as the replacement to one of College Football's most legendary names, and that in itself would seem more than an Everest to climb.
But for FSU, the task is much taller: also replacing legendary Defensive Coordinator Mickey Andrews; Linebackers Coach (and former NC State Head Coach) Chuck Amato; Running Backs Coach (and former FSU legend) Dexter Carter; Defensive Ends Coach Jody Allen, as well as Strength and Conditioning Coach Todd Stroud.
Filling in for these key positions are some very talented and very intriguing characters from around the country.
Mark Stoops, Defensive Coordinator of the Arizona Wildcats, joins a completely revamped defensive staff that includes East Carolina's former Defensive Coordinator Greg Hudson (Linebackers) who would be Stoops' likely replacement in a succession plan scenario, as well as relative newcomer Darin Eliot from Rice, coaching the Defensive Ends.
On Offense, Dameyune Craig will handle all Quarterback Coaching duties in addition to being the head of recruiting at FSU, replacing some of Jody Allen's roles, who will now only focus on Tight Ends as the Offensive Coordinator under Fisher.
Rick Trickett's talents at Offensive Line Coach remain intact, and his Marine-based workout regimens will be complimented by one of the best Strength and Conditioning "free-agents" in the business, acquired by FSU this off season—Vic Viloria of SMU.
Add to the mix, FSU now has a team of dietitians, nutritionists, and even psychologists to help evaluate and strengthen FSU players, and FSU seems to have the look and feel of a professional team that is "all business," which incidentally happens to be the mantra of Senior Quarterback Christian Ponder's Heisman Campaign.
With all of the pieces in place for an entire summer, and a spring signing class already enrolling for class, the fall looks as though it could be quite a darling, and by most accounts—it would seem the media is taking notice.
So with little time to delay, we look ahead to Week One, where Head Coach Jimbo Fisher will call his first game against the school where his predecessor had his first Head Coaching position—the Samford Bulldogs.