September 4, 2010 by staff
Make no mistake, no-nonsense Jimbo Fisher, a voiceprint has been placed in Seminole Nation. The future is now. Indeed, it looks pretty good, especially in the perception-is-all world of recruitment, where the talent of all plants in the world, James Wilder, just to provide some shock waves of maroon and gold.
The site has been transformed. Bowden Tributes were offered. After winning their last game in the Gator Bowl, the old coach has been purposely kept a low profile.
Saturday’s opener against Samford makes it official. The new era is here.
“It’s a little strange, a little different,” said Bucs legend Derrick Brooks, a former linebacker for FSU All-American, who now serves as a member appointed by the governor of the school board of trustees. “We’re talking about somebody doing something for 34 years.
“When you have changes like this that is left of them or hug them. Jimbo Fisher is change. But what he really knows what is going to be like her, how it feels? None of us do.”
The former wide receiver for the Seminoles, Barry Smith, now an important reinforcement based in Tampa, will serve as honor captain for Saturday’s game. Will be on the field and in the locker room by Fisher’s comments before the game for the first time to the team. Smith feels like to be a witness of history.
Moreover, how does it compare with the history Bowden has already experienced?
Two national championships.
Twelve ACC titles.
Fourteen consecutive seasons with a ranking among the top five.
“None of that will never happen again, but the Florida State University life,” said Smith. “The university is bigger than all of us. We all want our university to succeed academically and athletically – and I think he will.
“But what was experienced with Bobby, I mean, it was pretty ridiculous. When Bobby stepped in, some people in the FSU were wondering if you only have to pull the plug on it (football program). We live in an incredible time. Now all new. ”
The past decade was painful. After registering at least 10 victories from 1987 to 2000, the Seminoles had only one season of 10 victories since then. It was time to move on, but still want the output Brooks Bowden had been handled differently.
“(When) you took the decision in 2007 (to coach Fisher’s honor), who started ticking time bomb,” said Brooks. “It would be nice. With Bowden, if he won, we will not ask her to leave. If he lost, was another guy going to want to turn.
“At that point, I said quite categorically – literally standing on a table – did not agree with what they were doing. It was not Coach Fisher. It was not Jeff Bowden (former FSU offensive coordinator). The about what they were creating. A vote was taken. The vote speaks for itself. While I was able to give vent to my displeasure, I cannot complain about it. It’s just going to be weird not seeing Bowden there. ”
Stranger still, for Gene Deckerhoff, long FSU radio announcer. In 1989, Deckerhoff was offered a dream job in the radio network of Bucs. He could not say no. But he did not want to leave Tallahassee and FSU. He played with the logistical nightmare of doing both.
Bowden, incredibly, gave his blessings.
“Bobby had to agree to make their (post-game) TV show at times quite bizarre,” said Deckerhoff. “He did it for me, so my travel schedule could be accommodated. Can you believe that? He said, ‘Gene, just keeps me awake and we will do it.” A couple of times, in fact they were still taping the television program as the sun rose.
“No Bobby, I’ve never been the voice of the Buccaneers. No way I could have done so much without him. I am eternally grateful to him for that.”
The Seminoles will. Now it is not just another big time program with a coach young, ambitious head facing a landscape of win-or-else.
Winning is the fun part. Everybody loves a winner.
But if it ever comes to the window or “stage, well, that’s when the Seminole Nation may pine for the nostalgia. That’s when everyone remembers what once had FSU – and probably will never have.
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