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Donald Trump, Jimbo Fisher and the laser focus of college football coaches

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher walks off the field after his Seminoles' loss to North Carolina earlier this month.

ANDRES LEIVA | Times

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher walks off the field after his Seminoles' loss to North Carolina earlier this month.

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Ever wonder how locked-in college football coaches are during the season? Check out this exchange (via ASAP Sports) from Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher's Monday news conference.

Q. As far as locker room banter, what's acceptable and what isn't?
Fisher: What do you mean by banter?

Q. Talking about Donald Trump?
Fisher: What's he talking about? I don't listen to --

Q. Donald Trump said some inappropriate things about 11 years ago and they're calling him back and he said it was just locker room talk.
Fisher: Was he in the locker room?

Q. No.
Fisher: I don't know, so what's your question. I'm sorry. I'm kind of -- I got part of it.

The reference was to this story, about some crude comments Trump made 11 years ago. Trump later said the comments were "locker room talk."

Don't interpret this as a political statement on my part or a jab at Fisher. It's not intended to be either. I hate politics, and that's not fair to Fisher. I do, however, think this is a telling exchange that shows just how focused coaches are and how they choose to ignore everything else - even a story that drew an enormous amount of national attention.

For what it's worth, here's how Fisher eventually said he responds to offensive talk in the locker room:

Tell the kids to quit it. If anyone makes a critical or racial slur, guys, we don't need that, or derogatory toward women or anything like that. Guys, we're not going to do that. I don't need that, I don't want to hear that, just telling the guys. Don't say guys are guys; it's never acceptable, but tell them be careful about what they say, like I say, someone hear it, wrong person hear it, and it's not indicative of who you are as a person. It's like sending something out on Facebook or Twitter or something like that when you're mad.

[Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2016 6:17pm]

    

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