Jimbo Fisher: 'Hold the (darn) officials accountable. It's garbage'
UPDATE, 5 p.m. Sunday: The ACC publicly reprimanded Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and fined the program $20,000 following his officiating comments about Saturday night's game. The league announced the punishment Sunday and said it will have no further comment on the matter.
My original story is below.
TALLAHASSEE - Coach Jimbo Fisher was still livid at two penalties that helped fuel Florida State's 37-34 home loss Saturday night against Clemson.
In the fourth quarter, fullback Freddie Stevenson was called for an illegal block that negated a long Dalvin Cook rush.
"It's ridiculous," Fisher said after the game. "It's not a chop. It was not a chop. I'm going to tell you what. You hold coaches accountable, players accountable, hold the damn officials accountable. It's garbage..."
Fisher argued the penalty at the time, and he wasn't happy when someone on FSU's sideline was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct afterward. He said after the game that that call was "even more garbage."
"Cowardly," Fisher said. "Gutless and wrong. Take it, fine it, do whatever they want to do with it. That's a fact. Look at the film. It's ridiculous."
For good measure, Fisher didn't agree with two targeting calls - one that went against FSU defensive back Trey Marshall, and another that wasn't called when quarterback Deondre Francois took a hard hit. He blamed the official review crew for that one.
"Whoever's in the booth is bad, too," Fisher said.