Sunday, July 22, 2018
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Fennelly: Ride off into the Texas sunset, Jimbo

Just go already.

Fill your saddlebags with money and ride off to Texas A&M.

That’s what I’d tell Jimbo Fisher if I was a Florida State fan.

I’d get my butt down there, too, and say it to his face.

Thanks for the national title. Thanks for Jameis. You have given FSU a lot of history in eight seasons. But Jimbo is worn out in Tallahassee, and FSU is worn out, too, and not just because of Fisher’s past flirtations with LSU.

Just go already.

Personally, I think Fisher should leave out of sheer embarrassment, for FSU needing to reschedule its game with Louisiana-Monroe that was postponed by Hurricane Irma to stave off FSU’s first losing season since 1976 and go to what would be a record 36th consecutive bowl.

How the mighty have fallen.

Now the mighty might be leaving.

Texas A&M, one crazed place, is poised to shower millions on a coach who is 5-6 at the moment. Florida State was projected as a playoff team. The Seminoles lost quarterback Deondre Francois in the opener against Alabama, but there has been more to this disaster than that.

Jimbo seems all played out in Tallahassee.

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At least when Urban Meyer crumbled at Florida, he took a year off and spent more time with his family, or at least the ESPN family of networks. Jimbo hasn’t even had the decency to experience chest pains. It’s kind of ratty if he runs away right now.

The Fisher-FSU relationship seems frayed beyond repair. That confrontation with a Seminoles fan after the Louisville loss last month in Tallahassee was just a sign. Fisher’s real tensions are with the athletic administration and exhausted boosters, who have listened to Fisher whine about facilities, a positively McElwainian sign. Frankly, I think they’re a little tired of it. Jimbo might have overplayed his hand.

Fisher and Florida State should be a match built to last. Think of what Fisher has done. Fisher stepped into Bobby Bowden’s job in 2010 and has averaged 10 wins a season. He brought FSU into a new century of offense. There was the perfect season and national title for the 2013 season, and a College Football Playoff semifinal in the 2014 season. Fisher has checked most of the boxes, including 7-1 records against Florida and Miami. Who’s going to top that? Jimbo has produced — period.

But like with so many other coaches who become big, it probably has crept into Fisher’s head that FSU and its fans are a tad spoiled and ungrateful. Maybe Fisher is safe in Tallahassee. Florida State president John Thrasher is a big Jimbo fan. But Fisher also knows FSU once fired Bowden, who won 315 games at the school, to clear a path for him. If that can happen, what couldn’t?

And throw in this fact: Most great coaches are crazy. They’re never satisfied. It’s how they get to the top in the first place. Only they can’t turn it off. They get to one mountaintop and suddenly they see all the other mountaintops.

Want to know what this deal will be about if it happens? It will be about ego.

Think Jimbo doesn’t realize he’d have more resources at A&M, anything he wants, just name it? Or that he’d be coaching before 100,000 fans every home game in a state as loaded with recruits as the state he has dominated? Think he doesn’t know that he could make new and bold history at A&M, which, for all its boastful fans, has a national title that is 77 years old, the Junction Boys and Bear Bryant, John David Crow, Johnny Football and not much else?

Jimbo could be the deliverer. Coaches love being deliverers.

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Fisher would be returning to the SEC, where the Aggies have Alabama, Auburn and LSU on the SEC West docket every season. If Fisher didn’t deliver, A&M fans would go a hundred times more nuts than FSU fans.

Think Fisher would doubt for a second that he would win in College Station?

All these guys think they’re lion tamers.

It’s time for Jimbo Fisher to leave the center ring in Tallahassee.

Just go already.

Yeah, I’d say it to his face.

Contact Martin Fennelly at [email protected] or (813) 731-8029.

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