It hasn't been the best of offseasons for Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher.He lost 11 stars to the NFL draft, including his Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston, who is now trying to rescue the Bucs.Off the field, things got uglier when Fisher's players started slapping around women.A projected team leader, quarterback De'Andre Johnson, was kicked off the team after a video surfaced of him punching a woman at a bar. Then Fisher's best running back, Dalvin Cook, was suspended after reports he hit a woman outside a Tallahassee bar.That prompted Fisher's boss, FSU president John Thrasher, to call a come-to-Thrasher meeting. You get the sense that not only was Thrasher putting the team on notice, but maybe Fisher, too.Bars are now off-limits in an edict that appears to have come several months too late. And the student-athletes now have additions to their college curriculum, such as a five-hour seminar focused on domestic violence.Great that FSU is addressing the issue but rather sad that you have to tell males to keep their hands off females.Which brings us back to Fisher. How much do FSU's off-field problems fall on Jimbo?Well, he is in charge of the program. If you're going to give him credit when things go well, then he deserves at least some of the blame when things go wrong. That comes with the territory when you're the head coach. Fisher gets paid rather well — $5 million a year — so his players do the right things on the field and don't do the wrong things off it.Then again, can he be expected to watch over 125 college kids 24 hours a day?During a radio interview on WDAE-AM 620 last week, I asked Fisher what can a coach do since he can't be in 125 places at once."Educate,'' Fisher said. "You have to send a message in a lot of different ways. Here's the thing: You can talk to 125 guys on your team, and you can say the same message. And everybody doesn't interpret things the same way. … But as a coach, that's one of the challenges, making sure you reach every individual and that they understand the importance of it.''All Fisher, like any coach, can do is recruit the best players he can, instill the best message he can, then pray his phone doesn't ring at 2 in the morning.When the players don't get the message, then your program starts to have a reputation that is awfully hard to shake. Before it gets any further, that's the message Fisher is trying to get across to his team. He knows all this off-the-field mess stains the program and brings his own reputation into question."One mistake can cost you,'' he said. "You have a lifetime of decisions to make and one can cost you. That's something we all have to adhere to no matter what your age is.''Honestly, I think Fisher gets it. He seems like a good man, and he does seem genuinely troubled when his players do stupid things off the field."When you're in the spotlight, at Florida State, people are really looking at what you are doing,'' Fisher said. "There are incidents going on all over the country. A lot of schools have had a lot more (incidents) than we have, but if you're at Florida State, those things are magnified. That's part of it.''Fisher is always quick to point out that FSU is not the only program with problems. He's right. All schools go through various off-field issues.But no one wants to hear about other schools. Sure, other programs have issues. Some way worse than what we've seen at FSU. But that doesn't mean a thing. It shouldn't matter in Tallahassee what goes on at some podunk school somewhere else. That's the message Fisher needs to keep pounding into his players. Being young is not an excuse. Being talented is not a rationalization."When you're 18 to 22, sometimes you make knucklehead decisions, bad decisions, but you can't allow that (to happen),'' Fisher said. "You have to grow past that. You're in the spotlight, but more important than that, you represent yourself, you represent your family and you represent the organization. You can't allow those things to happen.''On the field, there's much less concern, even though it will be darn near impossible to duplicate what the Seminoles have done the past two years when they lost one game, won a national title and came within a game of playing for another.Expectations are high. Maybe too high considering the lack of experience Fisher has this season and the difficulty he will have replacing one of the best quarterbacks in college football history.But no wants to hear about that either. The standard, a very high standard, has been set at FSU."That's why you're in the business,'' Fisher said. "That's why I want to be at Florida State. If you can't take that, then you're in the wrong business. That's all part of the game. That's what you want to be. You want to be somewhere where you are able to win championships and expectations are like that. Do you win them every year? Obviously, not. But you want to be in that hunt.''For Fisher, the Sept. 5 season opener can't get here soon enough. If nothing else, it will mean a long and hard offseason will be over.