It began when Florida State starting quarterback Sean Maguire broke a bone in his foot in the pre-season. FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher promptly inserted freshman Deondre Francois into the starting line up.
Francois was on track to win the job anyway, but the injury forced Fisher’s hand.
It was followed by a sloppy and frightening first half in the season opener against No. 11 ranked Ole Miss, in which Florida State, ranked No. 4 in the pre-season AP poll, had to scramble to come up with a come-from-behind 45-34 victory.
That was followed by a true head-scratcher–a 63-20 loss at Louisville, ranked No. 19 in the pre-season. FSU loses games, but not by 43 points.
And then came a last second loss at HOME against North Carolina.
And, in the latest What-Is-Going-On Here moment, a 37-34 loss to Clemson on Saturday night, was characterized by some officials’ calls that Fisher found unacceptable. So much so that he publicly vented and drew a game misconduct and a $20,000 fine from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Suddenly Florida State, was 2-3 in the ACC and has lost 6 games in the last year and a half, which was more than the Seminoles lost in a 3-year stretch from 2012-2014, when they were not only winning ACC titles, but won a national championship, as well.
Is this an aberration or a trend? And just where does Jimbo Fisher, hired as the Seminoles head coach in 2010 and signed through 2022, go from here? The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.