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Fisher takes command at FSU

January 5, 2010
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

TALLAHASSEE (AP) - While Jimbo Fisher's new office is being renovated at Florida State and isn't quite ready, the new Seminoles' football coach is at full speed as he prepares for his first day on the job Tuesday.

It's the first time Florida State has had a new football coach since Gerald Ford's presidency.

With paint fumes still noticeable in the football offices Monday, Fisher, 44, was working on the final hires for his new staff. The school has scheduled a news conference Wednesday to formally introduce him.

Fisher replaces Bobby Bowden, who retired after Florida State's victory over West Virginia in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day.

Armed with a $9 million, five-year contract that takes effect Tuesday, Fisher has been given a free hand redesigning the Seminoles' coaching alignment. He replaced five assistants and the strength coach.

"We've got a great staff working," said Fisher, who came to Florida State three years ago after a stint as LSU's offensive coordinator. "Now we've got to get everybody on the same page."

A 10-year-old elementary school student in West Virginia when Bowden arrived at Florida State, Fisher largely rejuvenated the Seminole offense as offensive coordinator. Now he needs a quick turnaround on the defensive side to make a run at the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in his first season.

"I look forward to the challenge," Fisher said following Florida State's 33-21 win over West Virginia. "This is a young football team. This is a team that's learning how to win and be good and has a chance to be real good."



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