I can't say I am surprised by the result. There must be accountability at the top. I didn't get much positive feedback when I called for Bowden to resign in September. I wonder how those fans feel now. Bowden continues to kill the program he built. A football program is like a corporation. You cannot have an incompetent running your organization. There must be accountability. I will not say that Bowden does nothing. I will say that he does not do enough. At this point he is a joke. He has driven Florida State into the ground. You don't let a great architect tear down a great building. You don't let the patriarch of the family drive the family to church when he has lost touch with reality. Bowden has continually damaged this program since 2001. We will not compete on an elite level until he is gone.
Unfortunately, Bowden will stay as long as he wants. The administration is satisfied with building statues and paying homage to a coach who is fast slipping out of the conversation for the best of all time. We're a haven for politicians. We welcome has beens and washed up coaches with open arms. It is a state-run charity, if you will.
So, while we pretend that Bowden isn't literally the worst coach in America (and it's debatable between him and Paterno), and wait for the day that he finally ceases to exist (whether at FSU or on earth, both seem equally likely), we can do something about the defensive staff.
Florida State fans need to hope that this game will finally push someone to dismiss Mickey Andrews and his cohorts. I explained why in this piece. CaStauch went into detail here. I'm working on a collection of quotes from players and coaches (including some of our own) that will drive the final nail in Andrews' coaching coffin.
In some ways though, I hope Mickey gets a chance to coach this defense in 2009. It should be ugly. We lose a ton of talented players after this season. Players who we have failed to develop but who have talent nonetheless. The talent is running out on the defensive side. This defense should have been one of the best in the nation. It was not, instead giving up up 25 points per game against Division 1 teams.
I understand that UF is a very good team and their program is much better than ours. They are better than us when we're both operating at peak capacity. Unfortunately for us, we're far from capacity.
I'm done emotionally investing in Florida State until the change is made. The site will stay, but the discussion will be different.
Post your reactions as always. I'll feature the best.