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FSU's Mickey Andrews: Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal

Love him or not, all FSU fans should be very grateful and thankful that Mickey decided to come back these last 2 years, otherwise we all know what the alternative was going to be. While our defensive effort this year is at a all time low, Coach Andrews is still one of the few defensive coaches that genuinely care about FSU. He is probably most responsible for our 2 National Championships and our unprecedented 15 year run of national dominance. Mickey Andrews plans to retire at the end of this season as FSU's defensive coordinator after 26 seasons. That means Andrews, who prefers sweat pants and a coaches' shirt, must dress up with a sports jacket on this not-so-casual Friday. Then there is the matter of the parade taking away from game preparation. Friday afternoons are an important part of Andrews' final work for Saturday games. FSU hosts North Carolina State on Halloween. "He was honored but he just wasn't sure he could take the time," Diane Andrews said. "'I have so much to do and dah, dah, dah'. He works. He comes home on Friday night and works. Last week, he got up at 2 in the morning, picked his briefcase and went to the table and worked." "Florida State is so special for us," Diane Andrews said. "I hate like the dickens that it is coming down to this with Mickey leaving. I hate it worse than anything. We've been here 26 years. These people have been with us through all kinds of things, these tragedies (including the death of son Ronnie two years ago). "We have friends from one end of this state to the other. It just means everything. It's really important to us." Coach Andrews, as a NOLE who was here before you arrived and watched you build our defense into the intimidating machine many programs today are still compared to, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS OF DEDICATION TO FSU FOOTBALL. There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude. ~Robert Brault

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