Florida State fans are making news with their plan to wear black at home against Georgia Tech this Saturday night on ESPN to protest Bobby Bowden. The measure garnered national attention, and been hailed as "innovative, and strikingly visual."
The movement has exploded with over 4550 members in the official Facebook Group only 48 hours after its creation. Creator Andre Roman projects it could easily reach 10,000 supporters before the game. Organizers expect to have at least half of Florida State's student section to be decked out in black.
With the recent news that Florida State is close to finalizing a deal with current Offensive Coordinator/ Head Coach in Waiting Jimbo Fisher, allowing Fisher to assume total control of the team, including personnel decisions, I wondered if the plan is still on. I caught up with Joseph Johnson, one of the movement's top organizers. Despite effort by some in the university to quash the measure, Johsnon says their passion for a quality college football program will not be silenced. Continue reading:
"The plan is still full-go.", said Johnson. "Until there is a signed contract outlining a definitive date for Coach Bowden's retirement, we will proceed.
We appreciate everything coach Bowden has done for Florida State, and 'Nole fans have been more than patient. This isn't a case of what have you done for us lately, it's what have you done for us this decade while being rewarded with one of the highest salaries in college football? Unfortunately, the answer is nearly a decade of unprofessional mismanagement of one of the countries finest collections of college football resources. That is simply not acceptable. Florida State fans deserve better, and the players certainly deserve better.
Recruiting is the lifeblood of any program and the threat of Bowden continuing to coach until an unspecified date is killing Florida State's recruiting class this season. We cannot afford to take a step back from the improvements made in recruiting over the last two years. We can't go back to the approach that brought the disastrous 2006 and 2007 classes. Top recruits simply do not want to play for coach Bowden, and they have repeatedly stated as much this year. Wearing black is a way to still support the players and the capable coaches who are still giving it their all, while still expressing our displeasure with the problem. We do not advocate any booing or jeering of the team or even of the team's problem. We will be cheering in full voice, while wearing black. Paint it black and go Noles!"