Because he understands kids & politics...
FSU had just lost to a weak BC...Recruits everywhere were ready to announce new teams in the hunt for their commitment..with the exclusion of FSU...They absolutely needed to be sure that the guy who has been tireless recruiting them(JIMBO, COLEY, ETC) was going to be there if they commit to FSU..It forced the hand of pro- BB AD Wetherall to announce that the plan of sucession was definitely stll in place & FSU would keep the transition schedule promised the recruits..BB would leave, JIMBO takes over & the new FSU would be the recent LSU program with even better talent & sucess with them along for the ride; before heading off to certain millions in the NFL.
Now we are ready!! bb will retire/be kicked out this year' end..JImbo will hire his coaches & bring the best talent in the country along with the best in FLA..Scary>>>Fear the Spear>>>Talent...Good coach or not..We definitely wont see another 3 lose season for a long while, if ever again..
So thank you, Jim Smith...You may have just saved FSU....and BB legacy