On FSU's leadership and place, others on 'Noles

US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Three good reads.

We're previously discussed the leadership at Florida State as it relates to athletics. How president Barron was not going to attempt to play athletic director like Wetherell did, and how that was a good thing.

We've discussed how nobody thinks AD Randy Spetman has any real power to hire and fire, at least with the big three sports. And we've discussed how it's inappropriate to make a change at the head coaching spot without getting the right AD in.

Lamar covers all that and more. Excellent read.

Georgia, Florida State losses pose familiar BCS coaching dilemma - Andy Staples - SI.com
Very good read from Staples

Florida State, LSU upsets in Week 6 shake up the BCS picture - Stewart Mandel - SI.com

• Florida State is out. In 1998, the Seminoles -- which at the time had lost one ACC game in seven years -- suffered a stunning 24-7 defeat at NC State. The Chris Weinke-led 'Noles won out and played in the first BCS Championship Game. On Saturday, No. 3 Florida State suffered a similarly stunning 17-16 defeat in Raleigh. But even if the 'Noles rebound and win out (and who knows if Jimbo Fisher's squad is even capable of that), this team -- unlike that team -- cannot get back into the national title race.

In 1998, Florida State played nonconference games against Texas A&M, USC, Miami and Florida and faced two ranked foes in ACC play. In 2012, the 'Noles faced Murray State, Savannah State and USF and notched a top-15 win over Clemson, but they likely won't face another ranked team until the Gators come to town Nov. 24. "We still control our own destiny in the ACC," Fisher said (incorrectly) with a straight face Saturday night. In that sense, the 'Noles could still finish the season in Miami. The ACC champ automatically goes to the Orange Bowl.

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