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3. Jimbo Fisher is now the dean of major Florida football coaches. Think about this for a moment:...

3. Jimbo Fisher is now the dean of major Florida football coaches. Think about this for a moment: Fisher has completed one season as coach at Florida State and he's in excellent shape relative to his top competition at Miami and Florida. Both of those programs need new coaches and Fisher is coming off a 9-4 regular season that saw him win his division and destroy Miami and Florida on the field. Presently Fisher has the number four recruiting class in the nation per Rivals, a ranking that is only going to improve now that he can poach Florida and Miami commits. Fisher's rise was already good news for other schools in the SEC, which are helped by a strong in-state rival for the Gators. In fact, the other ACC and SEC schools need all three major powers in Florida to be ascendant at the same time, a balancing of the Sunshine State powers. Because if any one program dominates the state, as Meyer did at Florida, then it's awfully hard for the other conferences to compete. Looking back now, Meyer's dominance at Florida doesn't seem so surprising if you consider the state of the Miami and Florida State programs during Meyer's tenure. Meyer arrived for the final, long good-bye from Bobby Bowden and for the tepid transition between Larry Coker and Randy Shannon. It wasn't just that Meyer was great at Florida, he was, but he also arrived at the perfect time, at the lowest moments for Florida State and Miami since the 1970's. Steve Spurrier and Bobby Bowden dueled at the height of each man's power as a coach. Meyer? He had no competition in the state. As a result, the nation was his football oyster.

Clay Travis, on why the SEC needs FSU & Miami to be strong. In the reverse, I would argue that FSU needs other SEC schools to be strong and in-state rivals weaker, which is probably obvious to you.

What Florida's Coaching Vacancy Means For Florida State

What does Urban Meyer quitting on the Gators mean for Florida State? Is UF's vacancy a good thing for FSU?

GatorBait.Net: Jimbo Fisher is now the "King" of Florida.

The piece focuses more on the possible recruiting fallout, but the article hints that the firing of Randy Shannon and resignation of Urban Meyer will pave the way for FSU to once again dominate the State of Florida. ("Fisher represents that stability in the state. From here things can only get better for the Seminoles.") Article also mentions how Mike Blakely will likely commit to Auburn and how the Gator Nation is likely to sign either Dan Mullen or Charlie Strong.

Urban Meyer Resigns From Florida Gators

There are now multiple reports that Urban Meyer will resign from his position as head coach of the Florida Gators.

Underrated: Florida State's offense. The Seminoles made the ACC title game, but the perception...

Underrated: Florida State's offense. The Seminoles made the ACC title game, but the perception seems to be that it came despite offensive inconsistency. FSU ranked 55th in yards per game due to injuries and a brutal schedule [FSU played the toughest schedule of defenses in America. LSU played the second and it wasn't close]. Three opponents ranked among the top seven in Defensive F/+, and seven others ranked in the Top 35 [in comparison, Oregon faced only one top-25 defense]. They did as well as most would do against that slate and ranked sixth in Offensive F/+.

Bill Connelly, explaining that FSU had the 6th best offensive season in the country, receiving a major boost by virtue of playing the toughest set of defenses in all of college football. That's an ESPN Insider piece, but I do hope you'll visit. Meanwhile, FSU's defense sits at 48th-best. That's a huge improvement over last season's 88th mark. We saw here how many unenlightened fans failed to appreciate the offense while loving a defense that while much improved, was far from "very good". The spreads between offense and defense on some of the teams FSU faced was pretty stark. For instance: Team/ O-Rank/ D- Rank Clem/ 78/ 5 UM / 36/ 7 OU / 18/ 6 BC / 98/ 19 BYU/ 97/ 31 UNC/ 45/ 35 NCst/ 44/ 22 UF/ 48/ 25 MD/ 44/ 27 When you look at those defenses faced, it's just insane what this offense did. I doubt FSU will face another set of defenses this quality again in my lifetime. Don't gloss over that. Seriously look at the differences in the offenses and defenses FSU faced.

How does Jimbo's Salary Compare Amongst FBS Schools?

"At least some information was obtained on all but 10 schools, most of which are private." Jimbo gets roughly $1.8 million guaranteed (+ bonuses). Scroll down the list and see who gets paid more (and how much more). It might, or might not, surprise you!

Florida State Recruiting Map

Florida State Recruiting Map

Good and bad news on Carradine. From our old buddy Tyler/Gahnki. Send some hits to his site...

Good and bad news on Carradine. From our old buddy Tyler/Gahnki. Send some hits to his site too. "Ohio State coaches will not have to wait until next weekend to make a positive impression on a key target, however. Junior college defensive lineman Cornelius "Tank" Carradine will visit Ohio State this weekend, and it will be up to the Buckeyes to blow him away in order to earn his signature. Carradine is a Cincinnati Taft High School graduate, but even those ties are not enough to guarantee him to the Bucks. Right now, Tank is a heavy lean to Florida State and something drastic will have to happen on the visit for that to change."

ACC Championship Highlights

The FSU highlights of the ACC Champ Game. Put on youtube by the ever excellent 'afallingbomb28'

Tomahawk Notes 12.07.10

Daily news and notes on the Florida State Seminoles.

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