With the regular season in the rear-view mirror, Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher took part in one final call-in show on Wednesday night, this time taking a look back at the win over Florida, the entire 2016 season, as well as ahead to the Seminoles’ yet-unknown bowl matchup. What were the main takeaways from this week’s show?
No targeting on Francois
The very first caller of the night asked Fisher for his thoughts on the questionable hit to FSU QB Deondre Francois in the second half of the Seminoles’ victory over the Florida Gators. Fisher was quick to state that he didn’t agree with the call, saying that it looked like a shoulder-to-helmet hit to him but the refs did not see it that way. He went on to say that the intent of the hit on Francois was far worse than the intent of Brian Burns’ upheld targeting hit against NC State, and that he sincerely hopes intent will be factored into potential changes in the targeting rule.
Impact of Kidz1stFund
One studio audience member asked about the impact that the Kidz1stFund has made in Fanconi Anemia research. Fisher shared that in the five years since the foundation of Kidz1st, the life expectancy of those who are diagnosed with FA has gone up 11 years. He went on to share that all the money raised has played a large role in adding three additional full-time doctors at the leading FA hospital in Minnesota with the ultimate goal of finding a cure for Fanconi Anemia.
Later in the show, someone called in to ask Fisher how a team can carry momentum over from the end of the regular season into a bowl game. Fisher said that this one of the hardest things of the college game as there could be over a month between the end of the regular season. With regard to the practice schedule, Fisher says that they gradually work up from an off week to non-contact work up to full practices, of which each postseason team is allotted 15. He went on to say that bowl prep, especially the final week spent on location in the bowl location, must be a mix of enjoying the moment and having fun with taking advantage of the extra game and practices to build into next season.
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