Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Clone Wars: Fisher trying to emulate Master Obi Wan Saban

Jimbo Fisher: We've got our infrastructure set up like Alabama
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Jimbo Fisher and Nick Saban worked together at LSU for five years, so Fisher knows how Saban builds success.

It takes great players, but it also takes great people at every spot.

While on KFAN in Minneapolis, Fisher was asked how anyone beats Saban, and why he's so successful.

"We beat them my first year we were at FSU," Fisher said. "I went against him every day in practice. We were together for five years. He's done a great job of organizing. He's got the structure. People don't realize he's got the infrastructure really stet up.

"That's why we've been able to make our jump at Florida State. We've got our infrastructure set up where can keep replacing guys, and I think we'll be in that national title hunt every year, just like they are. But he's done a great job."
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Fisher's Seminoles went 12-2, won the ACC Championship and got a BCS Bowl win in 2012. That's successful by any standard. But there were also disapppointments along the way, including a mind-numbing second half collapse in the 17-16 loss to NC State (after leading at halftime 16-0) and an equally disheartening 4th quarter collapse at home against in-state rival Florida.

The NC State loss showed that the program has some growing to do in the areas of discipline and focus, and the Florida loss shows that even with Florida State being the cream of the ACC crop, they've still got aways to go before they can be considered elite and a legitimate contender for the crown.

It's a Process.

Fisher seems to be gaining on it, but having to replace a half dozen assistants might slow it down a bit in 2013. We'll see, won't we?