Jimbo Fisher’s coaching staff at Florida State is one of twenty-five staffs in the country that remained completely intact during the off-season. All nine assistant coaches remained with the program including coordinators James Coley, Mark Stoops, and Eddie Gran.
With coaching changes last season at Miami (FL) and the University of Florida, Fisher is now the dean of the Big 3 in Florida. He believes the continuity should pay off.
Fisher said, "The good thing is everybody in the organization knows what to expect.”
"I think that's going to be a huge advantage for us. I think the biggest thing is for the folks who work around me and the players . . . about the way we coach, the demands and the things we expect.”
He added, "In this business, old doesn't always mean better. You just have to keep staying on top of things, staying hungry, winning those recruiting battles and be able to make the right calls on Saturday and hope your guys can execute them.”
According to FootballScoop research, twenty-four programs did not have any coaching staff changes going into last season. 10 of 24 programs actually had fewer total wins in 2010. Texas, who didn't have any coaching staff changes, went from 13-1 to 5-7.
Here is the entire list:
Texas (13-1 to 5-7)
Clemson (9-5 to 6-7)
Penn State (11-2 to 7-6)
Oregon State (8-5 to 5-7)
UL-Lafayette (6-6 to 3-9)
UAB (5-7 to 4-8)
Boston College (8-5 to 7-6)
Iowa (11-2 to 8-5)
Northwestern (8-5 to 7-6)
Wake Forest (5-7 to 3-9)
On the flip side, four programs that kept their staffs entirely intact, went on to double-digit wins. Those programs include Auburn, Oregon, Virginia Tech, and TCU.
Florida State opens the season in Doak Campbell Stadium against ULM. Running backs / special teams coordinator Eddie Gran wants a rowdy atmosphere.
After hosting Charleston-Southern in the second week of the season, the Seminoles will host Oklahoma. ESPN's College Gameday will likely be in Tallahassee for that one.