Florida State’s facilities have undergone a major facelift in the last few years with a new indoor practice facility, coaches offices, locker rooms and players’ lounge, and major renovations currently taking place at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Jimbo Fisher was asked by Warchant’s Gene Williams at his booster tour stop in Jacksonville on Tuesday what he’d like to see next and he did not hesitate.
“There is no doubt, an academic support system and an academic facility is going to be very critical,” he said.
Fisher said the demands on all athletes are greater than ever and academic support is crucial.
“Florida State is a tremendous academic school the criteria for getting into school. … Classes are all very demanding and very tough. We got to have the support system to surround those kids. That’s still the No. 1 reason, to be a good person to get a great degree and then play ball.
“An academic center and a lot of support in those areas are very critical for the future. Not only at Florida State, it’s one of those things that have to happen in college sports and college football. … keep surrounding those guys with support systems and keep developing them as people, making sure they understand situations, how to recognize bad situation, how to see good situations to stay into, get out of bad ones, keep developing as people and keeping those programs in place to helping these kids understand the pressures they’re under now.”
The Seminoles have taken major steps in the last nine months to enhance the educational process of off-field behavior, part of which was establishing a mandatory, non-credited course for athletes designed to provide in-depth instruction concerning life skills.
“Make no mistake, kids are under more pressure now than they’ve ever been in college athletics because of the exposure, social media, who they are, what goes on, expectations,” Fisher said. “Helping these kids deal with that and cope with that so they can perform well as a person, as a student and as a player.”