Where Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher stands on the major issues

 

 

Jimbo Fisher likes the idea of centralized replay as long as it doesn’t interrupt flow of the game.

Jimbo Fisher likes the idea of centralized replay as long as it doesn’t interrupt flow of the game.

With the ACC spring meetings in the books, the biggest news was the league announcing it will aggressively implement centralized video replay for 2016, the first college football conference to go to an NFL-type of model.

Several other issues were discussed and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher had an opinion on most.

Here is where Fisher stands on the issues:

Centralized replay: Fisher is all for it as long as it doesn’t interrupt the flow of the game, which he believes it will not. “(Careers) are depending on that, kids with what they can achieve,” Fisher said. “I think any time you can get it right, it’s great. We’re basically for it.”

Time demands: This is a major issue with administrators and athletes. Fisher said most of his players come in to do work and do other things related to football on their own but said they are never above the 20 hour limit with coaches. “Academics is No. 1, by far (but) I don’t think it takes away from academics. I don’t think it’s hard to legislate (any changes),” he said. “Occasionally I need to tell a guy to take a break but if a guy wants to come in on his own if you block that off to him he’s going to go to Gold’s Gym or he’s going to go somewhere else.”

Early signing period: Fisher has been an outspoken proponent of an early signing period, and not in December, but in the summer just before preseason camp. He was asked about the notion of allowing a prospect to sign on his visit. “That’s getting more legs in the NCAA than an early signing period, if a kid comes on a visit and wants to sign, sign him. We need an early signing period,” he said. The advantages: “You find out if a kid is really in. Also, you want to save money. .. You spend all that time and money to keep trying to recruit a guy all the way through. It gives an assistant coach more time to coach. We’re the only sport that doesn’t (have an early signing period). I can’t figure it out.”

Technology on the sideline: Fisher is for allowing iPads on the sidelines, but he is in the minority among ACC coaches. “A lot of them want the old school, which I understand,” he said. “I think technology is good. More voted against than voted for it.” Fisher likes the idea of immediately being able to show the players what they did wrong. “You would know exactly what’s wrong with a play, which kid made a mistake, how to correct it,” he said.

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