Jimbo Fisher ordered rings for Florida State playing in New Year’s Six bowl, not just winning state title

 

Jimbo Fisher ordered rings for his players following a season in which they played in a New Year's Six bowl as well as won another state championship and won 49 games in four years.

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher did not pay attention to the reaction over his players receiving rings for this season accomplishments.

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is amused over the social media storm caused when one of his players Tweeted a picture of the ring that was presented to each player.

Stephen Gabbard, who sent out the tweet, wrote: State Champs but were looking for more #GoNoles.

 

Fisher told me today that that rings were not handed out for winning a state title but because FSU rewards its players for major accomplishments, such as playing in a New Year’s Six, or major, bowl game, win or lose that game.

“We got them because we went to a New Year’s Six Bowl, that’s always a goal,” Fisher said. “That wasn’t because we were state champions.”

Fisher also mentioned another 10-win season and his seniors winning 49 games among those accomplishments but said he would not have ordered rings if FSU had not been invited to a New Year’s Six bowl.

Fisher’s reaction to the criticism: “I don’t care. That’s why I don’t have Twitter or go on social media.”

Bobby Bowden has plenty of rings.

Bobby Bowden has plenty of rings.

Under Fisher, FSU players have received rings for winning the 2013 national title and three ACC titles (one of those being 2013). They also have a ring for defeating Notre Dame in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl.

Bobby Bowden had a similar philosophy. His last team received a ring for winning his final game, the Gator Bowl following the 2009 season.

And although this year’s ring recognizes the Seminoles’ state championship among the Big Three schools (their fifth in six seasons under Fisher), it also lists the 49 wins in the last four years and the Chick Fil a Bowl, a 28-24 loss to Houston.

“If we go to a major bowl we get a ring,” Fisher said.