Jimbo Fisher making jumbo mistakes in the media

By Brandon Cline, Contributing Writer

A 53-10 record. A 25-game win streak. 4-0 record in bowl games. Two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) titles. A national championship.

In his five seasons as the head football coach at Florida State, teams led by Jimbo Fisher have excelled immensely on the football field. Only Nick Saban and Alabama have rivaled what Fisher and FSU have accomplished since the turn of the decade.

But the plethora of off-field issues at FSU since Fisher was named Bobby Bowden’s successor in 2010 have clouded the on-field success of the team, and rightly so. In less than five years as head coach, Fisher’s players have been arrested, charged or cited on 14 separate occasions, including three repeat offenders.

According to arrestnation.com, there have been 830 arrests, charges and citations in college football since the 2010 season, meaning that FSU has accounted for 1.68 percent of all infractions. If all 245 FBS and FCS teams in college football committed the same amount of infractions as FSU did in that span, the total number would eclipse 3,400.

No, Fisher is not the one who was arrested for grand theft auto, third-degree grand theft, domestic assault, sexual assault, robbery, fraudulent use of a credit card, resisting arrest or petty theft, but he is the man who recruits, coaches and, supposedly, acts as a role model to these boys who should leave Florida State University as men.

Fisher is nauseatingly ignorant in public to anyone questioning the character and integrity of himself, his players or his program. In a postgame interview after Florida State’s thrilling win over Notre Dame on Oct. 18, Fisher said his team “is a high character program that’s ran the right way: on class and on dignity.”

Yes, Jimbo, your team is most definitely being run the right way. The same team whose starting running back, Karlos Williams, is being investigated for both domestic assault of his eight-month pregnant girlfriend, and for being an associate to a robbery of an FSU student.

The same team whose Heisman-winning quarterback, Jameis Winston, has been investigated for sexual assault, has an upcoming Florida State student conduct hearing on Nov. 17, has stolen $30 of seafood from a grocery store, was handcuffed for shooting at squirrels with a BB gun on campus, and has shouted sexual obscenities while standing on a table in the FSU student union, the latter earning him a one-game suspension.

Yes, that team. And yet, Fisher doesn’t believe those are the reasons why his team is being negatively portrayed. “Because one, ESPN has money in the SEC,” said Fisher in an interview with WABM Birmingham

What? How is that even slightly relevant? How is it ESPN’s fault that Fisher’s backfield is being investigated for very serious crimes? How is ESPN to blame for FSU’s 14 infractions since Fisher took the reins five years ago?

ESPN held College GameDay on FSU’s campus just a couple of weeks ago. ESPN also pays the ACC $3.6 billion to air the conference’s events, from which FSU collects $17 million in TV revenue every year. But Fisher still swears that ESPN has it out for them.

They say winning cures all. Maybe we’re getting to the point where it shouldn’t. How a team produces on the field shouldn’t give them a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card off the field, whether they’ve won 25 straight games, or lost 25 straight.