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Jimbo expounds on wanting Alabama in title game

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Late last week, Jimbo Fisher created the kind of kerfuffle that only usually occurs in the offseason when he (gasp!) openly acknowledged that he was hoping Florida State would face Alabama in the final BCS title game.

That wasn’t a slight at the Seminoles’ actual opponent, Auburn; rather, it was Fisher merely pointing out that he and FSU wanted the opportunity to beat the cream of the college football crop, with the 2013 Crimson Tide, as two-time defending BCS champions and winners of three of the past four crystal footballs, representing that very ideal.

As the mini-firestorm took off, the FSU head coach felt the need to further explain what should’ve been patently obvious to most: his words were meant as nothing but respect for Alabama and that he was merely complementing “the SEC and Alabama in that situation by saying when you want to compete you have to go compete against the best and they were regarded as the best at the present time.”

From a Wednesday radio interview, as transcribed by

“By saying you want to play them, to me, is the ultimate respect because that is the thing you want to do. You want to play the best. That’s what we were able to do. No pun to Alabama or any SEC team or Auburn or anybody else, when you want to be a champion, you have to take those steps. You have to have that attitude to be able to compete.

“When you are vying for a championship, you want to be considered the best. You have to approach everybody; you have to be able to play everybody. The SEC had won seven championships. I coached in the league for 13 years. I know the league inside and out. I know what it is about and what it does and how good a league it is.

“But I think we have good football here. If you’re going be a champion and you want to be respected and thought of as a champion in great regard to those organizations, you have to play them and you have to defeat them.”

See, no blood no foul.

And, in other news, the 2014 college football season at the FBS level — Abilene Christian at Georgia State — kicks off in 90 days…

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5 Responses to “Jimbo expounds on wanting Alabama in title game”
  1. texasbornlsufan says: May 29, 2014 3:50 PM

    Everybody just lust to feed on DRAMA!!!!! Media is the worst

  2. Romulus says: May 29, 2014 4:09 PM

    Too bad auburn took them out. What a game.

  3. sportsguy3434 says: May 29, 2014 9:49 PM

    Jimbo you won. Hats off to you and FSU was the champion. Kudos.

    You had all you could handle with Auburn and had a bad first half. Don’t act like you wanted someone else…even in jest. JW might be consoling himself with more than crab legs if you played Alabama.

    Just take the trophy and display it. And don’t let parents pick it up like Alabama did and break it.

  4. noles44 says: May 30, 2014 12:34 PM

    FSU would have beat Bama in that game. Last years Bama had major problems with teams that can throw the ball, they wouldn’t have stopped our passing attack. Oh well, agree to disagree.

  5. blacknole08 says: May 30, 2014 1:03 PM

    Agree with noles44. In fact I would also say that I would have rather played BAMA than Auburn.

    The secondary was the weak link from last year’s BAMA team and our front 7 would have dominated BAMA’s o-line. Winston would have torched that secondary and we would have blown them out.

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