Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said he would make it a point to demand better from his players away from the football field. It looks as though banning his players from going out to bars is one of those steps.
Jim Henry of The Tallahassee Democrat reports, via Twitter, Fisher met with his Seminoles program earlier on Saturday. During the meeting, Fisher issued a program-wide ban from bars for his players after two players — quarterback DeAndre Johnson and running back Dalvin Cook — were linked to separate assault incidents at nearby bars. Hey, it’s one way to try to change something. It may not be entirely effective, but it is most certainly an effort on the part of Fisher, who
“We spend a good deal of time educating our student-athletes about appropriate behavior and their responsibilities as representatives of Florida State,” Fisher said in a public statement Friday. “The majority of our players are exemplary, but clearly we must place an even stronger emphasis on this, and I personally promise we will.”
Fisher’s statement was accompanied by another release form the university president, promising action to change whatever the university can to ensure the football program is not an embarrassment in the headlines.
“I have asked Coach Fisher and Athletics Director Stan Wilcox to develop a plan to help our student-athletes understand the consequences of these kinds of actions,” Florida State University president John Thrasher said in his own release Friday. “This will include Coach Fisher meeting immediately with his team to reiterate, in no uncertain terms, our expectations of them.” Fisher upheld his end of the bargain and, if true, took some action in attempting to prevent his players from getting into trouble at a bar.
Now the responsibility falls back on the individuals it really always belonged to in the first place; the players. Administrators can lecture all they want and seek guidance form as many resources as possible. Coaches can make all the rules they want for their players. Just as it has always been, it is now up to the players to hold up their end of the deal and represent Florida State in a positive way, rather than a negative fashion.