Like a European royal family, FSU football now has a clear line of succession to the throne. We´ll call the new coach-in-waiting The Fisher King, a name borrowed from an early 90s movie of the same name. Who knows, the movie´s poster may just become a collector´s item for FSU fans.
We applaud T.K. Wetherell´s quick strike to put a Garnet and Gold anchor around Jimbo. Monday´s official announcement ends speculation about him being snatched away, while ensuring what appears to be a stellar crop of recruits.
Now comes the hard part. Can Jimbo multi-task? There are challenges ahead that would wilt many a great X´s and O´s guy. For example:
First and foremost, can he be the killer offensive coordinator and QB coach FSU needs to get back to the top, while recruiting the best talent, and taking an increasing role in meeting the press and becoming the face of the program?
Can he schmooze Boosters and keep the big bucks rolling in? Some coaches have been successful on the field but failed on the booster circuit. Ask UGA´s high rollers how Jim Donnan slipped on that banana peel.
Can he take on a fatherly persona as well as being
a fiery coordinator? You´ve seen him tongue lash players on the sidelines. Now he needs to develop a soft side that pats kids on the back, counsels, and disciplines with tough love.
Can he curb the %*&!.? At least two incidents of very public, high-volume four-letter explosions surprised many FSU faithful. One during the spring game on the sidelines, the other at Wake from an open pressbox. While we don´t expect him to adopt "dang" as his strongest language, his new position demands a more...well, Bowden-like vocabulary. One befitting the university´s most high profile face while charming the Moms of 5-star kids who run a 4.3 forty.
Whew, at least Jimbo will have ample time to work on all that. Or will he?