It’s Fisher instead of Bowden, but dadgum ’Noles still get ACC nod
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jimbo Fisher walked into the ballroom at the Atlantic Coast Conference media days Monday and immediately reminded everyone of his predecessor.
“Dadgum!” he said, seemingly startled to find some two dozen reporters wanting to talk to him. “This is like a birthday party — everybody’s supposed to bring a present. “Dadgum!” Bobby Bowden is no longer in charge at Florida State, but sometimes their new head man still sounds like the longtime Seminoles coach. And after spending two years as FSU’s coach-in-waiting, Fisher doesn’t have to wait anymore.
The Seminoles were the preseason pick by media members to win the Atlantic Division despite the handoff from one of the winningest coaches to someone who has never been a head coach.
“That’s expectations, and that’s part of being at Florida State. That’s why I wanted the job,” Fisher said.
Clemson received the second-most votes in the division, followed by Boston College, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Maryland.
FSU quarterback Christian Ponder was chosen ACC preseason player of the year.
It wasn’t all good news for the Seminoles on the day, though, as starting strongside linebacker Nigel Carr was jailed on five separate criminal allegations, including two felony charges. Carr’s backup is senior Mister Alexander.
Virginia Tech is the preseason favorite to win the Coastal Division and the overall ACC title. Miami was picked second in the Coastal.