It’s Fisher in­stead of Bow­den, but dadgum ’Noles still get ACC nod

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

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