Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher demanded respect for his conference at ACC Media Days last week, calling the ACC the “premiere conference in college football.” Apparently, he also needed to call for some self-recognition.
When the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation released its annual preseason watch list Wednesday, it included four ACC coaches. None of them, though, were Fisher.
It’s a tough list to make, but the Seminoles coach has to be one of the biggest omissions in the country. Since taking the reigns at Florida State, the Seminoles are 78-17. Over the last five years, Florida State has never lost more than three games in a single season. During that stretch, they also won the Orange Bowl twice and the National Championship.
The ACC coaches that made the list over Fisher are Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Miami’s Mark Richt, Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente and Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson. Swinney is an obvious inclusion, and Fuente is a hot coach on an up-and-coming team, but the decision to have Richt and Johnson on the list instead of Fisher is puzzling.
Additionally, Jim Harbaugh, Gus Malzan and Butch Jones are some other curious choices that made the watch list ahead of Fisher. Florida State beat Harbaugh in the Rose Bowl last year while Malzan and Jones have been rumored to be on the hot seat with their respective SEC teams.