News and Notes

Florida State had its fourth pre-bowl practice on Tuesday and head coach Jimbo Fisher addressed the media immediately following. Fisher spoke about the coaching changes taking place as well as the state of the team moving forward.

It's been nearly five days since news leaked out that Florida State has hired Jeremy Pruitt to become its new defensive coordinator. Not long after that, word also got out that Sal Sunseri will join Pruitt on the defensive coaching staff.

Although the hires have been widely reported by nearly every media outlet that covers Florida State athletics, Jimbo Fisher still has not gone on the record and confirmed those reports. But he hasn't denied them either. That continued on Tuesday afternoon when Fisher spoke with the media following the team's practice.

"There's nothing we can comment on, we have to get through a process," Fisher said.

Sal Sunseri was at practice for the second consecutive day, and Fisher said that the new assistants can coach on the sidelines during the game. However he did not say whether they would or would not be.

"Yes, yes they can be," Fisher said. "But we will have to wait and see. We have to get them hired first (laughing)."

Other news and notes from Tueday's practice

Fisher was asked about the status of Mark Stoops and if he will be back coaching at all, here's what he had to say:

"No. He may be here Thursday and on the back end a little bit. DJ (Eliot) and them have already taken care of everything."

Fisher also said the new coaches are loving their roles and he mentioned that the Grad Assistants have done a really nice job of stepping up into a new role.

Erik Korem's Big Raise

Fisher commented on the loss of Erik Korem for the first time. Korem was previously the Director of Football Operations at FSU before Stoops offered him to become the head of the strength and conditioning program at Kentucky.

"Man, he got a great deal. He was making $85,000 here and he's making $240,000 there. So, would you go? He did a really good job here, but it's a great opportunity and chance for him to better his career." Fisher went on to say that they would take their time in deciding on the right candidate to replace Korem at FSU.

Greg Hudson's Situation

Fisher spoke on the status of current linebackers coach Greg Hudson for the first time as well. There have been rumors that Hudson will either be moving into the Director of Football Operations role or possibly leaving the school for another job. But, Fisher maintains that those rumors are false at this time.

"He's staying right now, I mean he's our linebackers coach." When asked if he will remain in that capacity under the next coaching regime: "We'll see, but he is our linebackers coach right now and will be throughout the bowl game."

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