End of an era

Tuesday afternoon, long time defensive coordinator for Florida State Mickey Andrews announced that this season will be his last. Andrews has been the defensive coordinator at FSU since 1984 and the associate head coach since 2002. Andrews was on board for the entire dynasty era and is a huge reason as to why the Seminoles currently have two national championships.

Although head coach Bobby Bowden has said that he would like Mickey Andrews to stay on board for one more year, Andrews decided that the time for him to retire has come. A large part of his decision is due to the fact that he would like to spend more time with his family, which can be tough in the grueling college football world.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Andrews released this statement on his decision to retire:

"For 47 years it's been about me," Andrews said. "Now it's time to be about us – my family."

"After last football season I told Diane I wanted to coach one more year. For several reasons we agreed that was the thing to do."

"We debated on when it should be announced – before the season or after it. Because of a lot of speculation and questioning from friends, family and media, we decided to go ahead and do it now. "This is my last year as a football coach at Florida State. I has been a wonderful experience. We have been blessed. "I just want to thank Coach Bowden for giving me the opportunity to come to Florida State in 1984. It has been 26 great years working for him. I also want to thank all the outstanding coaches and staff people I have worked with through the years. "I especially want to thank all the players who gave so much of themselves to make this program so successful through the years. "And finally, to the fans who make FSU so special – Go Noles!

Coach Bowden also commented on Andrews' decision to retire.

"He's been here 26 years and we've had such success and you just have to credit him with the success we've had since he came," Bowden said. "He's done such a great job. We'll miss him and his wife and family. He's a good church man and a good civic man and always has his priorities in order and puts his family ahead of football. He's a guy that has never slowed down. He's just as enthusiastic now as he was when he came here."

During his time at Florida State, Andrews coached two Jim Thorpe Award winners in Deion Sanders and Terrell Buckley, an award given to the best defensive back annually. He also coached an All-American defensive back for eight consecutive seasons from 1987-1994. In 1998, Andrews lead the nations best defense statically and has had numerous other top five defenses.

In 1996, Andrews was named the nations top assistant coach as he received the Frank Broyles award. It was the first season the award was given out and has since been won by other great coaches such as Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

It could be said that Andrews means just as much to Florida State and had just as big of a hand in Florida State's dynasty as head coach Bobby Bowden. Andrews stuck with Florida State showing his loyalty to the Garnet and Gold despite temptations to leave for other positions throughout his tenure in Tallahassee.

Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we will have more comments from Andrews' in our latest edition of NDTV which should come tonight around 7:00 p.m.

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