Fisher:Contract Will Help Smooth Transition

Jimbo Fisher made a point to let his Florida State offense know Saturday that signing a contract as the Seminoles next head coach won't change his expectations in the least.

The Seminoles' defense had its way with the offense when the units moved inside Doak Campbell for the second half of Saturday's 18-period practice. Fisher, who on Friday signed a five-year contract as Bobby Bowden's successor, then had his way with the unit he has been directing the past three seasons.

"The way we've practiced the last two days, we need more focus," said Fisher. "I didn't like it today. We've got too many guys who talk the talk, but don't walk the walk – only when it's convenient for them."

Florida State will continue its on-campus preparation for the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl date with West Virginia through Tuesday before earning a brief holiday reprieve. The Seminoles must report to Jacksonville at 12 noon on Dec. 26.

Fisher will head into the holiday a little more at ease, now that his contract has been completed. He will earn a base salary of $1.8 million a year, but incentive bonuses could push the figure as high as $2.4 million annually.

"It's a very good contract and now I've got to go live up to it and earn those bonuses," said Fisher, who will officially become Florida State's head coach on Jan. 5, 2010. "You tell your players you're incentive-laden: you play well and do well, you get more reps and more balls. I think it's very fair. I like the whole idea and concept."

By settling his contract, Fisher will focus on preparing for the Mountaineers, finish assembling his staff and brace for the final recruiting push leading up to national signing day.

"It's very good just to get it over with so you know when you get back (from the bowl) you finish up hiring your coaches and get ready to hit the road," Fisher said. "It's good to get that out of the way so I can keep focusing on getting ready for this ballgame."

"Everybody knows the future and what's going on. … The more clarity you give the players of the future, the better it is."

Fisher has been juggling quite a few balls since the Nov. 28 conclusion of the regular season. In addition to his offensive coordinator duties, much of his time has been spent assembling his staff and pursuing future Seminoles. He has tackled the multiple tasks much the way he does his weekly preparation for an opponent.

"It's just work," he said. "You organize it, structure it and move on. It's stressful because you want to make sure you make the right decisions, just like calling the game. Calling the game is fun, but it's stressful because you want the kids in the right plays to have success. It's the same thing here. You want to make sure you pick the right guys and get the right chemistry within the staff and also the right knowledge with good football coaches and great recruiters.

"You don't get second chances in this business. You need to make sure you're right and the people (you hire) have the same principles, values and core thoughts as you have."


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