Mickey Andrews To Retire

FSU Sports information has released the following in regards to the future of Mickey Andrews:

Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, the architect of the Seminoles defense since 1984, will retire at the end of the 2009 season.

One of the nation's most respected defensive coaches, the 68-year-old Andrews, made his decision public today.

"For 47 years it's been about me," Andrews said. "Now it's time to be about us - my family." Andrews and his wife Diane will continue to call Tallahassee home in retirement. Over the course of his 26 seasons as the architect of the Seminoles' defense, Andrews has helped develop some of the finest players and units in college football history. More importantly, he has been a mentor to all walks of players with his fiery brand of motivation on the field and his compassion off it. Florida State coach Bobby Bowden directly credits Andrews' work for producing a pair of national championships.

"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."

Andrews will direct the defense through the balance of the season and, after meeting with Florida State director of athletics Randy Spetman, will stay on board through February 10, 2010. That is the date he was hired by Bowden to help transform the Seminoles into what became a college football dynasty.

Andrews provides some insight into his decision with as hand-crafted statement: "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 Andrews will address the media at the conclusion of today's practice.

Here is what some of Mickey's former players have to say.

"He was a great leader, great motivator, a great eye for talent," said former cornerback Corey Fuller, "He was a coach that you could talk to about anything, a father figure. Someone that you could trust."

"If you did everything you were supposed to do, he would stick with you, but if you didn't he would get on you and make you work better," said former linebacker Tommy Polley, "He was a great guy, one of the better defensive coordinators I have ever had."

"I don't think there's anybody in football that knows more about defense. And if they do, there's nobody that can get more out of less," said former defensive back and current Leon football coach Bill Ragans.


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  • by Tammey Location: Tally on Nov 4, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    Maybe FSU should let Bowden an Fisher go an make Andrews the new head coach. He could do better than what we got now.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2009 at 04:41 AM
    I really dont think that God puts footballat the top of his list. It is just and nothing but a game. In the big picture of life it is nothing. If people got as excited about serving God as they do a meaningless game this world would be a better place. Guess what,if there were never another football game played there would still be people losing their jobs and homes,children going hungry and being abused,crime running rampant...etc.etc. So you see there are much more important things than a GAME!
  • by Rocky Top Location: Up thar in Tennisee on Nov 4, 2009 at 04:05 AM
    Monte Kiffin has forgotten more about defense than this bozo ever knew.
  • by just sayin Location: tally on Nov 3, 2009 at 04:32 PM
    Dang! 64plus....take a happy pill dude! I will truly miss seeing Mickey spittin' and cussin'(not literally) on that sideline and pulling those boys by the facemask to bring them down to him...I agree with COMMONSENSE, FSU needs to honor Andrews in a BIG way! It wasn't Bowden who created those awesome defenses of the past that won those national championships and went 13-14 seasons in the top 5. Haven't heard of an indoor practice facility, but if one is planned, his name needs to be put on it. I think a statue of him in front of it would be fitting too.
  • by rla on Nov 3, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    Wow! I hope he and his wife enjoy their retirement together and all the luck to them.
  • by 64plus Location: fla on Nov 3, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    Is this going to be drawn out like the NCAA ruling that is to come down? Just make the announcement and get it over with. So much dramatics coming from FSU anymore!
  • by MRZ.ALL THE WAY LIV3 on Nov 3, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    GO GO NOLES IF YOU GUYS PUT GOD FIRST ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!FAITH N TRUST TAKES THE WORLD ALONG WAY!!!! KEEP PRAYING AND KEEP YA HEADS UP LOVE MRZ.B
  • by Commonsense Location: Tallahassee on Nov 3, 2009 at 10:07 AM
    I want to take this chance to thank Coach Andrews for all the years of absolute dedication he gave FSU, Tallahassee, and the college football world. FSU would not be where we are today if not for Mickey, and he has earned a place of honor here. We owe him much, and I wish him God Speed on his well deserved retirement. Thanks for everything Coach, you will be missed. I'll sign off with one request to FSU decision makers: Please name the planned indoor practice facility after Mickey Andrews. He has earned it, and it will be a fitting tribute to the man that has given so much to all of us over the years.
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