Fisher's future the talk of the town

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 27, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The future of Florida State football was the talk of the town - and internet - on Monday, as rumors swirled of the potential of losing head coach Jimbo Fisher.

"I’m sad, I want him to stay,” said Kailee Groh, a sophomore at FSU. "In high school I always thought, ‘Oh football season, Jimbo.’ That's the first thing I thought of."

"He is one of the most renowned coaches that we've ever had,” said Avery Centrella, a Florida State student.

Between the thought of losing Fisher to Texas A&M University and the reality of a less-than-stellar football record this season, some FSU fans are now on edge.

"Losing the games in the fourth quarter like we have been has been pretty tough. And I think people have been noticing a lack of effort in some of the games we've been losing,” said FSU student Matthew Monroe.

The ups and downs of a football season can stretch far past the walls of Doak Campbell Stadium.

During a good season, the community can see huge economic benefits. According to a study by the FSU Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis, home football games had a $94.2 million economic impact in Leon County in 2014. That season, the team had a 13-1 overall record. Visitors booked more than 70,000 nights and spent more than $10 million on lodging.

But, during a season like this one, which has been plagued with canceled games, noon start times and numerous losses, things look a bit different.

“Between the hurricane and a rough football season our downtown has felt the affect. But we have loyal fans around the state - and they continued to support their team through good times and bad. While the profit margins haven’t been the same for our downtown businesses - it has still been a successful fall,” said Paige Carter-Smith, head of the Downtown Improvement Authority.

Despite some bumps in the road, some members of the fan base are hoping for a brighter future; that includes another season with head coach Jimbo Fisher.

"A new coach takes a lot of rebuilding time. So I feel like we're at a good point with (Jimbo), He knows the players, but starting over is going to be really tough,” said Monroe.

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