Jimbo Fisher: 'We're not defending the national championship'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday February 02, 2014

More than 20,000 fans went to Doak Campbell Stadium to celebrate Florida State’s national championship, and Jimbo Fisher said there is more to come.

Florida State hadn’t won a game by fewer than 14 points until scoring in the final seconds of the national championship against Auburn. After the celebration, Fisher spoke with reporters and was asked if there was any sense of relief in winning the game that saw the Seminoles as a heavy favorite.

“Relief is a word I don’t like to use, because relief sets in, complacency," he said. "We’re not relieved. We’re excited about what we’ve done. Proud of what we’ve done, but we’re not finished and want to keep building to the future and what we can accomplish.”

As for that future, Fisher made sure to point out the Seminoles are not defending national champions.

“Everybody’s going to say,’ You’re the defending national champs,’” he said. “We’re not defending anything, because they can’t take that away. To defend something means you can lose it. We can’t lose that. What we have to do is be hungry for another one.”

Fisher told the fans that, “We didn’t just develop a team, folks. We developed a program. We plan on being here for a long time.” A big part of that program-building is recruiting. Nick Saban famously said he didn’t like that the national championship game took away from his opportunity to recruit.

Fisher, a former Saban assistant, didn’t go that far, but admitted the recruiting has held back the opportunity to celebrate the 2013 season.

“It’s kind of surreal, a little bit,” he said. “We didn’t have time to celebrate, because we got back into recruiting. It’ starting to really sink in. It’s great for these guys to get recognized like they have.  Unbelievable support, to have that whole side of the stadium filled out. It’s just a great day.”

Chris Vannini is the lead writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered Michigan State sports for The State News, The Oakland Press and MLive.com. He writes a weekly column for the Detroit Free Press on behalf of SB Nation. Vannini lives in Big Ten country, so his foot speed is far from SEC caliber, but his pulse on coaches is hard to match. Be sure to follow @CoachingBuzz on twitter and send your feedback to chris@coachingsearch.com