The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE — Life after Bobby Bowden for Florida State’s players has meant getting lessons in positive thinking, as well as eating more beans and greens and less fried chicken and fast-food burgers.

For Jimbo Fisher, who succeeded the now-retired Hall of Fame coach at Florida State, it’s finally getting a chance to do things his way after three years as Bowden’s offensive coordinator. During the last two, Fisher also held the newly invented and uncomfortable title of coach-in-waiting.
For Florida State’s boosters and fans it’s given them hope, if not expectation, that a younger coach with a more up-to-date approach can duplicate what’s happened just down the road in Gainesville.

That’s where Urban Meyer, an energetic and relatively youthful coach, restored national championship luster to the Florida Gators, the Seminoles’ bitter rivals.

Photo: Bobby Bowden