Weatherford Democrat

January 8, 2014

Sports briefs - Jan. 8, 2014


Weatherford Democrat

Florida State now focused on sustaining success

Staff Report

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says winning the national championship was the culmination of a four-year process that began when he replaced Bobby Bowden as the head of the program in 2010. The next challenge is to sustain that success.

Fisher now finds himself in Bowden’s old shoes where titles will be expected from a passionate fan base. Florida State beat Auburn 34-31 Monday night to win its first crown since 1999.

“You’ve got to go back to ground zero and you can’t worry about expectations,” Fisher said Tuesday. “That’s the thing, once expectations get so high, is to not let complacency set in. It’s human nature, you take winning for granted. You take success for granted.”

A quick glance at the roster shows why Florida State (14-0) will enter 2014 as the favorite. The Seminoles return Heisman quarterback Jameis Winston for his sophomore season and lose just three senior offensive starters. Florida State must replace four senior defensive starters and Fisher said he thinks there are up to three underclassmen who have decisions to make about a possible move to the NFL.

“The future is bright,” freshman cornerback Jalen Ramsey said. “We know what it takes now. We know how it feels. We don’t be disappointed next year from not being here. We want to make this thing a dynasty. Florida State is back to where it should always be.”

 

Prominent Texas donor McCombs bashes Strong hire 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A billionaire donor to the University of Texas says the hire of new football coach Charlie Strong was like a “kick in the face.”

Red McCombs has donated millions to Texas, and his name is on the north side of the football stadium. He publicly lobbied for Texas to hire Jon Gruden.

Hours after Strong was introduced Monday, McCombs complained to KZDC-AM in San Antonio that he was ignored in the coaching search.

McCombs said Texas got the selection “wrong” and that Strong would be a good position coach or coordinator. He later said he would support Strong and wished him well when they spoke by phone Sunday night.

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson said Strong was the best choice. McCombs did not immediately return a telephone message.