Every college football team in the country faces turnover on a yearly basis. Seniors move on to the next phase of their life and coaching staffs do their best to fill its biggest needs.
But when there is coaching turnover along with player turnover, it can put a lot of stress on a program, even if the head coach is staying put. For Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, he has dealt with much more than just a little turnover, rather a mass exodus of coaches leaving his staff.
FSU’s victory over Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship seems like it happened six months ago. Since that time, Fisher has seen seven members of his 2012 staff leave for a position at another school.
Fisher has always said he wanted FSU to become a launch pad for assistant coaches looking to move up the coaching ladder. But even after three seasons with zero coaching turnover, it’s hard to think that Fisher saw this coming. And he now faces by far his biggest challenge as a head coach.
Rarely do you see a case similar to the Seminoles losing six coaches in one offseason. There are two recent examples that come to mind. The first is at Tennessee where former head coach Derek Dooley had to replace a total of seven assistants last offseason. In 2012, the Vols went 5-7 and Dooley was fired.
The second recent example is at Wisconsin. Former head coach Bret Bielema replaced six members of his staff last offseason. The Badgers had a little more success during the season going 7-6, with a Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl berth. However, not long after winning the Big Ten Championship, Bielema decided to bolt to Arkansas taking a good portion of his staff with him.
So while the system will remain the same for the players, and the current talent level at Florida State far exceeds those previously mentioned examples, there is still much to be said for the chemistry among a coaching staff.