GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Jimbo Fisher's voice perked up when asked here on Monday about the progress of Florida State's indoor football practice facility.
"We've made a lot of headway here recently," Fisher said.
Fisher said there would be some meetings in Tallahassee during the coming days. The focus of those meetings would be about the indoor facility. Needless to say, Fisher is excited about the prospect. The university's original feasibility study for the facility discovered that it would cost approximately $25 million.
Since then, though, plans have been scaled back. Florida State athletic director Randy Spetman told the Sentinel in May that current plans place the cost of the structure at around $16 million. Fisher confirmed on Monday at the annual Atlantic Coast Conference media days that the indoor practice facility would be for football only.
"I think it's important," Fisher said. "I really do. Like for instance the first year we were here [in 2007], we played Clemson - for four straight days, we can't walk outside. I sit inside and do walk-throughs for four straight days before we played. I mean, it affects winning and losing ... it's not just rain, it's the lightning.
"Because you're in the lightning capital of the world."
But, from the sound of it, help could be on the way.