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    Jimbo Fisher ESPN.com chat transcript

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    Buzzmaster
      (10:19 AM)


    Next up is Florida State's Jimbo Fisher at 10:35 a.m. ET!

    Buzzmaster
      (10:29 AM)


    Here is coach!

    Jeff (FL)


    Best thing you did during the summer offseason?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:30 AM)


    I went on a family trip to my son in Cooperstown. He played in a baseball tournament and then we went to New York City. We had a great time.

    Ryan (LA)


    What do you think of the changes the conference will be facing over this year and next?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:31 AM)


    I think welcoming four possible new opponents so adjustments to new teams, new travel. It's new ground for everybody. And establishing a new hierarchy in the conference.

    Austin (DeLand, FL)


    Who will you root for when Miami and Florida play this September?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:31 AM)


    I don't. I'm a neutral observer.

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:31 AM)


    But it's also good for our conference if Miami does well.

    Jeff (Charlotte)


    Coach Fisher, With a veteran team but a young QB, how important is the new indoor practice facility to ensure there are no lapses due to weather? Go Noles!

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:32 AM)


    It's very critical. One time in Tallahassee in the summer, it rained several days in a row. It's critical to the practice time.

    Jayson (Dallas)


    Coach how important has Kidz First Fund been to raising awareness to your son's disease and the support your family has received due to the foundation?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:32 AM)


    It's been tremendous. The people are unbelievable. It's great for my son and all of the children. It's been a tremendous experience as far as meeting how many truly wonderful people there are in the world.

    Austin Flowers (DeLand, FL)


    @Jimbo: What is your favorite game day food?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:33 AM)


    I don't have one. I really don't have one. We have our traditional pregame meal, so I guess that's it. There is not one food. I usually don't eat much. Too worried.

    Randy Davenport [via mobile]


    My question is for Jimbo Fisher. As someone who has worked under both Bobby Bowden & Nick Saban what have you learned from them that has so far helped you as a head coach in building your program at FSU?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:34 AM)


    A lot of things from philosophies, how to handle media, football. But the biggest thing I learned is to be yourself. You can't be someone you're not. You have to be yourself.

    Chris (Tallahassee)


    Coach Fisher, what kinds of things do you try to learn and teach to your players from losses like the NC State game last year? Are all losses equal in your eyes?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:35 AM)


    You always learn from your mistakes. No one loss hurts more than another. Those are the ones that you always remember. Every game you learn from, whether you're successful or not. You don't dwell on them.

    Phillip (A stadium near you)


    Coach Fisher, how much freedom do you give your players with using social media?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:35 AM)


    In the offseason, if they handle it right, a lot. During the season, we restrict it more. But it's all about how they handle themselves in respect to the institutions.

    Andre (Tallahassee, FL)


    Coach Fisher: any uniform related surprises on the horizon?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:36 AM)


    If I tell you, it won't be a surprise.

    Justin Thompson (Ocala, Florida)


    Coach Fisher: with all the pressure that was on your program and this year being not hyped as high, can you speak on your teams approach changing from being the favorite to being the underdog, and what do you think of your chances in surprising UF in the swamp and Clemson in Death Valley this year?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:36 AM)


    It doesn't change at all. Our expectations never change for our program.

    Justin (SC)


    Coach Fisher, what is one thing about recruiting today that causes you concern?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:37 AM)


    I think that it is continually nonstop. There is never a down time. It's not good for coaches or players. It's gotten too media related.

    Ry (Orlando)


    A lot has been made about the loss of so many players to the NFL, but with so many under classmen returning, who are you looking to take the next step as both a leader and playmaker on D? And offesnse?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:38 AM)


    We're very excited about our defense. We have a tremendous amount of experience on the defense. Timmy, Dan, Mario, Dante. Tyler....so many of those great young players we'll count on.

    Brad (Oceanside, California )


    Coach Fisher, I grew up up in Florida having all my family before me attend FSU. As you are aware you are born into a team down there and raised to dislike Miami, and UF. I have been a US Marine for the last 19 years and deployed or not I find a way to follow Nole football. If I were able to get to Tallahassee for a home game which one would recommend that I buy tickets for?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:38 AM)


    I would say Miami would be a good one. If you want to see coach Bowden, it would be NC State...and Syracuse too, I think. But Miami is always a big game.

    Phillip (A stadium near you)


    Coach Fisher, what are the advantages and disadvantages of coaching after a legend like Bobby Bowden?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:39 AM)


    Advantages is that we had a great brand name that we could sell. The disadvantages is the style of coaching has changed drastically in the present and sometimes folks haven't been able to change quickly. It was an issue getting that done early.

    Michael Gerber (Tallahassee )


    Hey coach Fisher. Huge fan! Are you more excited this year with the potential of the team then any other year? PS. Lets grab a drink when were national champs this year at Level 8! GO Noles!

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:40 AM)


    I've been excited a lot of years, but I like our team now. I think we have a chance to be a very very good football team. It's no more than the others, but this one excites me very much.

    Cash H. (NC)


    With Kourtzidis departing, this leaves FSU with only 2 scholarship TE's O'Leary & Kerr. How does this effect the offense moving forward?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:41 AM)


    We'll have to make some adjustments, but we had a plan coming in to have some guys have dual roles. That won't change, but it's an issue that has to be addressed.

    Clint (Tallahassee)


    How excited are you to have Notre Dame in the fold for ACC play?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:42 AM)


    I think it's great. Notre Dame brings great brand name and national attention. Any time you have that it's great for the league. Any time FSU and ND play you have two great brand names.

    Phillip (A stadium near you)


    Coach Fisher, some programs seemed to be closed off to the media but your program is open to the media.What are the advantages of opening up to the media?

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:43 AM)


    It's just the day and times we're in. You have to walk a fine line. It's in these guys development and handling of the media. If conducted in the right way, then having an open policy is good.

    Jimbo Fisher
      (10:43 AM)


    Looking forward to the season. Thanks for all of your support.

    Buzzmaster
      (10:43 AM)


    Thanks coach!

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