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FSU PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT ILLUSTRATED

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Excerpted from TK Wetherell's statement regarding the coaching situation at FSU, discussed briefly here, and illustrated below.

Two years ago Coach Bowden and I and others stood together and announced that we were beginning a period of transition for the football program.

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That plan is in place and will produce results, given the opportunity and support.

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...I want to assure all fans, friends, supporters and alumni of Florida State University that that transition will be finalized. Jimbo Fisher will be Florida State University's next Head Football Coach.

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...Our athletics programs are built on the foundation of helping young people build character and display that in their personal actions as well as on the fields of play.

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We also expect our teams to be competitive.

...Any coach can choose to retire at any time...

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...However, it is the athletics director's responsibility to determine which coaches are hired and which contracts are extended.

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I know all of our fans, friends, supporters and alumni will accord the coaching staff and our young student-athletes all the support, encouragement and respect they deserve. I will respect the process. FSU does not make coaching changes in the middle of the season...

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Specifically, I also know that Bobby Bowden loves this university. I have talked with him at length, and I know that he will do the right thing, as he always has done. I know the man and I know what's in his heart.

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I have spoken with numerous fans, alumni, Boosters, supporters and staff, and I will make a final report to the full Board of Trustees at the end of the year. Until then, FSU will concentrate on supporting our team and student-athletes in winning as many games as possible. Neither the university nor I will have further comment on this matter until then.