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FSU prez Thrasher still bullish on Fisher: 'I wouldn't want anyone else'

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FSU President John Thrasher has supreme confidence in head coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff.
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Florida State University President John Thrasher has said numerous times over the last few years that the Seminoles couldn't ask for a better head coach than Jimbo Fisher, and the 2017 team's 2-3 start has done nothing to change his feelings.

In an interview Friday with Warchant.com, Thrasher said he hasn't lost any confidence in Fisher and his coaching staff.

"I have the highest respect for Jimbo," Thrasher said. "And I wouldn't want anyone else coaching our football team. That's exactly the way I feel. ... I've got great confidence in our coaches and certainly our head coach. Like I said, I wouldn't want anyone else coaching our football team besides Jimbo Fisher while I'm here."

Thrasher, who tries to visit FSU's practice fields once a week and was an avid Seminoles fan before he was named president in 2014, said he thinks this team's biggest problem has been an unfortunate string of tough breaks.

Florida State opened the season with a No. 3 national ranking but lost three of its first four games and quickly fell out of the Top 25. Thrasher pointed to the season-ending injury to quarterback Deondre Francois, the three-week layoff following Hurricane Irma and a number of other injuries as contributing factors.

"I can tell you there's some fine young men on that football team, and they want to win," Thrasher said, noting that he spends time around the team at home and on road trips. "They want to win just as bad as they've ever wanted to win. It's not a matter of that."

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Thrasher and athletics director Stan Wilcox stood in the back of the room during Fisher's post-game press conference at Duke last Saturday, following the Seminoles' 17-10 victory, and Thrasher nodded when Fisher pointed out how competitive the Atlantic Coast Conference has become.

"I think it goes back to what Jimbo said," Thrasher said. "The ACC today is not the ACC of 20 years ago. I agree with that. I was around 20 years ago and remember it. Teams have gotten more competitive. Look at last year -- North Carolina was a top team. Clemson obviously now looks, year to year, that they're going to have a great team.

"I don't think it's going to diminish us in any way, but I think they're all going to continue to improve. And the ACC is going to be an outstanding conference for years to come."

Thrasher said he is confident about the Seminoles' chances Saturday against visiting Louisville and in all of their remaining games. He is excited about the emergence of tailbacks Jacques Patrick and Cam Akers, the development of freshman quarterback James Blackman, the improvement on the offensive line and the overall play of the defense.

"I think we still have a great opportunity this season," Thrasher said.

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