Florida State is already one of the top programs in college football, but Jimbo Fisher wants the school to make a move that would give the Seminoles one of the premier facilities in the country.
Fisher told ESPN he wants a standalone, on-campus facility solely for the football program.
“We need room. We need meeting space, player development areas,” Fisher said via ESPN. “You’ve got to have those areas and also to show off your history. That’s what Florida State is known for, being a great football program. You can never stand still. If you’re not evolving and moving, people are going to bypass you. You’ve got to keep going.
“The great programs never settle. We’re always looking for that edge. It’s going to help recruiting. It’s going to help player development. We get a lot of guys that are three-and-out, so we’ve got to have space for them to get them developed as quickly as we can so we can get production out of them.”
Fisher’s motivation might have something to do with Clemson’s new $55 million football facility, though he says he doesn’t care what the Tigers have for their program.
“I don’t care what they’ve got,” Fisher said. “I’m worried about what we’ve got. If I don’t think it’s going to make a difference in our program for these kids to develop as people, students and players, I won’t ask. I didn’t grow up with a lot. I was taught if you need it, do what you’ve got to do to be successful but don’t waste. I’m not going to do that. But there’s things you’ve got to have to be successful and that’s the next step, in my opinion.”
Fisher acknowledged that college programs have to spend money to remain among the elite programs.
“People realize it’s not an arms race, it’s a competitive race,” Fisher said. “It’s the cost of doing business if you want to be elite.”
Fisher wants the facility to connect to Florida State’s indoor practice facility next to Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles have been a dominant force in college football under Fisher, and a top-notch facility will only keep the program among the elite in the country.