Florida State football: Seminoles eager for a return to normalcy after Hurricane Irma – NCAA.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is familiar with hurricanes wreaking havoc on a football schedule.
Fisher was LSU’s offensive coordinator in 2005 when three games were rescheduled due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. No. 11 Florida State is in the middle of a three-week idle stretch due to Hurricane Irma. The Seminoles’ Sept. 9 game against Louisiana-Monroe was canceled and the contest against No. 17 Miami was moved from Saturday to Oct 7.
With players and their families safe and accounted for, Fisher has tried to make this week’s routine as normal as possible despite classes not being held. The Seminoles practiced for the first time since the storm on Tuesday and will go until Friday.
Florida State will have the weekend off and resume practices on Monday in preparation for its Sept. 23 game against North Carolina State.
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The biggest difference between what Fisher dealt with at LSU and in Tallahassee is that the Tigers didn’t have two consecutive games moved and that the longest time between games was two weeks. By the time the Seminoles face the Wolfpack, it will have been 20 days between that game and the 24-7 loss to top-ranked Alabama on Sept. 2 in Atlanta.
“Not many people get to go through two of them like that,” said Fisher of having to adjust things. “As far as the impact of distractions and things like that, it is very similar to LSU.”
Safety Derwin James said it almost feels like preseason camp because classes are not in session and the Seminoles have played just one game.
We’re coming home on 9/23.
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“We’re getting to focus on things that normally