You may have noticed the lack of updates lately, that's partially because I took a week off and partially because Florida State's football team hasn't practiced since the ACC Championship Game.
Instead, after heading home from Charlotte with a conference title, the Seminoles took some time off to recuperate and take their finals. On Friday they got back out on the practice field for the first time in ten days.
"Fun to get back to practice," said Jimbo Fisher. "Exams are over, [players] should be happy, so we're ready to roll."
There's plenty on Fisher's plate between now and the Orange Bowl on January 1st.
Mark Stoops is taking a couple of assistants with him to Kentucky and though they will assist with the bowl prep, for recruiting purposes and stability Fisher is working to finalize his coaching staff for next season in addition to prepping his team for the bowl game and putting in work on the recruiting trail.
While the team had ten days off, Fisher was hard at work.
"I'm about done," said Fisher. "I've had a great week, I know exactly what we're going to do and how we're going to do it and I've known the whole time."
Unfotunately Florida State isn't about to make any announcements on their decisions just yet, but Fisher has maintained all season that he keeps a running short-list of replacement coaches and, at least according to him, he's already made most of his staffing determinations.
A few other quick notes:
-Dameyune Craig, who was linked to Auburn by some reports, will be staying at Florida State. DJ Eliot will be heading to Kentucky with Stoops though and Eddie Gran will be the offensive coordinator at Cincinnati next season. Fisher has not listed a time-table for naming replacements but was quick to point out that FSU was one of just three schools in the entire nation that retained its entire coaching staff from 2011 to 2012.
-All three departing assistants will be back in town on Sunday to help Florida State with some of its bowl preparation, though Fisher compared the first few practices back from the break to more of fundamental refresher than as legitimate game prep.
-Bjoern Werner had the line of the day when he spoke about the awesome irony of being a German-born All-American.
-Karlos Williams, who played two weeks ago for the injured Nick Moody and lead the team in tackles, was unsure where he would be lining up from here on out. The sophomore has been a safety for almost two seasons at FSU but played his best game at linebacker in the ACC Championship Game. He has the size and athleticism to play either.
I'll be back tomorrow with a couple features and another practice report.