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Jimbo Fisher boasts about ACC being the best

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We love hype and hyperbole that builds up to the college football season and conference media days are perfect for this. On Thursday, FSU boss Jimbo Fisher did not disappoint in “throwing down the gauntlet” on behalf of the ACC.

Backed with ammo of Clemson having won the national title last year and FSU having won one four years ago (both head to head against SEC foes), plus two of the last four Heisman winners, Fisher led the charge in Charlotte.

Here’s a clip of what he had to say during one of the media sessions:

When you consider that FSU and Clemson have made the first three College Football Playoffs, Louisville has the reigning Heisman winner (Lamar Jackson), and the ACC has won the Orange Bowl game five straight times, there’s even more merit.

But, here’s another truth, too: the conference has to be more than just FSU and Clemson duking it out for national relevance.

Part of that occurred a year ago when the Cardinals demolished FSU and put more points on the board than any opponent in previous history. That game paved the way for Lamar Jackson’s Heisman win, but Louisville also faltered badly being blown out by Houston and LSU in their bowl game with a devastating collapse to rival Kentucky sandwiched in between.

The UNC Tarheels behind QB Mitchell Trubisky also stunned FSU at Doak Campbell in October, but also got humbled by VA Tech the next week and had losses to rivals Duke and NC State. Then, also lost to Stanford in their bowl game finishing 8-5.

And finally, the Miami Hurricanes are still trying to work their way back under Mark Richt. His first year started with four wins, but then, incurred four straight losses. Now, they did turn it around winning the final four ACC games and wiping out West Virginia in the bowl game for a 9-4 finish. Still, they weren’t relevant on the national landscape by mid-October. And the Canes record against FSU and Clemson the last three years is 0-4.

So when the conference wants to brag, and there are facts and trophies behind them, you get to air it out:

And Jimbo’s FSU team has won six straight against the SEC including their title win over Auburn in 2013. So, he has reason to boast in July.

But the Noles and Tigers can’t be the only ones doing damage.

And for Florida State, Alabama looms on September 2nd in Atlanta and no amount of talking will help in that battle.

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FSU released Mike Norvell’s assistant coach’s salary info

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New FSU coach Mike Norvell is full speed ahead in every aspect of his program, including finalizing his coaching staff. And, he and the athletic department are making sure that his coaches are more than competitively compensated for his first season.

The Tallahassee Democrat obtained coaching salary information for seven of the eight assistants that Norvell has agreed with. According to their reporting, seven coaches have signed a “letter of understanding” in lieu of later actual contract and it details their compensation amounts:

First, Norvell agreed to a six year deal in December to take over in Tallahassee and it will average just over $4.4 million over the life of the deal. He also received an assistant pool from the school of $5.25 million.

On the breakdown, Norvell’s highest paid assistant will be defensive coordinator, Adam Fuller, who is slated to make $800,000 this season after coming to the Noles with Norvell from Memphis

Norvell will pay FSU’s new offensive coordinator, Kenny Dillingham, who was at Auburn a year ago, but was previously the offensive coordinator at Memphis with Norvell before that, $625,000. And, special teams coordinator John Papuchis will earn $550,000 this season.

The paper also learn the three other position coaches are also going to be making half a million dollars each. Interestingly, defensive line coach Odell Haggins has an existing salary a $482,000 and is being retained by Norvell. One would have to believe with the job that Haggins did, once again as the interim head coach for the final three games of the season and FSU’s bowl game, if you’ll receive some type of raise.

Receivers Coach Ron Dugans was also retained by Norvell and his compensation is slated to be $450,000 for this season, unless Norvell, chooses to give him as raise, too.

The only salary exception is defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson, who has been reportedly hired this past week, but not officially announced by the school. And, FSU obviously does not have a letter of understanding with Woodson, like the others do.

Norvell has taken over the Seminoles after leading the Memphis Tigers to their most successful season in their history at 12 – 1, including an American Conference Championship game win over Cincinnati. That earned them a berth in the Cotton Bowl.

Norvell did not return to coach that game is Penn State defeated them on New Year’s Day.

His previous salary was  just over $2.5 million with incentives at Memphis.

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ACC releases FSU and Miami dates for 2020 opponents

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The Atlantic Coast Conference released their conference schedule for 2020 on Wednesday morning, and we now know the opponents and the order of conference games for the Seminoles and the Hurricanes.

First, for Miami. They already knew that they were opening the pre-conference schedule with Temple at home on Saturday, September 5th, and there toughest early test will likely be at Michigan State three Saturdays later.

Now, the ACC revealed the Canes will begin the conference season on October 3rd with a game at Hard Rock stadium against Pitt.

Miami will play their only non-Saturday ACC game six days later on a Friday night in Winston-Salem, NC, against Wake Forest.

Miami also has home games with North Carolina and then the Seminoles, which comes on November 7th. The Hurricanes will also play at Virginia, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech before finishing the season on Saturday November 28th back at home vs. Duke.

As for the Seminoles, they come off of a loaded pre-conference season where they are playing West Virginia in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend Saturday September 5th. And, they are playing at Boise State in the return game for last year’s upset loss on September 19th in Idaho.

FSU learned Wednesday, that they will open at NC State on Saturday October 3rd. The Noles and first year coach Mike Norvell, then get four time defending champion Clemson, as their second ACC opponent the following week in Tallahassee.

Then, they also host Wake Forest on October 17th. FSU’s remaining road games are at Louisville, Miami and Syracuse. The game against the Orange will be on Thursday night November 19th.

Florida State’s final ACC home game will be with Boston College on the previous Saturday, November 14th.

As part of the ACC schedule release, UCF learned that they will be playing Friday night September 4th in their home opener with North Carolina. That game to be televised nationally by ESPN.

The Knights already knew that they would be playing Georgia Tech in the pre-conference schedule on September 19th in Atlanta.

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