NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Jimbo Fisher realizes there is more work to be done.
Less than 12 hours after a thrilling, come-from-behind 34-31 victory over Auburn on Monday night in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., the Florida State coach was focused on the future.
“You take winning for granted,” Fisher said Tuesday at a hotel where he was presented with three more championship trophies in addition to the BCS crystal football. “That’s going to be our challenge now. How hungry can you stay?”
Fisher revealed he banished redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner, from the team’s final practice in Florida before its trip to California because he felt Winston wasn’t in the right mindset during two-minute drills.
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Fisher said Winston argued his case, but in the end the 48-year-old coach made the call.
“We had some points and he had some points, so it’s good to be king,” Fisher said. “He’ll be the king one day. When he’s in pro ball, he might have thrown the coach out.”
McCarron’s mom mocks Winston
PASADENA, Calif. — Dee Dee McCarron, the mother of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, apologized Tuesday after posting a tweet making fun of Winston’s diction.
McCarron typed, “Am I listening to English?” while Winston was speaking at a news conference after the BCS title game.
Winston posted a rebuttal: “For the people that criticize the way that I talk this is for y’all. The Florida State Seminoles are national champions! That is all.”
McCarron is white and Winston is black.
“Any1 that knows our family knows we r far from racist,” she tweeted. “My tweet was not in anyway meant that way. I sincerely apologize if it offended any1.”
• Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel will announce his future plans Wednesday, ESPN reported. He’s widely expected to declare for the NFL draft.
• The BCS title game was watched by an average of 25.6 million viewers on ESPN, down 3 percent from the 26.4 million for Alabama’s 42-14 rout of Notre Dame a year earlier. The audience for Monday’s game was the lowest for a BCS title game since 2005, when USC outscored Oklahoma 55-19.
• A billionaire donor to Texas said the hire of ex-Louisville coach Charlie Strong to replace Mack Brown was like a “kick in the face.”
Red McCombs, who has donated millions to the university, publicly lobbied for the Longhorns to hire ex-NFL coach Jon Gruden.
“I think it is a kick in the face,” McCombs told a San Antonio radio station. “Beyond the fact of what actually happened. We have boosters that have a lot of knowledge about the game.”
• Louisville is searching for Strong’s successor and reportedly interviewed Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino, who guided Louisville from 2003 through the 2006 season.
• Players who announced they are leaving school early to make themselves eligible for the NFL draft include Missouri RB Henry Josey, Auburn OT Greg Robinson and Ball State WR Willie Snead.
Compiled from The Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post and The Associated Press.