Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday that he empathizes with Mark Dantonio and Michigan State as they weather a disappointing 2016 season.
Fisher was asked about the struggles of recent powerhouses Michigan State and Oregon.
You have no idea. In recruiting, you don’t want to go there, they have got good players; you want to play for a while, you do this, do you that. And then even from within, you don’t get complacent, but, well, you expect to win.
Or like I tell our kids, each year, you commit and we expect to win here but you’ve got to go do it. Coaches, we’ve got to do it every year. You can’t take nothing for granted. I mean, all those things.
Michigan State is 2-7 on the season and 0-6 in Big Ten play.
Later in his press conference, Fisher, who is 74-17 in seven seasons at Florida State, said he knows how difficult it is to be an elite team year after year.
It’s hard. Extremely hard. You’re right, I didn’t even think of those programs you named there. I guess, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Oregon — all those — I haven’t kept up. Again I keep up but I don’t keep up.
And Mark Dantonio is still a phenomenal football coach, Mark Helfrich, Brian Kelly, all those guys. They didn’t lose their knowledge of what goes on. Just how hard it is to persevere and win.