Jimbo Fisher was still livid at two penalties that helped fuel Florida State's 37-34 home loss Saturday night against Clemson.
UPDATE, 5 p.m. Sunday: The ACC publicly reprimanded Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and fined the program $20,000 following his officiating comments about Saturday night's game. The league announced the punishment Sunday and said it will have no further comment on the matter.
My original story is below.
TALLAHASSEE - Coach Jimbo Fisher was still livid at two penalties that helped fuel Florida State's 37-34 home loss Saturday night against Clemson.
In the fourth quarter, fullback Freddie Stevenson was called for an illegal block that negated a long Dalvin Cook rush.
"It's ridiculous," Fisher said after the game. "It's not a chop. It was not a chop. I'm going to tell you what. You hold coaches accountable, players accountable, hold the damn officials accountable. It's garbage..."
Fisher argued the penalty at the time, and he wasn't happy when someone on FSU's sideline was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct afterward. He said after the game that that call was "even more garbage."
"Cowardly," Fisher said. "Gutless and wrong. Take it, fine it, do whatever they want to do with it. That's a fact. Look at the film. It's ridiculous." …
UPDATE, 4:30: Florida Gators running back Mark Thompson was cited for marijuana possession (less than 20 grams), according to Alachua County court records.
Thompson was pulled over early Thursday morning for failing to stop at a stop sign, and a University of Florida Police Department officer smelled marijuana during the stop, according to an incident report. Thompson admitted that marijuana found in the car was his, according to the report.
Arraignment in the case is scheduled for Nov. 17.
The original story on his suspension for Saturday's Florida-Georgia game is below:
The Florida Gators will be without running back Mark Thompson against Georgia on Saturday "due to some choices and decisions he's made," the program announced Friday morning. That's typical Jim McElwain language for "suspended."
Mark Thompson will not be making the trip to Jacksonville due to some choices and decisions he's made. #Gators
Thompson, a juco transfer, is UF's third-leading rusher with 252 yards on 57 carries. His two rushing touchdowns trail only Jordan Scarlett, and Thompson has started three games this season. Thompson is listed at 6-foot-2, 228 pounds and is Gators' biggest back. …
Coach Jimbo Fisher was asked this week about the possibility of a two-loss team getting in.
Saturday's primetime, nationally televised matchup between No. 3 Clemson and No. 12 Florida State isn't as big as I thought it'd be. The Seminoles' two losses made sure of that.
But it's still pretty big. Clemson hasn't dominated this season but remains undefeated. I have the Tigers in my final four. That means this game will still have an impact on who comes to Tampa for the Jan. 9 national title game.
So what about FSU? Do the ‘Noles have any shot, at all, of sneaking into the College Football Playoff?
Coach Jimbo Fisher was asked this week about the possibility of a two-loss team getting in. Here's his response:
"Anything can happen. (If) you can figure out college football right now, tell me. I mean, you're not going to. We're in a crazy time right now. You don't know what's going to happen. But no, I don't see that. I could see it happening, I could see it not happening. It wouldn't surprise me a lick. …
No. 12 Florida State will be without wide receiver Jesus Wilson in Saturday's primetime matchup against No. 3 Clemson, coach Jimbo Fisher announced Thursday.
Wilson did not practice this week after injuring his foot two weeks ago against Wake Forest. Wilson's 133 career receptions are 10th in school history, and he ranks third this season with 30 catches for 390 yards.
With Wilson out, Nyqwan Murray and Wharton High product Auden Tate will likely see more playing time.
Star safety Derwin James officially remains "out indefinitely" on the Seminoles' injury report. He is not expected to play Saturday.
Florida State star safety Derwin James is continuing to progress from a left knee injury, but there is still no timetable for his return.
Coach Jimbo Fisher said James' torn meniscus can't be evaluated with an MRI, so it's hard to gauge his status. During his weekly Monday news conference, Fisher didn't sound optimistic that James would return for Saturday's big, primetime game against No. 3 Clemson.
James has been out since he injured his knee in Week 2 against Charleston Southern. He had surgery six weeks ago to repair the cartilage, and Fisher said then that James would likely miss 5-7 weeks.
James wasn't on the FSU depth chart released Monday.
The top name to replace him seems to be former Bucs assistant Jeff Tedford. I use the term "former Bucs assistant" loosely. Tedford was hired to be Lovie Smith's offensive coordinator before the 2014 season but had health problems and never got to call plays for the team. His departure opened the way for the Bucs to hire Dirk Koetter as their offensive coordinator the next season.
Another name that has been mentioned for the Bulldogs' head coaching job: Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
Nussmeier was a candidate for the Southern Miss job last year and seems destined to become a head coach, sooner or later. He was Fresno State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2008. …
When McElwain first took over the program, he joked (I think) that he had to convince some schools that he was in fact the Gators' new head coach. Now? There's some buzz around a program ranked No. 14 nationally. …
The Florida Gators' Jim McElwain might be a candidate at Texas.
This, obviously, is pure speculation. The Longhorns still have a coach (Charlie Strong). For all we know, Texas will win out, finish 9-3 and somehow win a wild Big 12. Unlikely, sure, but possible.
If Texas fires Strong, the obvious hire is Houston's Tom Herman. But if that doesn't work out, Wolken expects McElwain, Larry Fedora (UNC), Chris Petersen (Washington) and Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss) to be among the potential candidates.
So that's a lot of ifs to go with the speculation. But it's educated speculation; Wolken broke the story that UF was hiring Scott Stricklin as its new AD, so he knows what he's talking about.
For what it's worth, I don't expect McElwain to be in the mix. He got a contract extension from UF seven months ago to become the highest paid coach in the SEC East. The Gators have announced plans to build a new stand-alone football complex - McElwain is involved in that. …
In a span of three weeks, the Miami Hurricanes have fallen from No. 10 in the country to 4-3 and likely out of the ACC Coastal Division race. That's what three consecutive losses will do to you. It's also what happens after the ‘Canes play Florida State.
Miami plays at Virginia Tech in a big ACC Coastal game tonight...in a battle between a pair of 4-2, unranked teams. That says something about the division, which continues to be the little brother to the Atlantic (home to Clemson, Louisville and Florida State).
It also got me thinking about another overlooked, mediocre division. The SEC East. Maybe Florida's ugly 40-14 win over Missouri is still fresh in my mind.
So, I wonder, which division is worse: The SEC East or the ACC Coastal?
Here's a breakdown of their Sagarin ratings (an imperfect but solid set of numbers designed to rank every team in the country):
SEC East Florida: 16 Tennessee: 21 Georgia: 50 Missouri: 57 Vanderbilt: 68 Kentucky: 76 South Carolina: 77 Average: 52
Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, Miami Hurricanes and UCF Knights fans, welcome to the Sunshine State blog for all your news about your favorite college teams. It's written by the staff of the Tampa Bay Times. We invite your comments and participation.