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Football staff diversified in more ways than one

On the eve of the Emerald Bowl last month, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden was asked if he planned to hire a minority as he re-made his offensive staff.

By BRIAN LANDMAN
Published January 18, 2007


On the eve of the Emerald Bowl last month, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden was asked if he planned to hire a minority as he re-made his offensive staff.

"Yes, I am going to want to," he said, "and I will."

With the additions of receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey and running backs coach Dexter Carter, Bowden's full-time staff is as diversified as it has ever been. For the past two years, the lone African-American on full-time has been Odell Haggins.

Athletic director Dave Hart said the new staff brings another kind of diversity that he believes is just as needed and just as appropriate.

"We have a great blend of expertise and experience with youth and exuberance," he said, referring to Dawsey and Carter, both of whom are 39, and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jimbo Fisher, who is 41.

"And with having three of our own now, Odell and the two former players Dawsey and Carter, I'm very, very pleased, and I know how pleased Bobby is."

Bowl game

Standout offensive tackle Mario Henderson gets another chance to impress NFL scouts in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game at Houston's Reliant Stadium. It will be televised on ESPN2 at 4 p.m.

Honoring the past

Before Saturday's home game against Miami, Florida State will recognize its most successful men's basketball team, the 1972 group that reached the NCAA championship game where it lost to UCLA.

The Seminoles also will honor that team's coach, Hugh Durham, a former standout player, by hanging his jersey.

Durham's No. 25 won't be retired, so Jason Rich won't be looking for a new one. The school also plans to recognize Lenny Hall, the school's first African-American player in 1966.

National team duty

Senior India Trotter, who led the Seminoles to the national soccer semifinals for a second straight year, has signed a contract with the U.S. national team and has been named to the 20-player roster for the 2007 Four Nations Tournament this month in China.Money matters

Not to be crass, but revamping the offensive staff (tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator John Lilly is the lone holdover) came at a big price increase. How much? Looking at the approximate base pay numbers, try about 22 percent. That doesn't take into account that Fisher and Rick Trickett have three-year, not one-year, deals as had been the FSU rule.

Offensive staff changes

Coach (Pos.) 2006 Coach (Pos.) 2007

Jeff Bowden (OC/WRs) $141,000 Jimbo Fisher (OC/QBs) $215,000

Mark McHale (OL) $141,500 Rick Trickett (OL) $200,000

Billy Sexton (RBs) $137,000 Dexter Carter (RBs) $130,000

Daryl Dickey (QBs) $131,400 Lawrence Dawsey (WRs) $125,000

Totals $550,900 $670,000