Jimbo Fisher reflects on time at Auburn, says he 'cut my teeth' on Terry Bowden's staff

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 1, 2014 

ANAHEIM, Calif. — In his first year as an assistant at the Division I level, Jimbo Fisher went undefeated. Twenty years later, he has the chance to complete another unbeaten campaign if his Florida State squad can beat Auburn.

Even with so much riding on Monday night’s BCS title game, Fisher admits he still thinks back to that 1993 season spent on Terry Bowden’s Auburn staff.

“It's kind of ironic that I cut my teeth at Auburn in true Division I football,” he said. “The first year we go undefeated. That '93 team came in and went undefeated wire-to-wire and played some great games that year.”

It was a far cry from his previous stop, where he served in as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Samford.

“We had great success at Samford, but when you went Division I at that level in the SEC, Division I football is a different deal,” he said. “We all just put our nose down and worked, and it's amazing the success we had. Great times, great friends, an as I say, it's where I really cut my teeth. … In that state of Alabama, you'd better know how to recruit and know how to handle your business, because it is a great football state.”

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