Jimbo Fisher with the hard truth: 'The world doesn't care'
Jimbo Fisher has been helping quarterback EJ Manuel learn a difficult lesson this season.
"The world doesn't care," Fisher said Sunday after the Seminoles practice.
Manuel's mother Jackie is receiving chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer, a fact Manuel has tried to keep from the public throughout the season, Fisher said.
"He didn't want excuses," Fisher said.
Manuel's mother attended the Florida game for Parents' Day, and Manuel committed four turnovers in a loss to the Gators.
"It all culminated," Fisher said. "His mama wasn't supposed to come to the Florida game, and she walked out there on the field and he hadn't seen her in eight weeks and she looked a lot different."
Dealing with his mother's illness will help Manuel throughout his life, and it illustrates a lesson all coaches and players have to learn, Fisher believes.
"Unfortunately, the world doesn't care. As athletes and people, you have to move on, you have to do things and you have to deal with situations in your life that are very tough," Fisher said. "Hopefully, it'll be a lesson he can learn and his mom will be OK, which I think she will be."
Fisher also is trying to help his seniors deal with much less significant emotions but emotions that could affect the Orange Bowl nonetheless. The Seminoles seniors will hold their final practice today before Tuesday's game.
"Every emotion you have to senior day or your last practice is the opposite of what helps you play good," he said. "You don't want those feelings. You think about this when it's all over."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to email@example.com