The nation was shocked in the first half of Monday’s BCS National Championship Game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Auburn Tigers. Coming in as heavy, double-digit favorites, the ‘Noles got punched in the mouth in the first 30 minutes by the Tigers of the SEC. They were down big, 21-3 early, and went into the half down 21-10 after a late touchdown.
Aside from the fact that Auburn was one of the most consistently improving teams in 2013, how did this happen?
Well, head coach Jimbo Fisher believes that it’s also because Auburn knew what was coming from an old friend that happened to be on the Tigers sideline.
“They had a couple of our signals a couple times and were getting to them,” said Fisher on Monday. “That happens, people do it, and that’s our fault. You’ve got to change them, constantly rotate them, being able to get them in different ways. That’s part of the game. I don’t have a problem with that.”
While not calling him out specifically, Fisher is referencing Auburn co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, Dameyune Craig, who also helped recruit Jameis Winston to FSU.
Also, according to Bud Elliott of Tomahawk Nation, FSU wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin–who ended up becoming one of the heroes of the game– could clearly be heard on the sidelines in the first half screaming to Fisher, “Dameyune calling all the plays.”
While if you look on twitter the majority of the FSU fan base is livid at learning of this, this is move that has been pulled by coaches on their former teams since the dawning of the game of football. Smart move by Craig that almost helped cap Auburn’s miracle season with a national championship.