FSU's Fisher cuts four assistants loose

Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Former Florida State star tailback Dexter Carter is among four Bobby Bowden assistant coaches not being retained after the Gator Bowl.

Incoming head coach Jimbo Fisher is cleaning house after the Jan. 1 game.

Carter, the Seminoles' running backs coach the last three seasons, is out along with longtime Bowden assistant and former North Carolina State coach Chuck Amato, strength coach Todd Stroud and defensive ends coach Jody Allen.

"Life goes on," said Carter, who starred for the Seminoles in the late 1980's and was a first round draft choice by the San Francisco 49ers.

Carter, 42, said he was not given a reason why he was being let go by Fisher, who is still in negotiations with the university on a contract as head coach.

"He doesn't have to give me a reason and he didn't," Carter said.

Bowden, speaking at a Gator Bowl reception in Jacksonville, said he expected all four coaches to stick around for the bowl game.

Unless Fisher makes more changes, he will be keeping receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey, recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach James Coley, defensive line coach Odell Haggins and offensive line coach Rick Trickett. Dawsey and Haggins also played for the Seminoles.

Amato, 63, spent 21 seasons with Bowden, including the last three after being fired by as head coach by his North Carolina State alma mater after a 3-9 season in 2006.

Stroud, a noseguard for Bowden between 1983-85, had been strength coach for three years while Allen had been with the Seminoles the past 10 seasons.

GATOR BOWL ADDS EXTRA SEATS FOR BOWDEN FINALE: The Gator Bowl is adding extra seats for Bobby Bowden's finale.

Two days after the bowl announced a sellout for its Jan. 1 game between Florida State and No. 18 West Virginia, organizers decided to add temporary bleachers -- much like the city does for the annual Florida-Georgia game at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

The bleachers will provide an extra 6,000 seats, with the tickets getting split evenly between the schools.

The extra seats will increase stadium capacity to 83,500.