Leonard Hamilton, once known as a “program builder”, may be now facing one of the harder jobs of his coaching career. Coming off of a season in which he led his Florida State Seminoles to an ACC Championship over very talented Roy Williams and Coach K coached teams, the FSU Seminoles have fallen flat on their face this season.
In ACC play, FSU is winning games by an average margin of three. They are losing games by an average margin of 19. This means that FSU is taking its losses on the chin, and not being very competitive. In a recent blowout loss to the Miami Hurricanes in Coral Gables, I saw an FSU team do something that I’ve never seen them do during Leonard Hamilton’s tenure at my alma mater. They quit. As much experience as Coach Hamilton and associate Head Coach Stan Jones bring to the table for FSU, it seems as though they just can’t find anything that works for this team.
Granted, the Noles are dealing with significant injuries to key players (Terrance Shannon and Ian Miller). However, without those veterans being able to provide leadership on the floor, FSU does not have the depth and experience to overcome those losses. What this season will do for FSU and Hamilton is provide a significant training ground for the young pups on the Noles roster. Next year, some of the young talent will shine through and they will be able to draw upon some of their experiences from this season. But as of now, this season is virtually a wash for the Seminoles; and a major step back for a program who was in basketball glory just one year ago.