Florida State football enjoyed immense success on the field under then head coach Jimbo Fisher, but that success seems to have come at the expense of academic success in the program. Per Wayne McGahee of the Tallahassee Democrat, Florida State had one of the worst Graduation Success Rates in all of college football under Jimbo Fisher:
"FSU has a graduation success rate of 60 for players that were brought in as first-year players on scholarship in 2012. The Seminoles are 129th out of 130 FBS teams in Graduation Success Rate, according to data released by the NCAA. FSU is 238th out of 253 teams at the Division I level for football...The only FBS program to finish behind FSU was Oklahoma State at 54. The average GSR for a football program was 78." - Wayne McGahee, Tallahassee Democrat
Jimbo Fisher left the program for Texas A&M at the end of the 2017 season. It remains to be seen what academic success head coach Willie Taggart brings to the program, as the GSR requires a six year window to determine scores.