Assistants Mark Stoops, D.J. Eliot and Eddie Gran passed along their regards as they walked out the door for other coaching jobs. (Technically, neither has had to formally said goodbye just yet. They each are back on campus this week to help FSU prepare for the Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois).
But they aren't the only ones who are leaving FSU. Also gone is a man most Seminoles fans may not have been all that familiar with, but he was one of the key behind the scenes movers and shakers who helped the program turn itself around the last three seasons.
Joining Stoops and Eliot at Kentucky is Erik Korem, the Seminoles' now former director of football operations and sports science manager. It was under Korem -- with head coach Jimbo Fisher's direction -- that FSU players changed their diets and eating habits. In his role, Korem also helped the Seminoles pioneer new sports science technology that has helped monitor player circulation and respiration, in an effort to limit injuries and respond to adequately and quickly to them when they occur.
"He did a great job here," Fisher said. "He got a great deal. He was making $85,000 here, now he's making $240,000 there."
At Kentucky, Korem has moved into the role of high performance coach. In Fisher's role, that position heads up all of strength and conditioning and athlete training.
Prior to coming to FSU in 2010 as part of the strength and conditioning staff, Korem was an assistant strength and conditioning coach and professor at Mississippi State. He also worked at the University of the Pacific and Fort Valley State in the early stages of his career. During the 2008 Olympics, he also was a speed development consultant for American 100 meter sprinter Tyson Gay.
"It's a great advancement for him and a great chance," Fisher said.
As for Korem's replacement: "We'll take our time and pick the right guy," Fisher added.
In recent weeks, linebackers coach Greg Hudson's name has popped up as a likely candidate to be moved into the new position. It had been rumored so often that it appeared to be fact. The mention even briefly made it on the Chopping Block.
Fisher said that couldn't be further from the truth.
"He's staying right now; he's our linebackers coach," Fisher said when pressed about Hudson. "Everything's going through right now. He's going through this game. And he continues to be our linebackers coach through the Orange Bowl. He'll do that."
Over the weekend, Seminoles safety Karlos Williams, who moved to linebacker the week of the championship game due to a few logistical personnel changes, credited Hudson with his 11-tackle performance.
"Coach Hud, I give him all the credit, because all week in practice, it was him and Coach Eliot on me about being where I was supposed to be, playing the pass right because the run was going to come at me. Playing my keys," Williams said. "Coach Eliot and Coach Hud, they get all the credit."
Williams also had a crucial interception and return that iced the game in the closing minute.