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Peter Tom Expected Better
Posted May 9, 2008 by Aaron Knox
Updated May 9, 2008 at 01:04 PM
In chatting with Peter Tom Willis on Thursday for a story in today’s Tampa Tribune, you couldn’t help but notice how disappointed he remains in the way his exit from FSU’s radio booth was handled.
Willis was unexpectedly fired last month as FSU’s radio color analyst. The former FSU quarterback, who now calls Valrico home, didn’t see it coming. While the school provided no specific reason, FSU coach Bobby Bowden has said publicly he believed Willis was too critical at times.
“The main thing is that it didn’t have to be handled the way it was handled,’’ Willis said. “Believe me, in the big scheme of things, me not doing the radio anymore is not that big of a deal. I think the world of that university. Having played there, and been a part of that place, it’s just very disappointed how I’ve been treated.
“I do think they got a good guy in William Floyd. I think he will do an excellent job.’’
Willis scoffs at the notion he was too critical of the program.
“What people have to understand is, I love Florida State, and I don’t want to be critical, but at the same time, I can’t sit up there and say things are going great when they aren’t going great,’’ he said. “When we do stuff well, I probably get overly excited. Our fans aren’t crazy. They’re not going to watch what has been happening over the last seven years, and say that’s great offense. It’s not. I’m not going to be the one to sit up there and say it is. If people want to get mad at me for that, they can.’’
Willis has not spoken to Bowden since he was fired, and whether he will in the future remains uncertain. When asked if it was important to him to smooth out whatever differences Bowden may have with him, Willis replied:
“I used to think that way, but I’m not so sure anymore.’’
Here are a couple of extra leftovers:
Q: Will you still come to games at Florida State?
A: “I don’t know if I’ll come up this year, but I’ll definitely come back up. I’m not going to let one or two people run me off from there. I love the place. I love everything about it.’’
Q: Do you have any regrets about the way you did the job?
A: “I’m comfortable with the way I’ve conducted myself over the last 10 years. I’ve apologized for a couple of situations where I have probably used the wrong wording, but other than that, I feel I have nothing to apologize for.’’