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Amato using Florida pipeline to stock D

Originally Published: September 30, 2004
By Doug Carlson | Special to ESPN.com

Chuck Amato was paying attention during his 18 seasons as a defensive assistant at Florida State.

He regularly attended offensive staff meetings and sought information on how Bobby Bowden performed the tasks related to being a head coach.

But it didn't take clever discernment or volunteering in other departments to see why the Seminoles were playing for national titles in four of Amato's last seven seasons in Tallahassee.

"Everything started with defense," Amato said. "And with ...

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