TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — There could have been a number of topics that took center stage during coach Jimbo Fisher’s Monday press conference.
One could have been the pride that came with defeating arch rival Florida last weekend for the fifth consecutive time — the longest such string of success for the Seminoles in the history of the series.
Another could be focusing on the upcoming game against Louisiana-Monroe. A win over the Warhawks would give the Seminoles a chance to become bowl eligible for the 36th consecutive season — which is the longest current streak in the country.
However, the main focus in the room was on Fisher’s future and whether or not this weekend’s game will be his last as the Seminoles head coach.
That’s because multiple reports have surfaced that Texas A&M has targeted Fisher after firing Kevin Sumlin on Sunday. According to Josh Newberg of Noles247, the Aggies have made an offer to Fisher with the annual compensation in the vicinity of $7 million per year.
During Monday’s press conference, Fisher, as he has been throughout the last few weeks, was non-committal about his future. First, he was asked about what he tells his current players about the speculation.
Jimbo Fisher on what he tells FSU players amid coaching rumors: “I’m here coaching you right now.”
Then when asked again about rumor: “I’m not going to speak about jobs right now.” #Noles
— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) November 27, 2017
“I’m here coaching you right now,” Fisher said.
When he was pressed on what he would tell the fans about his future, he didn’t budge.
“I’m not going to speak about jobs right now.”
Fisher did elaborate on the coaching profession later in the presser after he was told that he had beaten 4 different head coaches at Florida during his tenure in Tallahassee. As he reflected on that, he opened up on why so many changes are being made across the country.
“Wow. How scary it is,” Fisher said. “How unstable everything in our profession is because of the dollars that are in it. The people that are in it. The insecurity that is in it. The instant gratification that everyone wants. It’s made this business very turbulent. There’s a lot of turmoil in it. That’s for sure. You see it this year. How many jobs are open this year? A lot of big jobs.”
Sources w/knowledge of TAMU search process tell me Jimbo-Fisher has a deal to be next Head Coach @AggieFootball .Fisher will coach 1 final game at FSU but not Bowl game should they become eligible. I'm told his TAMU contract will be at least 5 yrs/7.5 million per year. @KPRC2
— Randy McIlvoy (@RandyMcIlvoy) November 26, 2017
This is not the first time Fisher’s name has been thrown around as a candidate for another job.
After the 2013 season, his name was associated with the Texas opening that eventually went to Charlie Strong.
Over the last two seasons, LSU was linked heavily with Fisher. After the 2015 season, the Tigers kept then-coach Les Miles. Last year, they ended up hiring interim coach Ed Orgeron.
Still, the atmosphere around the program is a little different this time around.
There’s no ACC title game this weekend and the program will not have a chance to win 10 games for the first time since the 2011 season.
The program is in the midst of its worst season on the field since 2009 when the Seminoles went 7-6. That offseason coincided with the transition from then coach Bobby Bowden to Fisher, who was the team’s offensive coordinator and coach in waiting.
2015: LSU to fire Les Miles after Texas A&M game, win or lose. Jimbo Fisher top target for Tigers.
2017: Texas A&M to fire Kevin Sumlin after LSU game, win or lose. Jimbo Fisher top target for Aggies.
— Adam Silverstein (@SilversteinAdam) November 22, 2017
Similarly, if Fisher were to stay at FSU, it’s likely his coaching staff would have to be overhauled.
That’s why the timing for him to leave seems appropriate if he was serious about departing Tallahassee.
Regardless of how this plays out, the future in Tallahassee appears to be cloudy at best.
The recruiting class is likely to go through its share changes, whether Fisher changes up his staff or if the Seminoles have to hire a new coach and undergo a transition.
We asked @finebaum on his educated guess on Jimbo Fisher… "I think the marriage at Florida State is over and I believe he'll go to Texas A&M."
— Jorge Sedano (@SedanoESPN) November 27, 2017
He was also asked about the affects this situation could have on recruiting, and his answer and tone were similar to his message all along.
“No. We’ve recruited very well since I’ve been here, haven’t we?”
Like the Seminoles 2017 season, the next few days are setting up to be a roller coaster ride for Seminoles fans waiting on Fisher’s decision.
Once the news comes down, the question becomes whether things will eventually calm down if he stays or if the program is headed for another ride in finding his replacement.
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