Florida State Pushing Jimbo Fisher To Make Decision On Future

Florida State is urging Jimbo Fisher to decide whether he will remain FSU’s football coach beyond this season or accept a lucrative offer from Texas A&M, according to a report from ESPN.

Fisher is considered Texas A&M’s top target to replace former head coach Kevin Sumlin, who was fired over the weekend.

This thinking around Florida State is that Fisher, who led FSU to the 2013 national championship and three ACC titles, is expected to leave his post for the Texas A&M and that they have begun exploring for his replacement.

Fisher was hopeful to make his formal decision after Saturday’s regular-season finale against Louisiana Monroe.

The Aggies are prepared to make Fisher one of college football’s three highest-paid coaches with an annual salary of more than $7 million which would put Fisher behind only Nick Saban and ahead Clemson’s Dabo Swinney.

According to ESPN’s report, Texas A&M’s board of regents is scheduled to meet Thursday, when it could approve a contract offer for Fisher to become the university’s new coach.

Should Fisher leave the school, he would owe about $5 million.

Fisher, who signed a contract extension with Florida State in December of 2016, has grown frustrated with the school who he believes provides inadequate facilities, putting the Seminoles on an uneven playing field with Clemson and other SEC schools.

“And those things are a major, major deal. Unfortunately, in this business, when you get into the facilities business, you’re never out of it. You’re never out of development,” Fisher said earlier this season. “Your company can never quit growing. Whether it’s that or behind-the-scenes things, support staff, all that can never happen. It can never go away.

“If it does, people fly by you like crazy. And there’s numerous examples across this country. If you don’t understand that, you’re missing the boat. Now, it all has to be relative to what you can do, when you can do it and everything else. But at the same time, if you don’t, it can pass you by very, very quickly.”

Oregon’s Willie Taggart, Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente and South Florida’s Charlie Strong are names to watch to fill Fisher’s shoes at FSU should he leave for Texas A&M.

Anthony DiMoro is a sports writer, podcast host, reporter and founder of DiMoro Sports. Anthony is also the founder of Sports Rants, CEO of Elite Rank Media and sports contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post