Florida State Seminoles Head Coach Jimbo Fisher Resigns, Accepts Job at Texas A&M
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Assistant Editor // December 1, 2017
83 wins at FSU, 2013 National Champions
ABOVE VIDEO: Back in May, Space Coast Daily’s Alan Zlotorzynski had an opportunity to speak with former FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher at the Brevard Seminole Club’s reception and dinner at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. Fisher spoke about Brevard County and the potential for the 2017 season, which the Seminoles are 5-5 and need a win on Saturday to be bowl eligible. Ironically, Fisher also discussed “his future” in Tallahassee.
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA— According to published reports, five days of rumors and speculation came to an end Friday morning as Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher resigned to accept the head coaching job at Texas A&M University.
Adding to this weeks drama are several published reports, one from Bud Elliott of Tomahawk Nation, who reported that several players, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said they no longer trust Fisher and would transfer if he returned to the sideline.
Florida State (5-6) plays their final regular season game on Saturday against University of Louisiana-Monroe, a rescheduled game after Hurricane Irma in September, the Seminoles must win to become bowl eligible.
The Noles’ season started ugly, and took a turn for the worse when starting quarterback Deandrea Francois was lost for the year with a knee injury in the opening game against Alabama which ended in a 24-7 loss.
FSU dropped three of their first four games with losses to NC State and Miami, the first ever defeat the Seminoles suffered to the Hurricanes under Fisher.
Despite the loss to Miami, Fisher and his Noles have dominated the state of Florida by posting a record of 18-2 against teams from the Sunshine State, including a combined 14-2 against the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes.
With a overall record of 83-23 (.783), Fisher owns the fourth-highest winning percentage of any active head coach with a minimum of five years on the sidelines. Fisher’s 83 wins are the third-most in college football since 2010.
The West Virginian native guided FSU to three ACC Championships and four Atlantic Division titles during his reign.
As a former LSU assistant under Nick Saban, Fisher also led FSU to its first National Championship win since 1999 with a 34-31 victory over No. 2 Auburn in the Vizio BCS National Championship on Jan. 6, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif.
FSU finished a perfect 14-0 and ranked No. 1 in both the USA Today Coaches and Associated Press polls for the first time since 1999.
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Fisher’s ability to develop NFL talent is extensive after producing 42 NFL Draft picks, including 19 first-to second-round selections during his time at Florida State
The 29 picks from 2013-15 set a modern day, three-year record.
The job at Texas A&M became available after the Aggies fired Kevin Sumlin on Sunday after six seasons and a 51-26 overall record.
Based on multiple on reports, Texas A&M has reportedly offered Fisher a 10-year $75 million guaranteed contract. The Aggies still owe Sumlin a $10.4 million buyout under the terms of his contact and is set to be paid the full amount in the next 60 days, per terms to his contract.
If the Seminoles beat ULM, several bowl projections have FSU taking on Texas A&M in the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville.
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