Florida State president John Thrasher doesn’t sound too worried about Jimbo Fisher leaving the school. Or the football team struggling in 2018.
Thrasher was asked by a Florida Times Union reporter in a video posted Thursday if Fisher would stay for another season. Here’s his response:
“Jimbo’s here forever,” Thrasher said. “As long as he wants to be. He’s good. He’s good as gold. He’s going to be here.”
Florida State is currently 3-6 with games against Delaware State, Florida and (rescheduled) Louisiana-Monroe remaining. It’s not a guarantee the Seminoles will win out and get to a bowl game, but it looks likely.
Still, 6-6 is a disappointing season for a team that was a preseason top-five pick. What if 2018 was like 2017?
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it right?” Thrasher asked. “I’m confident we’re going to be good next season.”
A USA Today report emerged earlier in the week that Texas A&M was “prepared to pursue” Fisher at the end of the season. That, of course, would hinge on the departure of Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin, who is still employed by the school and whose team could go 8-5 once again.
The report cited Florida State’s underachieving season and Fisher’s relationship with A&M athletic director Scott Woodward as reasons for the possibility of a pursuit. The two once worked at LSU.
Fisher was mentioned as a possible candidate at LSU after the school fired Les Miles, but the Tigers’ coaching search quickly narrowed to interim coach Ed Orgeron and then-Houston coach Tom Herman. Orgeron got the permanent job and Herman went to Texas.
The fact that Fisher — whose team won the final BCS title after the 2013 season — is being mentioned as someone who could move jobs in the offseason is a sign of just how crazy the coaching carousel is going to be this season. Two SEC schools in Auburn and Arkansas are looking for athletic directors and Florida, Ole Miss and Tennessee are under the direction of interim coaches.
It’s gonna be a wild few weeks once the regular season ends.
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