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Jimbo Fisher era ends at Florida State

Roy Cummings

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The Jimbo Fisher era at Florida State University is over. Fisher has accepted the head coach’s position at Texas A&M, according to a report by the Tallahassee Democrat.

As we wrote earlier in the week, Texas A&M had put massive offer in front of Fisher over the weekend, yet, he refused to accept the deal publicly and continued to let FSU and their fans twist all week.

Fisher was the coach at FSU for eight years, during which time he produced an 83-23 overall record that included a national championship in 2014.

The Seminoles now begin in earnest the search for a replacement and rumor has it that one of their first calls will go out to former USF and current Oregon coach Willie Taggart.

There is also talk that the Seminoles might be interested in current USF coach Charlie Strong and that Miami coach Mark Richt might even be on their call sheet. Richt, who was the long time FSU offensive coordinator, however, has led Miami back into prominence in just his second season, and has the Canes playing Clemson Saturday night in the ACC Title Game.

Fisher’s decision to move on comes after weeks of speculation regarding his future and a virtual demand from FSU officials that he make a decision before the weekend was out.

One of the first indications Fisher had indeed decided to move on came earlier on Friday when the Christmas tree that had been inside his house was kicked to the curb.

 

Texas A&M had been seeking to replace Kevin Sumlin, whom they fired on Sunday after six seasons in College Station.

Fisher is expected to receive a deal in upwards of $7 million to coach the Aggies, which is an increase from the new contract he got from Florida State last December. He was making $5.5 million on average in that deal.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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