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Say It Ain't So, Jimbo! FSU Loses Their Leader

Posted on December 1, 2017 at 3:00 PM

  Article by Dan Tortora

  Jimbo FIsher is heading out of Tallahassee, Florida, following the worst season he has had in eight tries with the Florida State Seminoles.

  Florida State is currently 5-6 overall and was able to schedule a late-season addition to get back to 12 games after Hurricane Irma sent them to an 11-game season. They will face the Lousiana-Monroe Warhawks during Championship Week, a sign of how far the Seminoles have fallen because the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship will be going on on the same day that they are attempting to get to six wins.

  On the line for the Seminoles is a 35-year streak of going to the postseason. A win over the Warhawks will give them a 6-6 record and make them bowl eligible, then it will be up to the heads of the bowl games across the nation to decide if and where the Seminoles will end up in the postseason to move the streak to 36 years.

  Whether or not they defeat Louisiana-Monroe and become bowl eligible, Fisher will not be on the sideline for another game with Florida State as he will be moving onto his new position with the Texas A&M Aggies, effective immediately.

  Fisher has posted a winning record in seven of his eight seasons at Florida State, achieving 10 or more wins in six of those seven winning seasons.

  He guided the Seminoles to a national championship following the 2013-14 regular season, the final year of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).

  In 106 games as Florida State's head coach, Fisher won 83 while losing a mere 23 games, including a 5-2 record in bowl games. His winning percentage of 78.3% is the best by any Seminoles' head coach, including his mentor and predecessor, Bobby Bowden (75.6%).

  Florida State was ranked in the top three in the nation of all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), also known as Division I-A, schools in five of Fisher's eight seasons with the football program.

  He recruited and coached the likes of Kelvin Benjamin (wide receiver), Dalvin Cook (running back), Ronald Darby (cornerback), Devonta Freeman (running back), Rashad Greene, Jr. (wide receiver), Tre' Jackson (offensive guard), Jalen Ramsey (cornerback), Telvin Smith (linebacker), and Jameis Winston (quarterback), who are all currently in the National Football League (NFL), among others.

  Fisher had recently signed a contract extension with Florida State on January 5, 2017, that would pay him $46 million over nine seasons, expiring on January 4, 2025. His guaranteed pay for the current 2017 season under his agreement was $5.55 million.

  His buyout to leave Florida State University is the sum of all monies on the contracts of all of his assistant coaches combined that the school does not decide to retain. For example, if Florida State chooses to fire seven of Fisher's 10 assistants and each had $600,000 remaining on their contracts apiece, then Fisher would have to pay Florida State $4.2 million within 30 days (7 x $600,000).

  The new contract that Texas A&M will be giving to Fisher is allegedly a 10-year agreement worth $75 million, which breaks down evenly to $7.5 million per season, an increase in his base salary from 2017 to 2018 of $1.95 million in additional revenue.

  He will be inheriting a team that trended downward during the six-year tenure of Kevin Sumlin, whose firing vacated the position to be offered to Fisher. Sumlin went from 11-2 and a bowl victory in 2012 to 9-4 with a bowl win in 2013. In 2014, Sumlin and the Aggies ended with an 8-5 record and a bowl victory, following in 2015 with the same overall record of 8-5, but lost their bowl game. They would remain at 8-5 in 2016 and lose their second bowl game in a row before ending at 7-5 this season prior to his firing before their upcoming bowl appearance. 

  In total, Sumlin concluded his time at Texas A&M with 51 wins and 26 losses, and a 3-2 record in the postseason with no advancement to the BCS Championship game or its successor, the College Football Playoff.

Categories: Atlantic Coast Conference, College Football, NCAA

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