TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher laughed Thursday as he pondered the deal his buddy Will Muschamp got at Texas this week. Fisher, FSU's head-coach-in-waiting, signed a deal last year that probably served as a template for the one Muschamp received when he agreed to eventually succeed Mack Brown. The only difference? Fisher makes $625,000. Muschamp will make $900,000 next year.
"I'm like the starter guy," Fisher joked. "They get better as they go."
A reporter asked Fisher if Fisher's agent had contacted Muschamp's agent to compare notes. Fisher smiled. "It's the same agent," he said.
That's right. Jimmy Sexton, agent to the supercoaches, has added another line to his resume: agent to the coaches-in-waiting. Sexton, already one of the most powerful figures in college football, has added another selling point for his services. If you're an up-and-coming assistant and you sign with him, he may lock you into a head-coaching gig at a premium program.
Sexton -- who also counts among his clients Bill Parcells, Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier, Houston Nutt, Butch Davis, Lane Kiffin (and his dad, Tampa Bay Bucs defensive coordinator Monte), Tommy Tuberville, Frank Beamer and Mike Gundy -- is the man who negotiated Saban's megadeal at Alabama. Now, it seems likely he'll represent the first $1 million college assistant.
After news of Muschamp's deal broke, Birmingham News columnist Kevin Scarbinsky asked Saban what he thought of the coach-in-waiting idea. "That's the way I'd like for it to be," Saban told Scarbinsky. "That's what I'd like to happen. Someday. But you've got to have the right person and have everybody in agreement on it."
Later, News Alabama beat writer Ian Rapoport floated one potential name: Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. Any idea which agent represents Steele?
His name is Jimmy Sexton.