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Could Jimbo Fisher spurn FSU?

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12:52 AM ET 11.28 | As with any head coaching search, particularly in the world of college football, every university thinks they can get what they want (see: Arkansas and Les Miles). And, while Arkansas isn't currently trying to pry any SEC coaches away from their teams, they're looking not too far short of that in the ACC, specifically a few hundred miles west of Baton Rouge in Tallahassee. According to multiple reports, Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher is one of Auburn's top targets to replace Gene Chizik, whom they fired on Sunday. While Auburn is batting their eyes at Fisher, he reiterated that he's a married coach and won't be cheating or divorcing his current program any time soon. But if Fisher were to renege on his word, he wouldn't be the first guy to do it. Let's not forget Nick Saban's adamant plea that he wasn't going to coach Alabama and leave the Miami Dolphins in the dust -- which was exactly what he proceeded to do.

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November 29, 2012  03:06 AM ET
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What's the skinny, EWO? Who's more desperate...Auburn or the Fisher King?

I think Jimbo stays at FSU, at least for now. Auburn IS an SEC team, and usually a good one. But right now, that program is a freakin' MESS. I think Jimbo's smarter than that.

Not to say he'd NEVER leave us, of course. We can, and should, offer him more money, but unless he sees FSU as a "destination job," he will always be one offer away from packing a Mayflower truck.

November 29, 2012  07:10 AM ET

Quien es mas un lio, Tennessee o Auburn?

November 29, 2012  08:21 AM ET
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It's said that every man has his price...what's Jimbo Fisher's?

I will coach any of them for a modest 750K annually with a large travel and food expense allowance!!! Think of the money saved!!! :-)

November 29, 2012  08:30 AM ET

EWO - Per my FSU source here, she says that there are some in the FSU family that has never accepted Jimbo after the Bowden incident. Do you see Jimbo ever being completely accepted by all the FSU family? If not, is that the main reason he may leave?

November 29, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Can't see Fisher leaving for Aubie. As EWO stated-Aubie is a mess.

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November 29, 2012  10:05 AM ET

Charlotte promoters can spin this by prompting folks to buy tickets and give 'em to service personnel stationed in NC, vets, and folks down on their luck, then, bus in HS students to fill the stands.

November 29, 2012  10:24 AM ET
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in other news tickets for that much in demand ACC Championship game are going for the incredible price of $4. Snap them up before they are all gone. Its the must see event of the year.

Annual thing. And even at that price, betcha it won't sell out, or if they say it did, the camera shots of the stands will show otherwise.

November 29, 2012  10:28 AM ET

If Jimbo leaves the Noleys for a dumpster fire like Aubie, FSU will suffer the ramifications for years.

The word will be out that the Bowden faction calls the shots, the job is for puppets or weaklings only, and finding a truly good coach would be harder than ever.

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November 29, 2012  01:04 PM ET
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Bowden is still pulling Jimbo's strings.

Probably.....

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November 29, 2012  01:44 PM ET
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The Jerry Jones approach to running a football team.

FJJ. He should wear a monochrome pink outfit for the special SI Pink edition. He can enshrine it in his office afterwards.

November 29, 2012  10:58 PM ET
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EWO - Per my FSU source here, she says that there are some in the FSU family that has never accepted Jimbo after the Bowden incident. Do you see Jimbo ever being completely accepted by all the FSU family? If not, is that the main reason he may leave?

Yeah, there seems to be a legitimate schism between Bowden loyalists, and those who accept Jimbo.

As far as acceptance by the "FSU family," it depends on who you mean by "family." What do the decision makers and money men at FSU think of Jimbo? That is ultimately what matters. I believe they are pleased with him and what he's done for us, but that's mostly speculation.

Myself? I seem to fall into a very small category of 'Noles fans who think that Coach Bowden got screwed, but who are also very happy with Jimbo. In the words of Geddy Lee, "...changes aren't permanent, but change is." Jimbo is our coach. I believe he's done well, and I'm behind him 100%.

November 29, 2012  11:03 PM ET

You'd have to be pretty stupid to leave FSU for Auburn.

I don't think Jimbo's a stupid man.

 
November 29, 2012  11:04 PM ET
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Yeah, there seems to be a legitimate schism between Bowden loyalists, and those who accept Jimbo.As far as acceptance by the "FSU family," it depends on who you mean by "family." What do the decision makers and money men at FSU think of Jimbo? That is ultimately what matters. I believe they are pleased with him and what he's done for us, but that's mostly speculation.Myself? I seem to fall into a very small category of 'Noles fans who think that Coach Bowden got screwed, but who are also very happy with Jimbo. In the words of Geddy Lee, "...changes aren't permanent, but change is." Jimbo is our coach. I believe he's done well, and I'm behind him 100%.

Screwed?

FSU fell apart under Bobby. By the time he retired he was so detatched he probably didn't even know half the players on his roster.

FSU let Bowden hang on a lot longer than they had to.

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