The Jimbo Fisher-to-LSU link may not be as strong as many LSU boosters think it is.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the Florida State coach has told FSU president John Thrasher he doesn't have a desire to leave the school. Fisher has been mentioned as a possible successor to Les Miles if LSU cuts ties with its longtime coach following the season. The Tigers have lost three straight games after starting the season 7-0.
From the Post:
Sources have told the Post that Fisher, whose name has been connected to the expected opening at LSU, has made it clear he is happy with the administration, the support he receives and the direction of the program, and has no intentions of leaving Florida State for another coaching job.
At Florida State, Fisher has become one of college football's most successful coaches . Since Fisher succeeded Bobby Bowden in 2010, Florida State is 67-13. The Seminoles won the final BCS Championship after the 2013 season and went to the College Football Playoff after 2014.
The Seminoles have two losses in 2015 (to Georgia Tech and Clemson) and with a win on Saturday against Florida, are likely heading to a New Year's Six bowl game.
Fisher is a former offensive coordinator at LSU. His ties to the university and his status as Florida State's coach have made him the most commonly mentioned name in the speculation surrounding Miles' future. Given LSU's track record with Miles and his recruiting prowess, there aren't too many coaches who would be considered an upgrade over the 11-year coach of the Tigers.
But it's always been curious as to why Fisher would want to leave the cushiness at Florida State for LSU. Sure, he may be the top target of LSU boosters, but given Miles' track record at the school, it doesn't take too much to make Tigers fans want a new coach apparently. And the SEC West is considerably tougher than the ACC. Fisher can continue to dominate the ACC at FSU with Clemson. In the West, he's got a lot of competition.
Plus, if Fisher is staying at Florida State, it makes the desire of many around the LSU program to get rid of Miles even more curious. Does the school have another replacement lined up? Was Fisher a smokescreen? Or is the school not sure who will be its next head coach if Miles is out the door? If it's the last question, the craziness at LSU could be getting even crazier.
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