Sport If Jimbo Fisher leaves, who would Florida State target as replacement?

23:17  28 november  2017
23:17  28 november  2017 Source:   SB Nation

Reports: Jimbo Fisher expected to take Texas A&M job

  Reports: Jimbo Fisher expected to take Texas A&M job Jimbo Fisher has been at the center of coaching rumors over the past few years.KPRC in Houston’s Randy McIlvoy has the strongest report of all. He says there is already a deal in place for Fisher to take the A&M job.

Brent specifically named Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher as a possible replacement . Good Bull Hunting: Let’s get this out of the way would Jimbo leave FSU for A&M? If so, why? Who do you think FSU would target as a replacement ?

John James " Jimbo " Fisher , Jr. (born October 9, 1965) is an American college football coach and former player. He is the head coach at Florida State University. As a senior year student at Samford University, Fisher was the 1987 NCAA Division III National Player of the Year.

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Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher may or may not be on his way to Texas A&M, which means FSU may or may not be in the market for a new leader in the very near future. We’ve put together the following hot board as a touchstone for this prospective search, but before we get to the possible candidates, a word or two about methodology.

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This is not a wishlist— it’s a realistic rundown of guys who could be targeted by FSU. I’m not gonna waste my time writing names like Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and Dabo Swinney, and you shouldn’t waste your time pining for them, because they’re not about to happen.

Report: Florida State looking at Willie Taggart if Fisher leaves

  Report: Florida State looking at Willie Taggart if Fisher leaves Willie Taggart is in only his first season as the head coach at Oregon, but that hasn’t stopped reports about him potentially leaving the Ducks from piling up. With it looking like a legitimate possibility that Jimbo Fisher could leave Florida State to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M, Dan Wolken of USA Today reports that the Seminoles have started gathering information on Taggart.Source: Florida State officials have started doing background work on Oregon coach Willie Taggart in preparation for the possibility Jimbo Fisher takes the Texas A&M job.

Jimbo Fisher top target for Tigers. Leave a Comment. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher on Texas A&M: ‘I never comment on jobs’.

29, 2016, file photo, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher shouts instructions during the team's NCAA college football game against Clemson in Tallahassee, Fla. With Dalvin Cook leaving early for the NFL draft, coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff began spring practices on Monday seeing who can

That said, Florida State is one of the true destination jobs in college football, and candidates are likely to come out of the woodwork.

So what kind of candidate could FSU likely pursue? They’ll probably want someone with a history of success as a head coach, which means not a coordinator. While Fisher himself was a coordinator promotion, the overall track record of coordinators who are promoted to big head coach jobs is horrendous.

It would also likely be an offensive mind to follow up on Fisher’s footprint. Fisher is an elite recruiter, so they’d want to fill those shoes as well, which tends to require a history with the Seminoles’ recruiting grounds in the Southeast. And the entire staff could stand to get younger and more diverse, so that will be a consideration, too.

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Will Jimbo Fisher leave Florida State to go to LSU? This question assumes Fisher is the top target and is going to have the option — an assumption many readers are making. The answer is that I have no idea.

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher (Photo : Getty Images). Fisher used to be an assistant under Alabama head coach Nick Saban who once coached the Tigers. " Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is the main target for many foundation members; with names like Clemson head coach Dabo

So here we go: 11 names that could be under consideration for the ’Noles, in alphabetical order— along with some possibilities we don’t think are great fits.

Dino Babers (Head Coach, Syracuse, 56 years old)

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Babers is an up-tempo offense guy who got to ’Cuse by improving the programs at Eastern Illinois and Bowling Green. Those complaints about the pace at which Fisher’s offense operates (127th nationally in 2017, and usually very slow) would likely be alleviated, as Babers’ attack runs at a blistering pace (for better or for worse). While Babers’ name was a very hip one in coaching-change circles after the Orange beat Clemson earlier this season, some of the luster has come off his candidacy, as his first two seasons at Syracuse have ended with 4-8 records. And while he's worked all over the country, a lot of Babers’ experience has been on the west coast. Moreover, this hire would mean getting older at the HC spot. Because Babers is employed by a private institution, the exact terms of his present contract are not disclosed.

Fisher takes swipe at Florida State during Texas A&M intro

  Fisher takes swipe at Florida State during Texas A&M intro Jimbo Fisher made a somewhat surprising decision when he decided to leave his job at Florida State to take on a new challenge at Texas A&M, but those who are familiar with the relationship between Fisher and his former bosses saw it coming. On Monday, Fisher was officially introduced as the new coach of the Aggies. While speaking with reporters, he appeared to remove all doubt that he was not seeing eye-to-eye with the administration at Florida State.

Florida State 's season has been a major disappointment, so it says a lot about Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher that he's still at the center of coaching carousel It's too early to officially announce a leader in the clubhouse to replace a guy who 's still employed, but if there is one, it sounds like Fisher .

Florida State isn’t firing Jimbo Fisher even if `Noles don’t make a bowl. So, for example, if Fisher leaves , and the university retains none of ten coaches each making 0,000 on one-year deals, Fisher would owe the school M within 30 days.

Jeff Brohm (Head Coach, Purdue, 46 years old)

a close up of a man wearing a hat: Purdue v Missouri© Provided by SB Nation Purdue v Missouri A quarterback like Fisher, Brohm is a Louisville native who also played his college ball for the Cardinals. The Boilermakers nabbed him from Western Kentucky, where he began his head-coaching career by leading the Hilltoppers to 8, 12, and 10 win seasons, respectively, from 2014-2016. He’s been at Purdue just one year, but did get the program bowl eligible for the first time since 2012. Before his head-coaching jobs, Brohm’s assistantships in the south included a year as FAU’s quarterbacks coach in 2009 and another as the UAB OC/QB coach in 2012. Brohm’s buyout is $5 million before December 5th, $4 million after.

Matt Campbell (Head Coach, Iowa State, 37 years old)

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Like Brohm, Campbell is rather new to life as a big-time college football coach, but hey, he’s also 37. His name has become a very hot one after leading the Cyclones to bowl eligibility and wins over (then) No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 TCU in his second year running the show in Ames. Before that, Campbell was in charge at Toledo for five years, and thrice posted nine-win seasons. A native Ohioan, it seems like a matter of when and not if Campbell will get poached by a bigger-name school. ISU has just signed Campbell to a six-year contract, raising his annual salary from $2.1 to $3.5 million. His buyout in 2017 is a hefty $9 million.

Report: Willie Taggart agrees to become FSU head coach

  Report: Willie Taggart agrees to become FSU head coach After much talk that Oregon’s Willie Taggart would become the next head coach at Florida State, it appears he finally is going to sign on the dotted line. On Monday it was reported by some that a deal was already being hammered out, but there were conflicting reports. Now there appears to be a consensus that Taggart is going to leave Oregon to replace Jimbo Fisher at FSU. BREAKING #Oregon’s Willie Taggart is expected to become the next head coach at #FSU, source tell me. — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 5, 2017 .@BruceFeldmanCFB and @Brett_McMurphy both reporting now that Willie Taggart has agreed to become Florida State's next coach. — Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) December 5, 2017 Oregon did try to keep Taggart in the fold, per Brett McMurphy, but was unable to retain him. “Even before Fisher left Florida State, a source said Oregon offered Taggart a one-year extension on his existing contract, through 2022, increasing his five-year deal to $18 million. After Fisher accepted the Texas A&M job last week, Oregon increased its offer in hopes of keeping Taggart.” Taggart, a former quarterback at Western Kentucky in the 1990s, began his coaching career started at his alma mater in 1999. He then coached at South Florida for four seasons before landing the top job at Oregon heading into the 2017 campaign. There, he helped guide the Ducks to a 7-5 record and bowl bid this year. As a head coach at the collegiate level, Taggart has a career record of 47-50. The past three years, he went 25-9 at USF and Oregon, including three consecutive bowl berths.

JUCO DE target puts Seminoles in top 5. Florida State is looking to add more talent and depth at defensive end down the stretch of the 2018 cycle, as well. ESPN personality: Jimbo Fisher is leaving Florida State and had toxic mix with administration 1 day ago.

In this case, the coach is Jimbo Fisher , who is in his eighth season with Florida State and his fifth as the head coach. However, the website says, Fisher would have to buy out the contracts of any assistants that do not stay with the new staff that replaces him if he leaves early.

Dave Clawson (Head Coach, Wake Forest, 50 years old)

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Clawson preceded Babers as the big dog at Bowling Green, where he coached for five years. A head coach at various stops since 1999, Clawson has somehow transformed little scrappy Wake Forest to a team in 2017 that was downright exciting to watch and lit up the scoreboard: playing in the same division as Clemson, the Demon Deacons averaged just 1.5 points per game fewer than the Tigers in posting their second-straight seven-win record (to date). It’s intriguing to consider what Clawson could do at a program with some real resources and in a conference with which he’s already familiar. Another private school employee, Clawson’s buyout is unclear, but he did sign an extension earlier this year to remain in Winston-Salem through 2024.

James Franklin (Head Coach, Penn State, 45 years old)

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Franklin made his name resurrecting Vanderbilt football from 2011-2013, when he got the Commodores to a bowl game each year and even posted nine-win seasons in his last two years in Nashville. He parlayed that success into the Penn State job, where he’s reached double-digit wins in 2015 and 2016, including a conference title in the former. He would demand a significant financial investment, but FSU is unlikely to hire anyone on the cheap anyway. Franklin is one of the best recruiters in the nation, and his buyout is just $2 million.

Chip Kelly is Going to Have to Tell Oregon No, After Willie Taggart Leaves for Florida State

  Chip Kelly is Going to Have to Tell Oregon No, After Willie Taggart Leaves for Florida State The Oregon job is open less than a month after Chip Kelly returned to coaching in college.That, of course, leaves Oregon in need of a head coach for the second year in a row. Last year at this time, Chip Kelly was still the coach of the San Francisco 49ers and opted not bolt for a return to the school where he gained prominence. He was fired a month later, and the school had hired Taggart. Kelly spent the year in television, and recently chose UCLA over Florida for his return to coaching.

Tracking Expectations for Jimbo Fisher . The Florida State Seminoles are two wins away from becoming bowl eligible, but, standing in their way are the hated Florida Gators, who will host the 62nd game in the rivalry series Saturday in Gainesville.

Florida State signed Jimbo Fisher to a contract extension through the 2024-25 football season, it announced Monday. So, for example, if Fisher leaves , and the university retains none of ten coaches each making 0,000 on one-year deals, Fisher would owe the school M within 30 days.

Scott Frost (Head Coach, Central Florida, 42 years old)

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Frost’s is one of the more bandied about names in the college coaching carousel. He’s young and has obvious Florida ties after taking over a winless UCF squad and leading them to a bowl in his first full year of 2016 and an 11-0 record so far in 2017. Frost has been rumored to be interested in the job at Nebraska, where he starred as a QB. He was the offensive coordinator of the 2014 Oregon team that ended FSU’s 29-game winning streak. Frost’s buyout is $3 million.

Justin Fuente (Head Coach, Virginia Tech, 41 years old)

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Yet another current ACC coach on our board, Fuente made his way to Blacksburg after turning around Memphis from a losing program to one that won 10 and 9 games in 2014 and 2015, respectively. He’s followed suit with the Hokies, winning 10 games in 2016 and 9 so far this season in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area that has been so fertile for FSU as a recruiting ground. Fuente was also a quarterback as a player, and his buyout is $6 million before December 15, at which point it drops to $5 million.

Lane Kiffin (Head Coach, Florida Atlantic, 42 years old)

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Kiffin would certainly be no stranger to the spotlight that would shine upon him at FSU: he became the youngest head coach in modern NFL history when the Oakland Raiders tapped him in 2007, and that was followed by HC jobs at Tennessee and USC. He then took over offensive coordinator duties at Alabama in 2014 before assuming the big whistle again for FAU this year and leading the Owls to a 9-3 record. Many doubt that he’ll remain at his current post for long before listening to overtures from more prestigious programs. But Kiffin does have a history of leaving positions on less than amicable terms, and his next big job may want to see more stability and consistency from him first. Kiffin’s buyout is $2.5 million.

Oregon AD says Willie Taggart lied about contact from FSU

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LSU could be looking to hire a big-name head football coach this upcoming offseason, and Jimbo Fisher is once again considered the school’s top target . He said last year that he had no interest in leaving Florida State for LSU or any other job.

Texas A&M is going to make a run at hiring Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher , according to a report by USA Today’s Dan Wolken. Fisher , who led the Seminoles to a national championship in 2013, has not expressed any interest in leaving .

Mike Norvell (Head Coach, Memphis, 36 years old)

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Norvell is the youngest and least experienced coach on our board. A former receiver, his head coaching career has consisted of the last two seasons at Memphis, where he took over for Fuente. He’s gone 8-5 and 10-1 in his two seasons; only Frost’s Knights have averaged more points per game this season than Norvell’s Tigers among FBS teams. Despite his age, Norvell is already well traveled, having also spent time at Tulsa, Pitt, and Arizona State. His buyout is just $500 thousand.

Gary Patterson (Head Coach, TCU, 57 years old)

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This is not as unlikely as some may think. Patterson is the only defensive coach on this list, and he’s also the most established, as he’s been the head coach at TCU since 2000 and has complied a 159-56 record. He’s familiar with coaching in a talent-rich state that includes other powerful programs, but he has recently agreed to a contract extension through 2024— one that still remains unsigned, as of yet. TCU is a private institution, so we’re not sure exactly what that deal entails, but there is a statue of him on campus, so they probably wouldn’t mind keeping him around.

Willie Taggart (Head Coach, Oregon, 41 years old)

a man standing in front of a crowd: NCAA Football: Oregon Spring Game© Provided by SB Nation NCAA Football: Oregon Spring Game A native of Bradenton, Florida, Taggart began his head-coaching career where he played QB: Western Kentucky. He turned around that program after just the first of his three seasons and then brought back South Florida, where he registered win totals of 2, 4, 8, and 10 (in that order) from 2013-2016 before being hired by Oregon. Taggart is 5-1 with his starting QB this year, and 1-4 without. He’s an excellent recruiter who could seriously reinvigorate FSU’s fortunes in the Tampa area.

Looking closer at his record, the improvement is impressive.

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He took Western Kentucky from 2-10, to 7-5, and 7-5, winning 14 of his final 20 games there and upset Kentucky. He set up the roster for Bobby Petrino and for Jeff Brohm, both of whom also used it to jump to better jobs.

Under Skip Holtz, USF went from 8-5, to 5-7, to 3-9. The program was a disaster. Taggart came in and went 2-10, signed a great recruiting class, went 4-8, signed another, then went 8-5, and 10-2 (USF went 11-2, but Taggart didn’t coach the bowl). He was 21-4 in his final 25 games at USF. He set up Charlie Strong with probably the best G5 roster in America.

Now he is on pace to bring in the best recruiting class Oregon has ever had, and by a huge margin.

Taggart is from the Harbaugh coaching tree, including coaching at Stanford from 2007-09. He has shown a great ability to adapt his offensive philosophy, most notably at USF, where he started out attempting to run a pro-style system, realized that did not fit with the type of talents he could sign with the Bulls, and switched to a power spread, scoring a ton of points in the process.

Taggart’s buyout is $3 million, which makes him shockingly affordable. FSU and Oregon are both Nike schools.

Quickly, names that simply do not make sense

  • Jeremy Pruitt: The Alabama defensive coordinator (and former FSU DC in 2013) is not a good fit for a number of reasons, specifically in Tallahassee.
  • Les Miles: The former LSU coached turned 64 recently and underachieved in his last few years with the Tigers.
  • Charlie Strong: The USF coach isn’t likely to get another chance at running a destination program after his failures at Texas. He turns 58 in August.
  • David Cutcliffe: Cutcliffe is 63 and is not an elite recruiter, though he does a good job at Duke, where AD Stan Wilcox formerly worked.
  • Bobby Petrino: FSU simply does not need to take a character risk of this size. He turns 57 in March.
  • P.J. Fleck: This would be some real culture shock.
  • Bob Stoops: Stoops has expressed no interest in returning to coaching and retired in part because of his dad passing away as a coach at around the same age. He wants to spend time with his family.
  • Brent Venables: Again, hiring a coordinator for a job of this size is too risky.
  • Mack Brown: Yeah, he’s an FSU alum with a national title— but still: seriously?
  • Butch Davis. Butch Davis is 66.

Jeremy Pruitt reportedly gets six-year deal from Tennessee .
Tennessee appears to finally have a new head coach, and it’s one Vols fans won’t protest. Multiple reports on Wednesday night said that Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has accepted the Tennessee head coaching job. Football Scoop reported that Pruitt is getting a six-year deal.

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