Don’t you just love this time of year, when the spinning of the coaching carousel and the churning of the rumor mill combines to fling as much feces against the wall in the hopes that something, anything sticks?
In the minutes — hell, it might even have been seconds — after Auburn officially announced Gene Chizik was out as head coach, potential replacements were being tossed around at a frightening clip. One of those names? Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher.
Sure, there’s a direct connection between the coach and the school as Fisher served as the Tigers’ quarterbacks coach for six seasons in the mid-90s. He was also reportedly one of the leading candidates to replace Tommy Tuberville at AU in before the job went to Chizik in December of 2008. But why anyone would consider leaving a job such as Florida State’s for one with a program that may or may not have an NCAA problem on the horizon, not to mention residing in the same state as recruiting behemoth Alabama, is more than mildly head-scratching.
Monday, Fisher addressed the speculation and at least attempted to tamp out the rumors surrounding his future.
“I’m very happy right here. I’m content to be here, this is where I want to be. We’re building something special. We’ve got great players. We’ve got great players to come and be here. It’s a great place to live, my family is set up in this community, and I plan on being here a long time.
“[Of course] they may walk in and say, ‘I don’t want you to be the coach no more.’ I mean to say you’re never going to move in this business as a coach, you can’t say that — it’s inevitable. There’s too many things that go on, but I’m very happy. I’m very content. I want to be here.”
Granted, it’s no “I’m not going to be the Alabama coach,” but… wait, that might actually be a good thing for Seminole Nation.
Once all of the coaching dust on The Plains settles, this will likely end where these types of situations usually do: with Fisher still in Tallahassee, armed with a revamped contract that includes a significant bump in the $2.75 million he made in 2012.