Columnist blasts LSU 'arrogance' in pursuit of Jimbo Fisher, calls FSU job better than any SEC job
Why would Jimbo Fisher leave the comfort of the ACC Atlantic to take over a program in the ever-demanding SEC West?
That’s a question Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi asked in his recent column that suggests Fisher would be much better suited staying in Tallahassee as Florida State’s head coach, where he undoubtedly has some of the best job security in the country with 76 wins and a national championship in seven seasons.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying LSU isn’t a good job; I’m just saying it’s not a ‘great’ job,” wrote Bianchi. “I’m just saying the FSU job is better than the LSU job — especially for Jimbo Fisher.
“I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Why would he leave a place where he has already won a national title; where he took over for a legend and rebuilt the program in his own image; where his kids are growing up?”
Fisher has repeatedly said he has no plans of leaving FSU and is happy with his current position, but The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger recently reported that “people at LSU believe he is very interested.”
On Sunday it was discovered that Fisher was the top priority among four possible candidates for the Tigers.
“I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: The Florida State job is better than any job in the SEC,” Bianchi wrote. “That’s right, it’s even better than Alabama because — good God! — who would want to follow Saban, the greatest college football coach of the modern era?
“Yes, there will be years like this year when the Seminoles don’t win the conference championship and finish with ‘only’ nine or 10 wins, but guess what? FSU isn’t going to fire their coach because of it.”
Florida State will host Florida in its annual rivalry series this Saturday; LSU is set to finish out the regular season at Texas A&M.
After that, it will be all hands on deck for the Tigers’ coaching search.