For the second time this month, there is talk that Texas A&M would pursue Jimbo Fisher at Florida State following its separation from current coach Kevin Sumlin by the end of the season.
Earlier, the comment came from Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle as a guest on The Paul Finebaum Show. This time, it comes from Dan Wolken of USA TODAY, who reported that three people spoke to USA TODAY Sports about the possibility.
The possibility is more likely, the report said, because of his longstanding relationship with Texas A&M athletics director Scott Woodward and the current disappointing season at Florida State as reasons why Texas A&M’s pursuit might be more realistic. Fisher, of course, has turned down interest from LSU in recent years.
Florida State is 3-6 after it began the season ranked No. 3. The Seminoles lost to Clemson on Saturday, 31-14.
Woodward arrived as an administrator at LSU in 2000, the same year Fisher was hired there as offensive coordinator under Nick Saban. They have remained in touch and friendly over the years, according to a person familiar with Fisher’s thinking, Wolken reported.
Fisher’s contract pays $5.55 million annually through the 2024 season and contains two automatic one-year rollovers that go into effect after each nine-win regular season.
Another significant factor is his family situation, the report said. Fisher and his ex-wife Candi divorced in December 2015, and their youngest son Ethan battles Fanconi anemia, a rare blood disorder. In previous discussions, staying close to his children has been a factor in Fisher’s thinking about other jobs.