Jimbo Fisher met with Florida State president John Thrasher last week and told Thrasher he does not have to worry about losing his coach.
Sources have told the Palm Beach 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 this time.
LSU is expected to make a decision on Les Miles’ future after the Tigers’ regular-season finale against Texas A&M on Saturday night. Fisher, 50, coached at LSU for seven years under Nick Saban and Miles before being hired by Bobby Bowen in 2007 as the Seminoles’ offensive coordinator. He succeeded Bowden as coach in 2010 and was 67-13 entering Saturday’s game at Florida with one national championship (2013) and three Atlantic Coast Conference titles.
Fisher was asked about coaching rumors on his radio show Wednesday.
“I’m happy where I’m at,” he said. “I’m very happy here. I’ve got a great job. I love this place. It is a great place, and it has been very good to me. Hopefully, I will end up being very good to it.”
Thrasher was behind Fisher’s most recent raise, which came in January and pushed his salary to about $5.1 million per year — with bonuses that could put it at $6.5 million per — putting him in the top five in the country. The contract includes a $5 million buyout if Fisher were to leave following this season.
Aguayo goes long
Roberto Aguayo’s 45-yard field goal early in the second quarter was his longest of the season.
Aguayo has missed four field goals this season from 42, 49, 56 and 41 yards, equaling his total misses from his first two years. The 56-yard attempt on the final play of the game at Georgia Tech was blocked and returned for a game-winning touchdown.
Aguayo, a junior, entered the game 18 of 22 on field-goal attempts. He is not among the three finalists for the Lou Groza Award for the first time in his career.
Dalvin Cook had 7 yards on his first four carries before he finally broke loose for 21 yards early in the second quarter. The run led to a 1-yard scoring pass from Sean Maguire to Jeremy Kerr on fourth down, giving FSU a 10-0 lead. The catch was the first of the sophomore’s career.
The Gators put a big dent in Cook’s Heisman hopes, at least early, by holding the Seminoles’ all-time single-season rushing leader to minus-1 yards on two carries in the first quarter. One problem was Florida controlled the clock, holding the ball for more than 9 1/2 minutes of the quarter and running 17 plays to FSU’s 11.
FSU had a total of 1 yard in the first 12 minutes before Maguire hit tight end Ryan Izzo with a 29-yard pass down the right sideline.
But with the ball on the Gators’ 45, FSU’s offense once again sputtered, and the Noles wound up punting on fourth-and-10.
FSU closed the quarter with 30 yards.
Florida State defensive coordinator Charles Kelly is one of 34 nominees for the Frank Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach. The list will be reduced to five finalists.
FSU’s defense has exceeded expectations. Entering Saturday, it was ranked 20th in the country in total defense, allowing 333.5 yards per game, after finishing 61st a season ago while giving up 396.9 yards per contest. Opponents were averaging 17.0 points against the Seminoles this year, 17th-best. A year ago, FSU surrendered 25.6 points per game, ranking 49th.