Florida State's Jimbo Fisher brushes off LSU speculation following report – CBS sports.com (blog)
The college coaching carousel has already been spinning for some time — before the season even began, really, if you include Baylor — but the top job available, LSU, has reportedly started reaching out to potential replacements for Les Miles.
It should be no surprise that the leading candidate remains Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who was reported to have been in conversations with LSU last season before the Tigers decided to stick with Les Miles.
According to a story from the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Tuesday, Fisher and/or his representatives have been in some form of communication with LSU since Miles’ ouster.
Fisher, who is 75-17 at Florida State and the only supposed candidate for the job to have won a national title as a head coach, has ties to LSU from his time as an offensive coordinator under Miles and Nick Saban.
“Jimbo was [athletic director Joe Alleva’s] guy from the beginning, and I just don’t see him passing on hiring him,” one source told the paper. The report adds Fisher would take the job if “LSU meets his salary demands and gives him a long-term deal.” Fisher’s buyout would be $5 million.
Later Tuesday, Fisher found himself back where he was last November, asked to confirm or deny interest or contact with LSU.
“I’m not going to talk about any jobs,” Fisher told reporters, via the Orlando Sentinel, not necessarily denying the report. “I love being at Florida State. I love being here, and I’m just getting ready for Syracuse.
“That’s the last thing I’m going to say that. No offense to anybody or anything else. I love being here.”