Jimbo Fisher, FSU turn focus to Florida as LSU rumors subside … – Orlando Sentinel
Jimbo Fisher seems to be sticking by his words and staying at Florida State for the long haul.
Fisher, who will earn $5.2 million this season, reportedly turned down a $6.8 million offer this week to leave FSU for the LSU coaching job, a position he has been considered as a top candidate for the past two seasons.
NOLA.com cited three sources while reporting Friday LSU raised its offer from $6 million to lure Fisher, a former LSU assistant under Nick Saban, to Baton Rouge, but Fisher balked at the offer.
Now the No. 13 Seminoles (8-3) can now turn their attention to their final regular season game of the season against No. 15 Florida (8-2) in Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday.
Fisher has been on offense in the past two weeks, publically discussing his affection for his current post, despite being in negotiations with LSU for the second consecutive season.
He told FSU fans during his radio call-in show Wednesday to “just be patient, we’re good.” Earlier in the week, Fisher said, “I’m fully invested at Florida State and working my tail off to play a great Florida team.”
Fisher will ultimately stay at FSU, a program he has revived in his image in the past seven seasons. He hopes to improve his record to 10-1 against SEC opponents while beating the Gators for the fourth consecutive season.
The ACC holds a slight 12-11 edge over SEC opponents since 2013, including 3-2 this season, with Clemson-South Carolina, Louisville-Kentucky and Georgia Tech-Georgia also meeting this weekend.
“People don’t say it, I think we’re up there with anybody in America,” Fisher said of the ACC.
“It is great football, great coaches, tough places to play, great environments. I think it’s as good as anywhere, I really do, and I’ve coached in