Strange times for Florida State fans.
LSU is in contact with Jimbo Fisher’s representatives again, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper, and the school may finally be in the same kind of stubborn mood about hiring Jimbo that Alabama was about hiring Nick Saban.
So chew on this for a minute. The only thing that can stop the momentum on the Jimbo hunt, or even slow it, is for Ed Orgeron to blow Florida right off the map this Saturday. That would build support for LSU’s popular interim coach, whose only slip in five games as Les Miles’ replacement is a 10-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama.
Flip the coin and imagine a Gator upset at LSU, overcoming a ton of injuries in the process and winning a game at Tiger Stadium that originally was scheduled for the Swamp.
That would pull the magic carpet from under Orgeron and convince everyone from Bogalusa to Natchitoches that Jimbo is the only man capable of getting the Tigers back in the national title conversation.
Bottom line, for the long-term stability and sanity of the FSU program, the most vital Florida loss in the next two weeks is at LSU, not Tallahassee.
The Seminoles aren’t going to make the College Football Playoff field this year. Their bowl assignment is going to be pretty good but not monumental regardless of what happens in the Florida game on Nov. 26. If they can keep Jimbo, however, FSU could get right back on track for greatness next year and for seasons to come.
The magnetism between Jimbo and Baton Rouge is strong. When LSU won the 2003 national championship, Jimbo was the Tigers’ offensive coordinator. He’s great with quarterbacks, while LSU has struggled for years to find any kind of consistent offensive rhythm under Miles.
Whether Jimbo would leave FSU for the minefield of the SEC West I have no idea, but either way, this is going to be in the wind through the end of November, up to and beyond the Florida game.
That’s how it works all over the country. If you have an elite coach, everybody wants him. If you don’t, then you don’t want him either. Jimbo deals with this situation constantly, and how it handles it this time will be the most interesting of all.
The buyout tag on Jimbo’s contract is $5 million, by the way, if he wants to coach somewhere else in 2017. That wouldn’t bother LSU, however, if they can get their man. The Tigers fired Miles in September knowing it would cost something like $10 million to make him go away.