Does Charlie Strong Hire Mean Jimbo Fisher Stays at Florida State?
Texas football reportedly has a new head coach. Charlie Strong has agreed to become the new head coach of the Longhorns, thus leaving Louisville. A University of Texas official told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday that the deal will be finalized Sunday and that the school is very confident the deal gets done.
Strong went 37-15 at Louisville and comes into Texas replacing an enormous name in Mack Brown, who resigned last month after coaching the Longhorns for 16 seasons. According to Sports Illustrated, the contract will be a five-year deal worth approximately $5 million per year.
With Strong now a lock at Texas, we may be able to put another hot topic to rest — finally.
For a while now, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was rumored to have been interested in heading to coach the Longhorns. Not only that, but many outlets had said there was mutual interest on both sides. Though Fisher has said all the right things and remained loyal to the Seminoles during this time period, there was still a strong feeling he could head to Texas in the end.
Well, Fisher has received a deal of his own. Florida State has made him the 9th-highest paid coach in the NCAA with a deal that runs through 2018 and that is worth over $4 million per year. After having received an extension, are these rumors of Fisher’s departure finally put to rest?
Nothing is ever certain, especially in the college game. Fisher may get an offer down the road after his incredible season with the Seminoles that could end up with both a Heisman-winning quarterback and a National Championship. The Texas rumors, for now, appear to be squashed with Srong’s impending deal.
But, could Fisher be lured to the NFL with all of the head coaching vacancies that have opened up in the last week? That’s always a possibility. Having gone 25-2 since the beginning of last season, Fisher is one of the top names in college football, and justifiably so. Would Fisher want to leave a program that has gained so much national publicity though? Jameis Winston had one of the best seasons ever by a freshman quarterback, and Fisher’s reputation could only continue to grow as his quarterback continues to progress.