Last November The Advocate reported that LSU decision-makers used Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher's talked-about candidacy as a ruse to quietly negotiate with Herman and stay ahead of the University of Texas in the chase for the 41-year-old hotshot, but the potential deal fizzled after reports on Thursday night exposed a plan the Tigers had kept shrouded for days.
The report states Fisher's relationship with Texas A&M athletics director Scott Woodward and FSU's disappointing season are two factors that could sway the eighth-year Seminoles coach away from the program.
Could Jimbo Fisher be heading to the SEC? While Fisher has shot down rumors that he could leave FSU the past two years, a source told Wolken that his relationship with Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward and the terrible season the Seminoles are having could be factors this offseason. The Seminoles have struggled to a 3-6 record this season and are in danger of missing out on a bowl game for the first time since 1981. But at 6-4 and with losses in three of its last four Southeastern Conference matchups - all three coming at home - the thinking is that Sumlin's tenure is over even if the Aggies win their remaining two games against MS and LSU.
Those in Tallahassee have become noticeably annoyed, evidenced by one fan after a 31-28 loss to Louisville yelling "New coaches!" Fisher has said in the past that remaining close to his family is important.
If Fisher were to leave FSU, he would owe the school at least $7 million in payment for assistant coaches and other football personnel still under contract.
What would make Fisher so interested in leaving Florida State to come to Texas A&M?