Reports: Jimbo Fisher Staying At FSU After LSU Moves On To Tom Herman
Louisiana State University has hired Tom Herman as its next head coach, according to reports late Thursday, although it was not until to move on from Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher that the Tigers focused their attention on Herman, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and USA Today’s Glenn Guibeau.
Reports: Jimbo Fisher Staying At FSU After LSU Moves on to Tom Herman
LSU was reportedly set to meet with Fisher on Saturday following the FSU Seminoles’ rivalry game against Florida. ESPN reported at one point Thursday that Fisher had made a huge contract request that partly led LSU to change directions, although that information was subsequently scrapped from a published story.
USA Today reports that LSU and Fisher’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, were negotiating a deal that would have paid Fisher approximately $7 million per year, “but discussions ended Wednesday night with Fisher not accepting the job.”
Fisher currently makes $5.25 million at Florida State, per the USA Today salary database. He has gone 76-17 since taking over as Florida State’s coach for Bobby Bowden in 2010. He led the Seminoles to a national championship in 2013. Fisher is under contract through the 2022 season at Florida State after signing a $44 million extension in 2015.
Fisher previously played the role of LSU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2000-06 before taking the same jobs at Florida State.
As for Herman, the Houston Cougars coach is the highest-paid Group of Five coach in the nation at $3 million. A bidding war is expected between LSU and Texas, and Herman could join the $5 million club that currently includes seven coaches.
The Cougars have also reportedly increased their offer in hopes of keeping Herman, although it remains to be seen what actually occurs.
GAINESVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles signals to his players during the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)