College Football

Jimbo Fisher and Florida State Reportedly Agree to 5-Year, $21 Million Extension

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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

As if possibly making the national championship isn't enough, Jimbo Fisher is reportedly getting a contract extension from Florida State.

ESPN's Joe Schad reported the extension is worth $21 million over five years.

MIAMI - OCTOBER 04:  Head coach Bobby Bowden of the Florida State Seminoles watches his team take on the Miami Hurricanes at Dolphin Stadium on October 4, 2008 in Miami, Florida. Florida State defeated Miami 41-39.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Taking over from a legendary coach can sometimes be a poisoned chalice. Fisher, on the other hand, has thrived since replacing Bobby Bowden. He has overseen a Seminoles resurgence and return to the elite of college football in the space of four years. Slowly but surely Fisher has improved the team through recruiting and player development, with this season's squad bearing the fruits of those efforts.

Plus, Fisher is delivering annual successes in bowl season, which had come few and far between in Bowden's last years.

Florida State got its first BCS bowl win since 2000 in last year's Orange Bowl, and the school is on the precipice of making its first national title appearance since 2001.

Aside from rewarding past success, this is also a proactive move from the school. FSU wants to ensure that Fisher has everything he needs in Tallahassee and won't be enticed to head for greener pastures. In the college football arms race, schools will do whatever it takes to hold onto a good head coach when they've got one.

However, Schad speculates that there's a small chance Fisher could be tempted to take over at Texas should Mack Brown head out the door.

Only time will tell if Fisher leaves Florida State. For the time being, he's got the 'Noles in the thick of the national title race and has a new contract to boot.

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