Fresh off leading Florida State to its first BCS National Championship Game since the 2000 season, Jimbo Fisher has agreed to a contract extension the Seminoles hope will lead to many more conference and national titles.
Seminoles.com Managing Editor Brandon Mellor confirmed the contract extension and provided a statement from Florida State Athletic Director Stan Wilcox:
Official: Jimbo Fisher has signed a contract extension to remain #Noles head coach until at least January 2019.— Brandon Mellor (@BrandonMellor) December 31, 2013
Ira Schoffel of the Tallahassee Democrat previously reported that Fisher, 48, inked the extension as the Seminoles were preparing to board their flight for the BCS national championship game matchup against Auburn. Others, including Gene Williams of Warchant.com, also confirmed the extension.
Additional terms of the contract have not yet been officially disclosed. It was previously reported, per Schoffel, that the two sides had reached an agreement on Dec. 7. Under that rumored pact, Fisher was said to have signed a new five-year deal that would pay him upwards of $4 million per season. According to Schoffel's report, details of the agreement are expected to be announced at a press conference in California Tuesday evening when the team arrives.
Fisher's current contract calls for an annual salary of $2.75 million, ranking him 21st in the nation, per USA Today. Using 2013 salaries as a baseline, the new deal would place Fisher near Michigan's Brady Hoke and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz.
Based on Fisher's last two seasons, it's hard to argue against him getting a massive raise. A year after leading the Seminoles to their first BCS bowl victory in more than a decade—a decisive Orange Bowl victory over Northern Illinois—he topped that by turning in the school's first undefeated regular season of the new millennium.
Florida State (13-0) heads into its Jan. 6 matchup versus the Tigers as one of the most dominant teams in recent college football history.
Led by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, the Seminoles have defeated their opponents by an average of 42.3 points per game. No team has even come within single digits, with Florida State ranking second in points scored (53 per game) and first in points allowed (10.7 per game).
Fisher was actually disappointed to have the four-week layoff between the ACC Championship Game and National Championship Game, telling the Associated Press (via The Washington Post):
I would have been tickled to death to play the very next week after we played Duke, we were playing so well. When you have those delays, the key is getting that timing and rhythm back. But the key is you can’t be ready to quick. You’ve got to time that thing up to hopefully hit it right in stride.
Fisher hasn't had much trouble getting his teams ready for bowl games. The Seminoles are undefeated in their three postseason opportunities under Fisher, who took over for the legendary Bobby Bowden in 2010.
In four seasons, he has compiled a 44-10 record while winning two conference championships and three ACC Atlantic Division titles. Fisher was even rumored to be a possible target for the University of Texas opening. NFL Network's Gil Brandt notes that the Longhorns' ship has now sailed:
It seems almost quaint to think that, with the program scuffling in the final years under Bowden, many wondered whether Fisher would have the chops to rebuild it to national prominence. This extension proves school brass was right all along.
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