No vacant job in college football has been talked about more than the Texas Longhorns' head coaching job since Mack Brown stepped down on Dec. 15. If Texas is somehow able to poach Jimbo Fisher from Florida State, it might net a Heisman Trophy winner in the deal as well.
According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston pledged his allegiance to Fisher by claiming that he would follow him to Texas if that situation presented itself:
Jameis Winston: "Even if Coach Fisher goes to Texas, I'm going to ask him can I go w/you? Yeah I'm serious. He's my coach"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 3, 2014
Fisher finalized a five-year extension with Florida State on Dec. 31, per ESPN.com, but rumors regarding a possible jump to Texas persist. The Longhorns' athletic director, Steve Patterson, "has begun to focus on a handful of candidates" including Fisher, according to Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News.
In addition to the comment about following Fisher to Texas, Winston admitted that he went to great lengths to get Brown and the Longhorns program to notice him while in high school, according to McMurphy:
Jameis Winston was interested in Texas, said his high school coach called Texas 5 times. "I tried to call (Mack Brown) couple of times"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 3, 2014
Despite Winston's obvious interest, Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com is reporting that Brown didn't believe that the Longhorns could secure him:
There is no question that Winston poses an interesting scenario, but it seems highly unlikely on many fronts. Contract extensions don't necessarily prevent collegiate head coaches from taking other jobs, but Fisher would look really bad if he left for Texas right after renewing his deal with Florida State.
How realistic is it to think that Fisher and Winston could bolt for Florida State?
Also, transferring wouldn't make sense for Winston since he will be eligible for the NFL draft after next season. Most view him as the prospective No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft, but transferring would force him to sit out a year, delaying the entire process.
This situation likely makes Florida State fans a bit uneasy, especially with the Jan. 6 BCS National Championship Game against Auburn rapidly approaching. There is little doubt that the Heisman Trophy winner and his head coach are focused on the task at hand, though.
Perhaps Winston should have been a little more diplomatic in his response, but it is difficult to imagine any of this coming to fruition regardless.
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