Five years ago, as the Jim Bowden era came to a close, many wondered if air apparent Jimbo Fisher was capable of upholding the reputation of excellence laid down before him. Fisher took these expectations and elevated the Florida State Seminoles to new heights accumulating a 58-10 record while riding an active 29 game win streak. After capturing the BCS National Championship a season ago, Fisher received a new contract, raising his annual salary to approximately $4 million per year. But athletic director Stan Wilcox thought so highly of Fisher’s job as head coach he decided to construct a whole new deal. Fisher and Florida State agreed to an eight-year deal worth about $5 million per season.
“I am honored to be the head coach at Florida State University, which I’ve said many times before,” Fisher said in a statement. “I appreciate that FSU believes in what we are doing and supports our goal of maintaining one of the best programs in the country. It is a privilege to coach the young men in our program. It is truly a family.”
Fisher has the ‘Noles poised for another Championship run beginning with their College Football Playoff semi-final game against Oregon on January 1. If Fisher is able to repeat as a National Champion, his squad would be just the second team ever to achieve the feat following the 2012-13 Alabama Crimson Tide.
“Florida State is a very special place. I appreciate the support of the administration in accomplishing some great things. We have improved in a number of areas over the years, and the commitment to providing the very best in academics, facilities and maturation and growth opportunities for our young men has been key to our success. I look forward to continuing to build on what we are establishing.”
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