TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher reiterated Thursday that he hopes to be on the bench Saturday for the regular season finale against Louisiana-Monroe.
Many anticipate that it will be their last game with Los Seminoles.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that they think Fisher will leave Florida State for Texas A & M and that the school has begun the process of selecting potential candidates. They spoke on condition of anonymity because neither Texas A & M nor the state of Florida publicly discussed the details of Aggies' search for coaches.
While Florida State held its final practice for Saturday's game, the Texas A & M Board of Regents met to discuss the hiring of a new coach. Athletic director Scott Woodward and Chancellor John Sharp were also at the meeting. when the board of directors attended the executive session.
Fisher was seen talking to someone on the phone just before heading to the media.
When asked what he expected from the atmosphere to be like Saturday, Fisher said & # 39; hopefully, great Cheer up, the boys will play well and we will get a bowl game. "
The Seminoles (5-6) need a victory on Saturday to become box office for the 36th consecutive season.
They were clbadified third in the AP preseason , but he lost quarterback Deondre Francois in the first game against Alabama and was 3-6 at one point before winning his last two, Florida State also needs a win on Saturday and a bowling game to avoid his first losing season. since 1976.
If speculation about Fisher's future has shaken any of the players, they're not saying much Redshirt, security sophomore Derwin James said that rumors about Fisher have happened every season since he was there and that can not affect the team.
& # 39; & # 39; I do not know what will happen, but Jimbo is my coach at the moment and is trying to keep us motivated & # 39; ; & # 39; said defensive tackle Wally Aime.
Fisher would be the fourth head coach to leave a school in which he won a national AP championship and will go directly to another college job. The last to do so was Johnny Majors, who went from Pittsburgh to Tennessee in 1977.
Last December, Fisher signed a contract extension until 2024 that makes him one of the highest paid coaches in the country. He's making $ 5.7 million this season, which is the sixth highest.
The president of Florida State University, John Thrasher, told the Florida channel that he is waiting to hear about a decision soon.
Jimbo is a great soccer coach and I hope he stays at Florida State University, but if he has other opportunities that are more valuable to him and his family, then I certainly understand that, "Thrasher added.
Fisher has said repeatedly during press conferences that he would not discuss his name linked to job offers, nor did he give much clarity to his players or badistants.
Earlier this week, Rick Butts, who is the godfather and guardian of Field Marshal James Blackman, led the social networks saying: "It's a distraction. Eliminate the distraction! & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; & # 39; For my part, I do not think it's fair for fans or players to have this persistent thing, just say what it is and keep moving, "Butts wrote.
Fisher's silence already had an impact on the draft as three players who were verbal commitments said they had decided to reopen their searches.
On Wednesday, a member of the hearing on Fisher's weekly call program asked him: "Where is the loyalty to the program? & # 39; & # 39;
A representative of the school took off Quickly the microphone and led him out of the room, pushing him in the back at least twice.
Rob Wilson, Florida State Athletic spokesman, said the department was aware of the "unfortunate incident" and they are reviewing the matter with everyone involved.
After a loss in Louisville on October 21, Fisher had a verbal altercation with a fan shouting that it was time to hire new badistant coaches.
Fisher is 83-23 in eight seasons in Florida St he led the Seminoles to the national championship in 2013, three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and four ACC Atlantic Division crowns.
Since they won 33 of 34 games between 2013 and & # 39; 15 , the Semi Noles have had problems. They have a 19-12 record in their last 31 games, including 10-10 in the ACC. It's the first time since 2011 that the Seminoles have not won 10 or more games or qualified for a New Bowl New Year's game.