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Monday, January 8, 2007
Florida State hires Fisher to replace Jeff Bowden news services

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Less than 48 hours after ending negotiations with Louisiana State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden changed his mind Monday and, apparently, Fisher's too.

Bowden named Fisher, 41, as his offensive coordinator at Florida State, which had suffered decreasing production on offense in recent years under the directions of Bowden's youngest son, Jeff Bowden.

"His ability to put in an offense and adjust as the season goes along is second to none," Bobby Bowden said about Fisher. "He brings the experience and attitude that I was looking for in a coordinator."

ESPN's Jim Donnan first reported the hiring earlier Monday.

A West Virginia native, Fisher spent the past seven seasons at LSU, where the offense set 13 school records under his direction. He will also take over as quarterback coach for Daryl Dickey, whose contract was not renewed.

"The opportunity to coach at Florida State and to grow as a coach under coach Bowden was one that I could not pass up," said Fisher, who signed a three-year agreement with a starting base salary of $215,000.

However, on Saturday it appeared Florida State had given up on landing Fisher, a protege of Bowden's son, Terry Bowden.

"Florida State will move forward to pursue other options among a number of outstanding coaches who want to share in FSU's traditions and values," coach Bobby Bowden said, adding that Fisher would "be a benefit to whatever organization he ends up with."

Fisher is reunited with receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey and offensive coordinator Rick Trickett, who were both added to the Florida State staff last week. They coached together during LSU's national championship season in 2003.

Dickey joined offensive line coach Mark McHale, running backs coach Billy Sexton, and Jeff Bowden as casualties of Bobby Bowden's poorest season in 30 years at Florida State.

Jeff Bowden, who resigned two days after the Seminoles were defeated 30-0 by Wake Forest in mid-November, was paid by the school's booster organization to resign.

Linebackers coach Kevin Steele also left, joining new Alabama coach Nick Saban.

Bowden still has two vacancies to fill on his staff.

The Seminoles finished 7-6 following a 44-27 Emerald Bowl win over UCLA.

Jim Donnan is an ESPN college football analyst. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.