Monday, January 8, 2007
Florida State hires Fisher to replace Jeff Bowden
ESPN.com 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
"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
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
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
Jim Donnan is an ESPN college football analyst. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.