By Tim Linafelt
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
@Tim_Linafelt on Twitter
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – There’s been 29 straight victories, one national title and maybe another to come soon.
As hard as it is to imagine, we’re in the midst of what might be the most prosperous run in Florida State football history.
And the architect behind it all, Coach Jimbo Fisher, will be rewarded as such.
FSU on Tuesday announced a new, eight-year contract for Fisher that will keep him in Tallahassee through the 2022 season. The deal includes a salary increase that will make Fisher one of the highest-paid coaches in the country.
“Florida State is a very special place,” Fisher said in a prepared statement. “I appreciate the support of the administration in accomplishing some great things. … I look forward to continuing to build on what we are establishing.”
Consider it an early Christmas gift for Florida State fans.
In the topsy-turvy world of modern college football, the clock hardly hits zero on the final week of the regular season before the coaching carousel starts turning.
Some coaches get fired. Some retire. Each year, it creates a wave of open positions that spreads throughout the sport’s landscape.
No one is immune. We’ve seen it this year as a number of high-profile programs desperately searched – or are still searching – for the right man to get things back on track.
Everyone plays the game of coaching musical chairs.
Which is why Fisher’s new contract is such a big deal. Finding the right head coach – especially one to follow in the footsteps of a legend like Bobby Bowden – is hard. Very hard.
But Florida State has its guy.
In five short years, Fisher has established himself among college football’s elite, more than worthy of the stage he recently shared with fellow College Football Playoff participants Nick Saban and Urban Meyer.
Fisher has often said that having staff members linked to other jobs is a good thing. It means you’re doing something right.
The same applies to head coaches. What Fisher has done at Florida State is remarkable, and rest assured that the rest of the football world – both college and professional – has taken notice.
With his contract in place, Fisher and the Seminoles can prepare for their upcoming Rose Bowl semifinal against Oregon without any overtures from the annual coaching shuffle swirling around them.
And it ensures that Fisher will be the man for the job for years to come.
“Coach Fisher has done an outstanding job during his tenure as our head football coach,” Florida State President John Thrasher said. “And I am pleased that he will remain our head coach into the foreseeable future.”