As with any head coaching search, particularly in the world of college football where every university thinks they can get what they want (see: Arkansas and Les Miles). While Arkansas isn’t trying to pry any SEC coaches away from their teams, they’re looking not too far short of that in the ACC, specifically a few hundred miles west of Baton Rouge in Tallahassee.
According to multiple reports, Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher is one of Auburn’s top targets to replace Gene Chizik, whom they fired on Sunday. While Auburn is batting their eyes at Fisher, he reiterated that he’s a married coach and won’t be cheating or divorcing his current program any time soon.
“I’m very happy right here.” Fisher said. “I’m content to be here, this is where I want to be. We’re building something special. We’ve got great players. We’ve got great players to come and be here. It’s a great place to live, my family is set up in this community, and I plan on being here a long time.”
If Fisher were to renege on his word, he wouldn’t be the first guy to do it. Let’s not forget Nick Saban’s adamant plea that he wasn’t going to coach Alabama and leave the Miami Dolphins in the dust — which was exactly what he proceeded to do.
But Coaching Auburn and coaching Florida State does not equate to leaving a terrible NFL franchise to take over a prominent SEC program. Granted, Auburn is just two years removed from a National Championship, Jimbo and the Seminoles are geared up far better to make a title run a lot sooner. The ACC is considered by many to be a soft conference especially in comparison to the SEC, and the Noles have a heritage when it comes to college football dominance.
Besides, Fisher is in line to get a significant salary bump from the near $3 million he made this year, so if Auburn wants him they’ll have to come hard and large with the checkbook.