Possible Coaching Candidate: Jimbo Fisher

One of the more intriguing possibilities for the vacant head coach position at the University of Miami is current Louisiana State University offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher.

Fisher has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at LSU since 2000, and has managed great success managing the Tigers offense.

He is a relatively unknown name, simply because LSU's offense has never been given as much credit as their defense, which has been ranked #1 for most of the year. Fisher is a young coach (just 41 years old) who has steadily moved up the coaching ranks since he began coaching in 1988 as a graduate assistant/quarterbacks coach at Samford.

A move to Miami would certainly be a step forward from his current position, which he has held for nearly 7 seasons.

The biggest appeal of a coach like Fisher is his balanced offensive approach and his ability to recruit talent at multiple positions from hotbeds such as Louisiana and Florida. Since he has taken over at LSU, Fisher has run a pro-style system reminiscent of old Miami teams. His offensive system has yielded well over 400 yards a game nearly every year during his tenure. They have done so by using a strong running game to set up the pass.

Every Miami fan remembers (but wants to forget) the impressive display put on by LSU against a mentally defeated Hurricanes team in the 2006 Chic Fil-a Peach Bowl. What they may not remember is that LSU used their backup quarterback in that game. Fisher's ability as a quarterback coach is rivaled by few in the country. In six years, he has developed four LSU quarterbacks into future NFL draft picks: Josh Booty, Rohan Davey, Craig Nall and Matt Mauck.

This season, the trend has continued with Fisher's offense. JaMarcus Russell is the third leading passer in the NCAA, and LSU's running back-by-committee approach has yielded almost 2000 yards rushing on the year. Fisher's approach to running the ball is particularly intriguing because of the stable of backs he'd have at his disposal at Miami.

There are rumblings coming out of Baton Rouge that Fisher's offense has been handcuffed by LSU head coach Les Miles and that he is interested in advancing his career.

If those rumors are true, then what better place to begin his head coaching career then Miami? In Coral Gables, he'd have complete control over his explosive offensive system and be able to handpick talent from South Florida to run his scheme.

If the Hurricanes are looking for young and hungry head coach who teaches a balanced pro style offensive system, then they need look no further.

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