Meet a candidate: Jimbo Fisher

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Born: October 9, 1965 (age 47)

Education: Samford

Current Position: Head coach, Florida State University

Record: 30-10 (.750)

Playing Career: Salem College (1985-86), Samford (1987)

Family: Wife, Candi, two sons Trey and Ethan

Coaching Stops: Samford offensive coordinator (1991-92), Auburn quarterbacks (1993-98), Cincinnati quarterbacks (1999), LSU offensive coordinator/quarterbacks (2000-06), Florida State offensive coordinator/quarterbacks (2007-10)


First and foremost, what sticks out of Jimbo Fisher is his head coaching record of 30-10. He is in his third season at the helm of the Seminoles and has them atop the ACC once again. Fisher captured his first title Saturday night winning the title in a nail biter over Georgia Tech, 21-15 and securing a BCS Bowl bid.

Fisher has the Seminoles back to national prominence and has done so through the recruiting ranks securing the No. 18 (2009), No. 9 (2010) No. 1 (2011) and No. 11 (2012) classes according to FOX Sports NEXT. He currently has the No. 15 class in 2013.

He has showed an innate ability to attract the top talent from around the country in order to produce wins on the football field. With recruiting as the lifeblood of his program, his teams are 2-0 in the post season with an Orange Bowl upcoming.

Fisher has also shown a knack for developing quarterbacks having served as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the majority of his career. Fisher has sent 11 quarterbacks to the NFL ranks, including 2011 first-round pick Christian Ponder. And current signal caller E.J. Manuel was the most accurate passer (66.1 career completion percentage) in FSU history heading into his final season in 2012.

Prior to his time at Florida State, Fisher had a career catapulting stop at LSU, where Nick Saban and Fisher's offense saw the Tigers attend seven consecutive bowl appearances, win two SEC titles, post a 70-20 record and a grab the 2003 BCS National Championship with Fisher as its offensive coordinator. He was a finalist for the 2001 Frank Broyles Award, presented to the nation's top assistant coach.

Fisher brings a family atmosphere to his program where his wife, Candi Fisher and their sons, Trey and Ethan, are regular visitors in the football office and on the practice field. So, too are the spouses and children of other members of his FSU coaching staff.


Fisher shows both a talent for coaching winning teams and attracting the top players in the country to join his program. More than anything, Tennessee needs someone that can go into living rooms and win recruiting battles against the likes of Nick Saban and Les Miles. Not only can Fisher do this, he has done it.


Tennessee fans like coaches with Tennessee ties and frankly Fisher doesn't have them. In fact, he has far more ties to the Vols arch rival and current Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Fisher knows the conference, but not from the Orange & White perspective. If fans can look past that, he might just be the fan for the job.

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