Next Step

Through much of the weekend, it looked as if Jimbo Fisher might be the next head coach at West Virginia.

That possibility ended on Sunday evening when Fisher released a statement saying he was staying at Florida State.

"I know media reports are circulating regarding the possibility of West Virginia's head coaching position. I am a native of West Virginia and love the state but I want to make clear that I am staying at Florida State. I am committed to this university, this program and these players. I am excited about where I am and where Seminole football is headed," Fisher said.

Reported indirect negotiations between Fisher and West Virginia apparently hit a snag on Sunday. The status of a formal offer to the Florida State offensive coordinator was unclear, but it was apparent that he had become the Mountaineers' number one target.

With Fisher off the board, West Virginia could make an offer to a second candidate, or could reopen the interview process. Terry Bowden has been mentioned by many as being next in line for an offer, but that has not been confirmed as of Sunday night. Bowden and John "Doc" Holliday were two candidates reportedly presented as possibilities to the Board of Governors before negotiations with Fisher's representatives began.

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