Fisher To Replace Bowden At FSU

Offensive coordinator will take over for legendary coach

Dec. 5, 2007

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Ticker) -- When Bobby Bowden decides to retire, Jimbo Fisher will succeed him as coach at Florida State, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

While no official announcement has been made, the school has a news conference scheduled for Monday at 11:30 a.m. to address the coaching situation.

Fisher, who is in first season as the Seminoles' offensive coordinator, is expected to agree to a three-year contract that will pay him under $1 million per season.

According to a report, if for any reason Fisher is not named coach, the school would pay him a mult-million buyout.

Bowden, college football's all-time winningest coach with 373 victories, last week agreed to a one-year contract extension that will pay him $2.5 million per season and includes a payment of $1 million upon his retirement.

The 78-year-old Bowden has posted a 300-86-4 record in 32 years at Florida State, leading the Seminoles to 31 consecutive winning seasons since his second year at the school in 1976.

Still, Florida State has struggled in recent years - going just 13-11 in the last two seasons, including 7-5 this year - and some Seminoles' fans have called for his retirement.

However, Florida State president T.K. Wetherell has said that Bowden can coach at the school for as the long as he wants.