Florida State president John E. Thrasher said in a Periscope interview Thursday he believes head football coach Jimbo Fisher will remain in Tallahassee after this season, despite reports Texas A&M will pursue the coach should Kevin Sumlin be fired.
“Jimbo is here forever,” Thrasher told Florida Times-Union reporter Tia Mitchell. “As long as he wants to be. He’s good. He’s as good as gold. He’s going to be here.”
When asked if Fisher will remain the head coach if he follows the current 3-6 season with another poor performance next year, Thrasher responded with confidence in the coach who led the Seminoles to a 2013 BCS National Championship.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, but I’m confident that we’re going to be good next season. I think we’ve had some tough breaks this year,” Thrasher said.
Thrasher's comments on Fisher begin around the 20:15 mark of the video.
Thrasher cited a season-opening injury to quarterback Deondre Francois and the upheaval to scheduling that Hurricane Irma brought upon the program as this season’s major setbacks.
The USA Today reported Tuesday that A&M is interested in nabbing Fisher from Florida State at the end of the season, should the university move away from Sumlin. A&M athletic director Scott Woodward has previously worked with Fisher when the two were at LSU.
After leading the Aggies to an 11-win season in 2012, Sumlin’s win totals have trailed off, including three straight eight-win campaigns. Currently, the Aggies are 6-4 with two games remaining in the regular season.