Florida State locks up Jimbo Fisher with extension through 2019

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Jimbo Fisher has reportedly signed a new contract with Florida State.  (USATSI)
Jimbo Fisher has reportedly signed a new contract with Florida State. (USATSI)

Jimbo Fisher signed his new contract extension with Florida State on Tuesday morning before the team departed for Pasadena. The new deal will keep Fisher in Tallahassee until at least January 2019.

The Tallahassee Democrat and Warchant.com, Rivals.com's Florida State site, first reported the news Tuesday, which Florida State fans hope will keep Fisher out of serious consideration to replace Mack Brown at Texas.

"We are extremely pleased with the direction of our program and believe that his new contract will assure that Coach Fisher is in place to lead the Seminoles for a long time to come," Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a statement. "Coach Fisher enjoys the full support of the leadership of the university and we look forward to the continued success of our football program on the field and in the classroom."

According to the university, a copy of the contract will not be available until later this week but the new deal includes a raise in annual compensation for Fisher.

Fisher's new deal was first reported on Dec. 7, just before Florida State's victory in the ACC Championship game against Duke. According to Warchant.com, the details of that contract -- which reportedly includes a base salary of over $4.1 million per year, making Fisher one of the highest paid coaches in college football -- took a few weeks to finalize.

The Florida State head coach is believed to be on a short list of targets for Texas athletic director Steve Patterson, who told reporters this week that he hopes to have a new coach hired by Jan. 15, the end of the recruiting dead period before national signing day.

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