Fresh off a 9-3 season and with a trip to the Orange Bowl coming up, Florida State has extended the coaching contract of Jimbo Fisher through the 2024 season "with options for additional years," the school announced Monday.
Though terms of Fisher's new deal were not revealed in the announcement, the Seminoles contend that he remains "one of college football's highest paid coaches" with the agreement. The Tallahassee Democrat reports Fisher's extension is for two years and will pay him $5.5 million next season. Fisher's eight-year deal also guarantees up to two automatic one-year extensions if he wins at least nine games. The total guaranteed amount for Fisher's new deal will hit at least $44.4 million.
Under Jimbo Fisher's new 8-yr deal, first 9-win season will add another yr at $5.65M, second 9-win season will add another yr at $5.75M— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) December 19, 2016
Fisher made $5.25 million in 2016, per the USA Today salary database, which made him the fifth-highest paid coach in college football.
"Coach Fisher has done an outstanding job in leading our football program, and is clearly one of the top coaches in college football," FSU athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a statement. "He is committed to maintaining the elite status of FSU football and we are fortunate and proud to secure him for the long term."
Fisher, who has been the head coach at Florida State since 2010, was heavily connected to the LSU vacancy after the school fired Les Miles mid-season. Fisher was an offensive coordinator for the Tigers from 2000-06 under Nick Saban and Miles. Last month, LSU was reportedly heavily considering Fisher and then-Houston coach Tom Herman. However, talks with both coaches eventually fell through. Fisher stayed at Florida State -- with presumably a new contract/promises coming -- and Herman replaced Charlie Strong at Texas.
Fisher was also reported to be in negotiations with LSU last season when Miles' fate appeared sealed, but late-arriving support for Miles ended them. Fisher also said in September he's had "people inquire" at the NFL level about his services, but added the "NFL is not something that I'm driving to do."
Fisher is 77-17 in seven years at Florida State and led the Seminoles to a national championship during the 2013-14 season.