Report: Florida State prepping backup plans in case Jimbo Fisher bolts to Texas A&M

While Texas A&M reportedly waits for a decision from Jimbo Fisher, Florida State has reportedly begun the background work on replacement candidates should Fisher decide to leave Tallahassee. According to Dan Wolken of USA Today, Florida State officials have started preparing for Fisher's departure

It's important to note, Wolken wrote, that both Florida State and Texas A&M are currently unaware of Fisher's intentions, but should the national title-winning coach choose to accept what is expected to be lucrative offer (remember, no offers are made until the coach is hired these days) FSU wants to be prepared for its own coaching search. 

The search will reportedly include Oregon coach Willie Taggart as a top candidate. 

Citing a source close to the situation, Noles247 confirmed that FSU began looking at Taggart and other coaches "as recently as Sunday."

Taggart went 10-2 at South Florida in 2016 and 7-5 this year in his first season with Oregon. At South Florida, he recruited the state well, and with his high-powered offense and in-state ties, it is believed that the 41-year old Bradenton, Florida, native would be one of the top targets should Fisher leave for Texas A&M. 

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