Sunday, February 18, 2018
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The Jimbo Fisher-Florida State drama could end today

Update, 7 p.m.: Or the uncertainty will last another day.

Texas A&M's board of regents met for more than two and a half hours Thursday afternoon to discuss issues related to a new head coach. The board adjourned with no action taken, but with the expectation of another meeting in the coming days to confirm or reject a coach.

In Tallahassee, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he expects to coach in the Seminoles regular-season finale Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe. Despite the ongoing drama and uncertainty surrounding his future and the program, Fisher said he has no regrets about how he's handled the last week.

"We're trying to finish the season," Fisher said. "Win the game and get to a bowl game."

Update, 1:30: Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher had another opportunity to confirm that he'll hold that title next season.

And again, he declined to do so.

"I'm not going to talk about jobs," Fisher said Thursday afternoon in a previously scheduled interview on SiriusXM.

Fisher said his focus is on Saturday's regular-season finale against Louisiana-Monroe.

"I always make decisions at the end of the year, after things finish," Fisher said.

The original story, posted Thursday morning, is below.

The uncertainty surrounding Jimbo Fisher's future at Florida State looks to be nearing an end – perhaps as soon as today.

Texas A&M's board of regents has a meeting scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to discuss "issues relating to appointment of new head coach."

Regardless of what happens there, the pressure for Fisher to make a decision about his future is increasing at FSU.

A situation described as "disastrous" Wednesday has only gotten worse. Some key figures around the program question whether the relationship is salvageable – and whether Fisher should coach in Saturday's regular-season finale against Louisiana-Monroe.

A fan who started to question Fisher's loyalty during his call-in show Wednesday night was shoved out, as shown in this video from the Orlando Sentinel. 

The Seminoles also lost three recruits: four-star IMG offensive lineman Verdis Brown, four-star IMG defensive back Houston Griffith and three-star defensive back Israel Mukuamu. The decommits dropped FSU's class from ninth nationally to No. 14.

And it could fall farther, as others are publicly questioning the situation.

Those developments contradict what Fisher said Monday, when asked about whether the rumors would hurt recruiting

"Recruited very well since I've been here, haven't we?" Fisher said.

While rumors of Fisher and other jobs aren't new, this one is different. That's why the Seminoles are vetting Oregon coach (and former USF coach) Willie Taggart. Among the other names you'll hear, if Fisher leaves: Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente, USF coach Charlie Strong, Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz (an FSU alumnus and former Seminoles grad assistant) and Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren (another FSU alum and Tallahassee native).

The drama is  having a clear, negative effect on FSU. The feeling around the program is that it can't continue much longer.

Maybe not even beyond today.

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