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Florida State Seminoles will pay Jimbo Fisher $5-million if they pass on him as Bobby Bowden's successor

Jimbo Fisher and FSU upped the numbers for a buyout and the penalty if he isn’t kept.

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Jimbo Fisher and FSU upped the numbers for a buyout and the penalty if he isn’t kept.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State offensive coordinator/head coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher would receive $5-million, up from $2.5-million, if he has complied with his obligations and the school does not offer him the job as Bobby Bowden's successor by Jan. 10, 2011, according to his deal that was quietly amended in May.

Similarly, if he were to leave for another job, he (or the school that hires him) would owe FSU $5-million, twice the amount that was agreed to last December, according to records obtained Friday by the St. Petersburg Times.

Fisher, who flirted with West Virginia late last December, has been fighting rumors for the past week that he was a candidate for the head coach job at Auburn.

Fisher said he not only faced repeated questions from the media, but from recruits as well.

"A couple of kids worried, and I said, 'Have I ever lied (to you)?' " Fisher said. "I'm extremely happy here. … We're building the right things."

Ponder healthy: Sophomore QB Christian Ponder, who struggled with a bad back against the Gators, appeared fully recovered and threw well as practice for the bowl game began.

UF: Meyer still sees ND as his 'dream job'

Four years after choosing Florida over Notre Dame, Urban Meyer said on a South Florida radio show Wednesday that coaching the Irish was "still my dream job; that hasn't changed," the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"Once my kids are done, maybe someday I'll go coach there," Meyer told 560-AM in Miami. "I don't know that. That's way down the road. Being a father and being able to recruit the best athletes in America within a five-hour radius of my home, that's why I came to Florida. I thought we could have a great chance at success."

USF: Selvie honored

TAMPA — USF DE George Selvie was named a second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Selvie, a first-team Camp selection last season, finished the regular season with 51/2 sacks and 121/2 tackles for loss while limited by an ankle injury and facing consistent double teams.

The junior became USF's first repeat All-American last week when he was a first-team selection of the American Football Coaches Association.

QB says yes: USF picked up its first oral commitment toward the 2010 recruiting class from Brion Carnes, a junior quarterback at Bradenton Manatee.

Carnes, a third-year starter, has been timed with 4.5 speed for 40 yards, according to Manatee coach Joe Kinnan.

Carnes is friends with USF freshman safety Jerrell Young and has visited practice.

Times staff writer Greg Auman and correspondent Ira Schoffel contributed to this report.


Bowl games

USF vs. Memphis: St. Petersburg Bowl; 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20

FSU vs. Wisconsin: Champs Sports Bowl, Orlando; 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27

Miami vs. Cal: Emerald Bowl, San Francisco; 8 p.m. Dec. 27

Florida vs. Oklahoma: BCS title game, Miami; 8 p.m. Jan. 8

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