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FSU's Fisher won't discuss Texas coaching rumors

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is widely considered a strong candidate for the vacant coaching position at Texas.

But whether it's Texas or elsewhere, Fisher said he doesn't plan on addressing any coaching rumors as his team prepares for the BCS title game against Auburn on Jan. 6.

"I'm going to talk about our team, that's all I'm going to talk about. I ain't getting into all the rumors," Fisher said Wednesday. "It's unfair to those teams and our team. We're planning here, getting ready for a game. That's my sole focus, and that is it."

Fisher has agreed to a contract extension, according to FSU athletic director Stan Wilcox. The deal, reportedly for $4.1 million per year, was being finalized as of Dec. 7.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, also mentioned as a potential target for Texas, said he was "tickled to death" to be at Auburn. And orangebloods.com reported that Jon Gruden, who hasn't coached since the Bucs fired him after the 2008 season, is open to hearing from Texas.

Meanwhile, FSU held its first practice since beating Duke in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 7.

Fisher said he wants to ease back into a routine and treat the next five practices before a holiday break like preseason camp, focusing on fundamentals.

Junior college OL signs with Gators

GAINESVILLE — Addressing a desperate need, Florida signed junior college offensive lineman Drew Sarvary to a national letter of intent. He will enroll in January with two years of eligibility remaining.

Sarvary, 6 feet 5 and 318 pounds, played in 11 games as a freshman at Florida A&M, starting the final 10. He spent last season at Tyler (Texas) Junior College and made the All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference first team.

Coaching updates: Bowling Green hired Eastern Illinois' Dino Babers, 52, as coach. Dave Clawson left for Wake Forest this month. … Jackson State fired coach Rick Comegy, who was 55-35 in eight seasons. A school spokesman said there were factors other than Comegy's record and discipline and recruiting locally will be requirements for the next coach. … Southeast Missouri State hired Toledo defensive coordinator Tom Matukewicz, 40, as coach. Tony Samuel was fired last month.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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