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FSU, Fisher reportedly agree to extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Florida State's Jimbo Fisher has agreed to a new contract that will boost him into the 10 highest-paid coaches in the country, the Palm Beach Post reported Saturday.

The deal, expected to be announced this week, would pay Fisher an average of about $4.1 million and last five to seven years, the Post reported.

FSU spokesman Elliott Finebloom said the school could not confirm the report.

Fisher, 43-10 in four seasons entering Saturday's ACC title game against Duke since taking over for Bobby Bowden, currently makes $2.75 million a season. He could earn $675,000 in bonuses if the Seminoles win the national title.

Alabama's Nick Saban is the highest-paid coach at $5.55 million per season.

SEEING BOTH SIDES: Last year at this time, Stan Wilcox was the Duke senior deputy athletic director overseeing the day-to-day operations of the football program.

Saturday night, he was among the large Florida State contingent rooting against Duke.

Wilcox, who was hired in August as FSU's athletic director, watched the Blue Devils and Seminoles meet for the ACC championship with a ton of mixed emotions.

"I definitely for the entire year have been pulling for Duke," Wilcox said. "When we're in our box watching our game, I would put on my iPad or my iPhone and follow up and see how Duke is doing because I was there with those kids, helped recruit those kids and want to see them do well.

"It's totally a sense of pride to see how they've made it and how well they're doing, particularly for Coach Cut (David Cutcliffe) because he's gone through a lot to build that program. It takes a lot of sweat and tears to get it to where it is now."

Cutcliffe warmly acknowledged Wilcox and his contributions to Duke football during his opening statements at a news conference Friday, saying: "I think magic follows him wherever he goes."

Wilcox said his job at FSU is a testament to the experience and knowledge he received at Duke. As for the Seminoles, Wilcox said he's following the lead of Fisher and focusing on one day at a time.

"As I tell everybody, I say I caught the big wave at Hawaii and I'm trying to just ride it to shore," he said, jokingly. "And so far, I see the shoreline. I'm almost there. We're going to get there.

WHAT ABOUT OUR SCHEDULE? Heading into the game, FSU, according to Jeff Sagarin's formula, had played the nation's 66th-toughest schedule. But Fisher scoffed at any notion the Seminoles haven't played tough competition.

"I know in the ACC we have 11 teams bowl-eligible. I don't know if anybody else has that," Fisher said.

"So I would say our strength of schedule is pretty good by playing in this conference. We have 11 teams going to go to bowl games, and that has a lot of nonconference games involved in that. So to me, it talks about the ACC, and I think our conference has to take a backseat to nobody."

RECORD-SETTER: With his 45-yard field goal in the second quarter, FSU's Roberto Aguayo set a school and ACC record with 142 points. The previous record was held by former Seminoles kicker Dustin Hopkins.

SMALL VICTORY: Duke held FSU scoreless in the first quarter. The last time the Seminoles were held scoreless in the first quarter was Nov. 24, 2012, against Florida.

FSU, Fisher reportedly agree to extension 12/07/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 7, 2013 11:07pm]
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