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ACC football reacts to Jimbo Fisher leaving Florida State

“So Jimbo took that job, huh?” Dabo Swinney said. Yes. Yes, he did.
With Jimbo Fisher (left) gone, Mark Richt (right) is about to become the longest-tenured coach in the state. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
With Jimbo Fisher (left) gone, Mark Richt (right) is about to become the longest-tenured coach in the state. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Published Dec. 1, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As Clemson coach Dabo Swinney left Friday's news conference before the ACC title game, he brought up the other massive story in the league.

"So Jimbo took that job, huh?"

Yes, Dabo. Yes, he did.

Jimbo Fisher resigned from Florida State on Friday to become the next coach at Texas A&M. The move is part of a blockbuster day in college football, and it's resonating here, even as No. 7 Miami prepares to play No. 1 Clemson with a College Football Playoff berth at stake.

"I know that he did an unbelievable job at Florida State…" Swinney said. "It's been a great competitive journey. I've known him forever. When I was at Alabama, he was at Auburn. If that's what he's doing, evidently he feels like that's the right move for him and his family and the right time to do so."

Swinney said the Seminoles shouldn't have  problems finding a good replacement for Fisher. Likely candidates include Oregon's Willie Taggart, Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente and USF coach Charlie Strong.

ACC commissioner John Swofford isn't concerned about FSU's future, either.

"I think Florida State is one of the absolutely best coaching jobs in college football," Swofford told the Orlando Sentinel's Matt Murschel. "I don't think there's any question that (AD) Stan Wilcox and President (John) Thrasher will attract a high-quality coach. It's such an established program and has everything there to compete for ACC and national championships. I would hope and expect that to continue."

With Fisher gone, and UCF's Scott Frost seemingly headed for Nebraska, the longest-tenured coach in the state will be … Miami's Mark Richt. He's in his second season.

I mentioned that distinction to Richt this afternoon, just before he started his news conference at Bank of America Stadium.

"Things change in a hurry," Richt said.

But what's the old saying? The more things change, the more they stay the same?

Check out the Aggies' 2018 schedule. Fisher's third game will be against Louisiana-Monroe – the team his Seminoles will face without him tomorrow.

His second game? Against Swinney's Tigers.

"I can't get rid of him," Swinney joked. "(He'll) still be a thorn in our side."