TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday that he’s “committed to this football program” when asked about his future with the Noles, according to cbssports.com.
Fisher’s name had come up in relation to the open head coaching position at Auburn University. Fisher has deep ties to the SEC, but a move to take over the second school in the state of Alabama wasn’t likely for the Noles head coach.
FSU returns a wealth of talent next season and should once again be in contention for a BCS bowl bid and Atlantic Coast Conference championship. Auburn returns some talent, but will be in major rebuilding mode for a few years and is far behind in-state rival Alabama in talent, coaching and athletic departments.
In addition, Auburn is reportedly under investigation by the NCAA for possible rules violations. With Fisher out of the picture, Auburn can go in a lot of different directions with the new head coach.
Among the names rumored to be on Auburn’s list are Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn. Former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino has been rumored to be a candidate, but would likely be a tough sell based on his past.