FSU Football: Top 5 Positives of Jimbo Fisher Staying at FSU

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Nov 5, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher watches his team during the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like FSU football will not have to search for a new head coach after all. We check out he five positives of Jimbo Fisher staying at FSU.

FSU football head coach Jimbo Fisher has owned the SEC since becoming head coach in 2010. He’s 8-1 and now it looks like he’ll be adding more SEC scalps to his record while remaining at FSU.

We laid out the reasons why we thought Fisher would choose to stay at FSU instead of heading to LSU.

We realized fans were disgruntled that schools keep coming after Jimbo after chatting with them on social media.

Some had gotten to the point that they were almost wishing Fisher would goto LSU instead of staying which was a mistake based entirely on emotion.

Fisher staying at FSU is one of the best things that could happen for FSU football. We look at the top five reasons.

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Nov 19, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher has a word with an official to dispute a call during the fourth quarter of a game against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. Florida State won 45-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

FSU Keeps A Top 4 Coach

It was rather ridiculous that FSU fans had gotten to the point that they didnt’ care if Jimbo Fisher left FSU for LSU.

Again, those feelings were based on raw emotion due to the love of their university, but we doubt they really realized the ramifications if Jimbo were to leave in that fashion.

It was exactly the opposite of what Fisher teaches when it comes to results vs. process.

Jimbo Fisher is one of the top four coaches in the nation along with Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh.

Think about that. Your school has and will keep one of the top four coaches in the nation. If he would have left, sure he could be replaced with another good coach. However, the odds of that coach being as good as coach Fisher are pretty much zero.

A coaching record of 76-17 (81 winning percentage) is nothing to sneeze at folks.

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Oct 1, 2016; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end DeMarcus Walker (44) and defensive end Jamarcus Robinson (11) along with defensive coordinator Charles Kelly look on during the game against the North Carolina Tarheels at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Eliminates Distractions

All of these reasons will be somewhat intertwined, but this one is more so about the currently players on the team.

Dalvin Cook will likely declare for the NFL draft and DeMarcus Walker, Freddie Stevenson and Marquez White will graduate or exhaust eligibility.

However, the other younger players will not have to worry about their future or major changes that could come about with a head coaching change.

They can focus on the upcoming rivalry game against Florida and continue their dominance of the SEC, and prepare for a good bowl game later this year.

If Fisher would have decided to take the LSU offer, there’s no guarantee he would have coached FSU in its bowl game which would have sucked for the aforementioned players above.

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Nov 14, 2015; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State University defensive back Derwin James (3) before the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Recruiting

FSU football currently has the No. 10 recruiting class for 2017 and the No. 2 class in the ACC just behind Clemson.

There are currently 14 commitments in the class, and FSU is in the running for a number of elite players. The class stands at 57 percent four-star or better which is right around Fisher’s annual average.

A coaching change at this point would have likely been devastating to recruiting with National Signing Day just over two months to go.

Who would have hired in such a short span to keep recruits from jumping ship?

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Sep 10, 2016; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminole cheerleaders celebrate a first half score against Charleston Southern at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

Future Stability

Now that Jimbo Fisher has turned down LSU twice, it will likely make other major colleges give pause before pursuing him in the future.

Fisher deciding to stay at FSU lets others know that he will likely be at FSU for the long haul, and it would take a perfect storm for him to leave.

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By perfect storm, I mean an opening at Alabama once Nick Saban decides to leave.

That bodes well for FSU football since they likely will not have to deal with coaching distractions for the foreseeable future.

A top four coach that brings in a top 5 recruiting class every year while continuously being in the running to win the ACC?

Yes, please.

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Dec 6, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher holds up the ACC trophy after defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bank of America Stadium. FSU defeated Georgia Tech 37-35. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Prestige

The FSU football job was already a top 10 job in my opinion. The program is a national program that’s draws the highest TV ratings of any team in the ACC.

FSU has three national championships in the last quarter century, and more wins than any other program since 1980.

Jimbo Fisher deciding to stay at FSU instead of leaving for LSU adds to that prestige factor. Think of it this way.

A guy is dating one of the best looking girls at the school, and another girl of the same stature shows interest in him.

If he left the current girl for the new girl, the perception would be the new girl was “better” in some fashion.

If Fisher would have left, the perception would have been that FSU is a gateway coaching gig to the SEC. Trust me, the media would have run with that narrative.

Fisher staying adds a bit of prestige to the FSU coaching gig and helps solidify it as one of the premier jobs in all of college football.

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