Report: Fisher agrees to 5-year deal at FSU

From Mark Schlabach of

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State officials will announce as early as Friday that new football coach Jimbo Fisher has agreed to a five-year contract that will pay him $1.85 million annually, sources close to the situation told

Fisher, 44, will replace legendary coach Bobby Bowden after the Seminoles play West Virginia in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., on New Year's Day.

Bowden, 80, was forced to resign Dec. 1 after the Seminoles finished 6-6, the third time in four years they lost six games in a season.

Fisher was named FSU's offensive coordinator in 2007 and Bowden's eventual successor before the end of that season.

Fisher's contract at FSU specified that the school's booster organization would owe him $5 million if he wasn't named the Seminoles' coach by January 2011. It will be Fisher's first head-coaching job.

Bowden hoped to return to FSU for the 2010 season, but he was forced to retire by athletics director Randy Spetman and university president T.K. Wetherell.

Bowden will retire as the second-winningest coach in major college football behind Penn State's Joe Paterno. Bowden has won 388 games in his career at Samford, West Virginia and Florida State, where he spent the last 34 seasons.


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