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December 18, 2013

Fisher downplays coaching rumors, says focus is on FSU, title game

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With coaching rumors swirling and one of the best jobs in college football open, Jimbo Fisher's name has come up as a possible person of interest to the University of Texas and its head coaching vacancy.

Fisher discounted those rumors on Wednesday when asked, saying he was only focused on FSU's upcoming national title game against Auburn.

"I'm going to talk about our team, that's all I'm talking about," Fisher said. "I'm not getting into all the rumors. It's unfair to those teams and our team. We're playing here and getting ready for a game, that's where I plan on being, and that's my sole focus."

Fisher and Auburn's Gus Malzahn, the coaches in the upcoming national championship game, have both been floated as possible candidates for the Texas opening after Mack Brown resigned at the end of the regular season.

Fisher, 48, has led FSU to a 42-10 record in four years as a head coach and taken his team to back-to-back BCS bowl games. The Seminoles currently hold a 13-0 record, which is the best in program history in terms of wins. Malzahn has led Auburn to the SEC championship a year after the Tigers failed to win a conference game.

Fisher has also been offered a new contract from the school reported to be worth more than $4 million per year. The most recent indications from FSU are the the contract has yet to be signed. Malzahn recently signed a new 6-year, $26.85 million contract shortly before the SEC title game. He also downplayed himself as a possible person of interest for the opening at Texas.

"I'm a good fit for Auburn Tigers," Malzahn told Al.com on Monday. "That's why I signed a contract the day before the SEC Championship. Like I said before, I'm tickled to death to be here."



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