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FSU’s Jimbo Fisher ranked only sixth in coaching rankings

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It’s been three years since FSU was No. 1.

Still, why is coach Jimbo Fisher only No. 6?

Fisher was just outside of the Top Five football coaches in a recent ranking of the Power Five conference coaches.

Oh, you can probably understand Nick Saban, whose team won the national title this year, or Urban Meyer, whose team won it last year. But Fisher also ranked behind TCU’s Gary Patterson, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio in the CBS Sports rankings.

Peterson and Dantonio have never won a national title.

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney was eighth.

Also in the rankings were Miami coach Mark Richt (18th) and Florida coach Jim McElwain (27th)

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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