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Is it time for Jimbo Fisher to slam the door on LSU rumors?

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The rumors are buzzing again. This guy heard from a guy who knows a guy who used to work with a source that Jimbo Fisher is still interested in the LSU job.

The whispers will not go away. The latest reports come from the New Orleans Times-Picayne, who quote anonymous (of course) sources suggesting Fisher, the FSU coach, is ready to take the job if his financial demands are met.

So why doesn’t Fisher just say no? Once and for all, no. He has a job. When you consider how well he has done in recruiting, he has a better job than the one LSU has open. No. Nyet. Never.

Oh, earlier in the season, Fisher said he planned to be at FSU for a long time. But planning is a different animal than pledging, isn’t it? It is time for Fisher to slam the door shut.

Maybe, then, it’s time for the fist-on-the-table, once-and-for-all statement that Fisher isn’t interested in LSU. And furthermore, got it?

Instead, the reports persist. The latest one says that Fisher is “the guy” of LSU athletic director Joe Alleva.

“Jimbo was Joe’s guy from the beginning, and I just don’t see him passing on hiring him,” a source told the newspaper. Fisher was the offensive coordinator at LSU in 2003, when the team won the national title.

What does Fisher, who has a $5-million-a-year buyout, need with the LSU pressure? What does he need with the SEC West and Nick Saban? And when is the last time a coach of a Top 20 program jumped to another Top 20 program?

At FSU, Fisher has a young program. He has recruited well — again. The ACC is tougher these days, but it isn’t Mount Saban.

If I were a coach who was interested, frankly, I think FSU’s situation is better. Unless Fisher is weary of the same scenery, I’d stay put. It’s possible to see Fisher chasing the NFL some day, but not a lateral move.

Will Fisher stay?

We’ll see. Again.

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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