Jimbo Fisher insisted on answering before Jameis Winston when asked if off-field distractions made for Winston's slow start.
Fisher will receive a new salary of about $4.1 million per year, a jump from his current $2.75 million salary, according to The Palm Beach post.
Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox confirmed that Fisher had received a contract extension but would not specify the salary.
“Throughout the year it was obviously important to take a look and see what’s going on. As we continue to improve on the field and do very well, it was time to begin talking,” Wilcox said. “I didn’t want to distract Jimbo from his task. I was able to talk with his agent and work out and come out to a pretty reasonable agreement, I think, now we’re in the process of finalizing it.”
FSU had long been rumored to be in talks with Fisher about extending his contract, hoping to fend off other schools taking greater interest in Fisher following the Seminoles' undefeated regular season.
Fisher led FSU to a 45-7 win against Duke in the ACC title game Saturday night, pushing his career record to 44-10. The Seminoles posted a 12-0 record during the 2013 regular season, putting more pressure on Florida State to bump Fisher's pay.
“We were being very sensitive to a number of things that were happening,” Wilcox said. “The timing, we really wanted the timing to be after this game, so could Jimbo could address the media about this game.”
Despite the extension, it still may not be enough to completely shut down efforts from other big-name schools interested in Fisher. Texas is among the wealthiest college football programs in the country and has long been rumored to be considering replacing veteran coach Mack Brown.
Fisher does appear to have strong ties in Tallahassee. He has noted how much it has meant to his family to have the community’s support while seeking treatment for his son’s rare blood disorder, Fanconi anemia. The Fishers have had a lot of help raising funds and leading bone-marrow drives in an effort to find a match for Ethan Fisher, should he need a transplant, and to assist others who need bone marrow transplants to treat life-threatening diseases.