The coveted Jimbo Fisher.
Could Jimbo Fisher be heading to the SEC? Wolken says a person close to Fisher highlighted his long and still-healthy relationship with Texas A&M athletics director Scott Woodward. But at 6-4 and with losses in three of its last four Southeastern Conference matchups - all three coming at home - the thinking is that Sumlin's tenure is over even if the Aggies win their remaining two games against MS and LSU.
Still, there are signs of distress in Tallahassee.
FSU, which opened the year at No. 3 in the country but now is 3-6 with three games remaining, is in danger of finishing with a losing record for the first time in Fisher's eight seasons as head coach. And ahead of last weekend's loss to Clemson, Fisher spoke glowingly about the defending national champion's financial commitment to its football program, comments that were "not well-received among FSU fans and administrators, particularly given the contract extension Fisher received last December and the multimillion-dollar facility upgrades the school has made under his watch", Wolken reports.
Texas A&M is expected to gauge Fisher's interest once the school parts ways with current coach Kevin Sumlin at the end of the season, citing two people familiar with the situation, according to the report. And FootballScoop.com, which closely covers the college football coaching industry, reported that more than one coach told them that Fisher would be "willing to listen" to the Volunteers.
Rumors of Fisher's departure have become a near-annual event, with LSU reportedly kicking his tires on multiple occasions.
Warchant.com reported in October that the Aggies would have real interest in Fisher once they decided to make a change from Sumlin.