Report: Fisher Considering Offer From NC State

Pack Pride
Posted Jan 6, 2005

According to David Neal of the Miami Herald, LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher has been offered a position by NC State and is considering the offer.

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"LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher is weighing offers from the Dolphins, North Carolina State and LSU. It generally is believed he is more likely to stay in the college ranks."

It is believed that Fisher is choosing between serving as a position coach under Nick Saban with the Miami Dolphins, or the offensive coordinator positions at NC State and LSU respectively.

New LSU head coach Les Miles will likely call the offensive plays from the sidelines, so if Fisher remains at LSU his role would probably be diminished.

At NC State he could have full control of the offense, as Wolfpack head coach Chuck Amato is considered a defensive-minded coach.

Jimbo Fisher is considered one of the top offensive coordinators in all of college football and is also an outstanding recruiter.

Fisher, 39, has directed one of the Southeastern Conference's most successful offenses at LSU since the 2000 season. The Tigers were second in the SEC and 11th in the nation in total offense (451 yards per game) and passing offense (298.2 yards) in 2001 when they won the league title. He was a finalist that season for the Frank Broyles assistant coach of the year award.

His offense excelled in 2003, as the Tigers won the national championship. LSU was 19th in the nation in scoring offense (33.9 points per game), 27th in rush offense (185.7 yards per game), and 31st in total offense (418.4 yards per game).

Last season the Tigers featured a devastating ground game, finishing 20th in the nation in rush offense (193.8 yards per game) and 38th in total offense (395.6 yards per game).

Fisher also coaches LSU's quarterbacks and helped transform Josh Booty from the nation's interception leader in 1999 to a first-team All-SEC quarterback in 2000. A largely unproven Rohan Davey then became LSU's all-time passing yards and completions leader for a season with 3,347 yards and 217 completions in 2001.

In his four years at LSU he has had four quarterbacks picked in the NFL draft -- Josh Booty, Rohan Davey, Craig Nall and Matt Mauck.

Fisher came to LSU from the University of Cincinnati. He joined Cincinnati in 1999 and turned the Bearcats' offense into one of the most productive in the nation. Cincinnati finished the 1999 season ranked No. 16 in the nation in total offense with an average of 424.4 yards a contest (172.2 rushing, 252.2 passing).

Landing Fisher would be a coup for Chuck Amato and NC State, but it's not a done deal as he's reportedly considering offers from the Miami Dolphins and LSU Tigers.

Stay tuned for more from Pack Pride as this situation unfolds.

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