After a week of chatter and reports, Jimbo Fisher appears to be staying at Florida State.
Fisher won a national title as LSU’s offensive coordinator and was reportedly on the school’s short list to replace Les Miles. But LSU promoted interim head coach Ed Orgeron to be the Tigers’ permanent head coach on Saturday afternoon. Orgeron went 5-2 as the interim coach after Miles opened the year 2-2.
The 51-year-old Fisher is 76-17 in seven seasons as FSU’s head coach. He is 7-0 vs. Miami and 5-1 against Florida going into Saturday night’s game against the Gators.
This is the second season in a row media reports have had LSU pursuing Fisher, who is under contract with FSU through 2022. He made $5.25 million in 2015 (including incentives) and had a $5 million buyout if Fisher left FSU for any other college job before Dec. 31, 2016. That buyout drops to $3 million in 2017.
He is now wrapping up his 10th season in Tallahassee, which includes three seasons as Bobby Bowden’s offensive coordinator (2006-09). Fisher guided the Seminoles to the 2013 national title and three ACC titles from 2012-14.
Gators lose starter: Florida left guard Martez Ivey left the game Saturday with an injury.
UF coach Jim McElwain listed Ivey as doubtful Wednesday, but Ivey went through warmups and started against the Seminoles.
In the second quarter, however, Ivey went down with an apparently injury to his left ankle. After a few minutes on the trainer’s table, Ivey went to the locker room.
Ivey has made 19 consecutive starts for the Gators and earned SEC lineman of the week honors twice this season.
Cook’s next record: Dalvin Cook has Florida State’s single-season rushing record. And the career rushing record. Now, it’s the career rushing touchdown mark.
Cook had his 45th career rushing touchdown in the first quarter on Saturday, giving FSU a 7-0 lead. That broke Greg Allen’s record of 44 rushing TDs, set in 1984.
Allen was in attendance on Saturday night and said he’s fine with Cook breaking the record.
“I think that many years, it’s long enough,” Allen said. “He hits the hole and he goes … He turns it on. He’s fast.”
Cook broke Warrick Dunn’s FSU career rushing record (3,959) last week at Syracuse, and the junior has surpassed the 4,000-yard rushing mark in three seasons. Cook had broken Dunn’s single-season rushing record in 2015.
Francois for 3,000 yards: Deondre Francois surpassed the 3,000-yard passing mark in the first quarter on Saturday. Francois came into the game with 2,990 passing yards.
He is just the third FSU redshirt freshman to do hit the 3,000-passing yard mark, joining Jameis Winston (2013) and Drew Weatherford.
Francois has impressed coaches and teammates with his toughness, and that was echoed by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Charlie Ward.
“He’s really tough but he’s really poised, which is another great characteristic, quality that you have to have as a quarterback,” said Ward, who led FSU to a national title in 1993. “And he’s a playmaker — he’s made plays with his arm and he’s made plays with his arm. I’m grateful that’s he’s playing for us.”
Honoring Monk: FSU paid respect to a former All-American and longtime athletics department administrator on Saturday. Monk Bonasorte, 59, passed away after a year-long battle with cancer on Nov. 19.
Bonasorte’s family was present for a moment of silence pregame, and the 42-yard-line markers were blacked out in remembrance of Bonasorte, who wore No. 42 as an All-American cornerback from 1977-80.
FSU will hold a service for Bonasorte on Monday at 3 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium.