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Players: If Jimbo Fisher stays, we’re leaving

Things have become untenable for Jimbo Fisher in Tallahassee.

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Update: If the players leave now it won’t be because of Jimbo Fisher; he’s gone.

The week-long saga of Jimbo Fisher leaving the Florida State Seminoles program for Texas A&M has resulted in many rumors. Some are true, while some are not.

I was chasing down a rumor about a potential player boycott should Jimbo Fisher be allowed to coach the game against Louisiana Monroe, but did not find anything to substantiate it.

What I did find, however, was multiple players who stated firmly that they can no longer trust Jimbo Fisher, and that if he comes back, they intend to transfer. They spoke on the condition of anonymity.

“If he’s back, I’m out.”

This is a changed sentiment from earlier in the year, when I reported that they would plan to transfer if their position coach was retained for the 2018 season. Much of the staff should have probably been dismissed following the 2016 campaign, and the message has gone stale.

Now the sentiment has changed, and these players do not want to play for the head coach. He failed to satisfactorily address his future status in an awkward team meeting Thursday.

It is not yet settled whether Fisher will coach the game.