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Could Jimbo Fisher be on early morning flight from Tallahassee to Texas?

Florida State coach expected to take open Texas A&M job

Jimbo Fisher could soon be the new Texas A&M football coach.
Jimbo Fisher could soon be the new Texas A&M football coach. (Allen Kee/ESPN Images)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A private flight is scheduled to leave Tallahassee early Friday for College Station, Texas.

College Station is the home of Texas A&M, where Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is expected to take the same position with the Aggies.

According to FlightAware.com, a twin-engine propeller plane is scheduled to depart Tallahassee International Airport at 4:45 a.m. and arrive in College Station at 6:17 a.m. local time.

The registered owner of the plane is Montana-based Hat Creek Aviation LLC.

Fisher maintained Thursday that he expects to coach the Seminoles for their regular-season finale against Louisiana-Monroe, repeatedly refusing to answer whether he'll be back at Florida State in 2018.

His silence on whether he is going to take the open Texas A&M job has reportedly ruffled the feathers of some high-ranking FSU athletic officials and boosters, who seem resigned to the idea that Fisher wants out of Tallahassee.

While Florida State was holding its final practice for Saturday's game, Texas A&M's Board of Regents was meeting to discuss the hiring of a new coach. Athletic director Scott Woodward, who worked with Fisher at LSU, and chancellor John Sharp were also in the meeting when the board went to executive session.

The Seminoles (5-6) need a win Saturday to become bowl eligible for a 36th consecutive season. 

Last December, Fisher signed a contract extension through 2024 that makes him among the highest-paid coaches in the country. His $5.7 million salary is the sixth-highest among FBS coaches this season.

Florida State University president John Thrasher told The Florida Channel that he is hoping to hear about a decision soon.

"Jimbo's a great football coach and my hope would be that he stays at Florida State University, but if he has other opportunities that are more valuable to him and his family, then I certainly understand that," Thrasher said.

Earlier this week, Rick Butts, who is the godfather and guardian of quarterback James Blackman, took to social media, saying, "It's a distraction. Kill the distraction!" "I for one don't think it's fair to the fans or the players to have this thing lingering, just say what it is and keep moving," Butts also wrote.

Fisher's silence has already had an impact on recruiting as three players who were verbal commitments have said they have decided to reopen their searches.

An audience member at Fisher's weekly call-in show Wednesday asked him, "Where's the loyalty to the program?" A school representative quickly took his microphone away and ushered him out of the room, pushing him in the back at least twice.

After a loss to Louisville on Oct. 21, Fisher got into a verbal altercation with a fan who kept yelling that it is time to hire new assistant coaches.

Fisher is 83-23 in eight seasons at Florida State. He led the Seminoles to the national championship in 2013, three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and four ACC Atlantic Division crowns.

The Seminoles have struggled since 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston left school early to become the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft. They are 19-12 in their last 31 games, including 10-10 in the ACC.