Where Arkansas' Plane Goes, Contract Boosts Follow

by Jim Harris  on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007 2:11 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

According to Joe Schad and the other reporters at ESPN from their sources, Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher will be given a raise to $1 million a year (for a coordinator, mind you) for three years and the assurance that he'll replace legendary Bobby Bowden as Florida State's head coach when the great one retires.

One of Arkansas' planes, the one used by the Razorback Foundation and presumably carrying incoming athletic director Jeff Long from one possible hire to another, arrived in Tallahassee yesterday from Raleigh-Durham, N.C. One day later, FSU is scrambling to make sure Jimbo Fisher doesn't leave.

Butch Davis, the coach at North Carolina, is in line for a raise at Chapel Hill, just about six miles from the Raleigh-Durham airport. You've probably heard by now that Tommy Bowden at Clemson got a sweeter deal out of Clemson after a flirtation on the Long plane.

Tommy Tuberville has a sweeter deal at Auburn, Ron English is getting some extra summer days off at Michigan, Gus Malzahn is feeling happy at Tulsa, Joker Phillips is smiling at Lexington, Ky., and the list goes on and on.

Don't follow the money, just follow the plane and the money follows.

Speaking of planes, the other UA plane, presumably being used by a Board of Trustee member or two, was at Love Field over night in Dallas and was heading back to Fayetteville Wednesday afternoon.



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