It started as just some nutty gossip on message boards. But Sunday the buzz hit the mainstream media. Mark Bradley's column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution all but says Chan Gailey is out the door ("Gailey was never embraced at Tech"). And then asks rhetorically if Athletic Director Dan Radakovich's first call wouldn’t be "to Jimbo Fisher, the LSU offensive coordinator who just moved to Florida State?"
Meanwhile, Ramblin' Racket pulls no punches: "Now, the biggest question in the air for Tech isn't whether Gailey comes back. The biggest question is, if he leaves, who is he replaced with?"
Another Tech site insists "Rad would call Fisher". ("Rad" is short for Dan Radakovich, the Tech A.D. who was Asst. A.D. at LSU during Fisher's tenure, from 2001 through 2006.)
And posters at Sting Talk attempt to connect the dots:
"Insiders are saying D-Rad already has interviewed Jimbo Fisher, who apparently has an out in his contract with FSU to become coach at one school only — Georgia Tech."
- "Fisher and Rad have already talked."
- "Gailey's gone. Fisher is in."
- "We shall know in the next 48 to 72 hours. A plan has been
put in place if Chan leaves."
We interrupt this fantasy to remind you that it's all R-U-M-O-R, in capital red letters. But in the bizzaro world of coaching, even the impossible can become possible. Three short weeks ago, insisting that Nick Saban would leave the Dolphins for Bama could have gotten you committed.