Jedd Fisch comments on contract extension talks, future with Arizona
Jedd Fisch is working on a contract extension with Arizona, and reports suggest his team has been doing so for some time.
After leading the Wildcats to a 10-win season in 2023, Fisch has become one of the more respected coaches in the profession. Arizona was 1-11 two years ago. Now the Wildcats could potentially enter the 2024 season as a top-10 team. Fisch was a hot name in the coaching carousel, and Arizona is trying to lock him up long-term.
But nothing official has come yet, and when Fisch went on The Jim Rome Show this week, he was asked if something was close.
“I think right now we’re just working through semantics to get this deal done,” Fisch told Rome. “I think we’re very, very close. We want to be done here very soon, and we want to be a part of this program for a long time. I’ve moved a lot in this business to be able to be here today, to become a head coach at a Power Five program, to win 10 games, to be a top-15 team — hopefully a top-10. We’ve got 18 out of 22 returning starters next year.
“I have no interest in going anywhere. I have a lot of interest in seeing if we can get to that CFP. There’s 12 teams in it next year and I would love to have our team be part of it.”
“I have no interest in going anywhere.
I have a lot of interest in seeing if we can get to that CFP.”
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) January 4, 2024
Arizona closed out its season with seven consecutive wins, looking like one of the best teams in football in the process. With so much coming back for the 2024 campaign, Arizona could walk into its new home as one of the betting favorites to win the whole thing.
Utah will certainly be considered. Oklahoma State, which played in the conference title game this season, will also be considered. But it would be hard to argue with Arizona as the pick to win the league. And winning the Big 12 would secure Arizona a ticket to the College Football Playoff.
Fisch has a good thing going in Tucson, and he knows it.