Winston jokes he'd follow coach Fisher to Texas

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Associated Press

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Jameis Winston said he joked with Jimbo Fisher about speculation the coach will leave Florida State for Texas, and said if it happens he'd want to go, too.

The Heisman Trophy winner met with the media Friday in the lead up to the BCS Championship Game against No. 2 Auburn.

He says he and his teammates have not concerned themselves with the speculation and reports about Fisher being a candidate to replace Mack Brown at Texas.

He added, jokingly: "Even if Coach Fisher goes to Texas, I'm going to ask him can I go with you? Yeah, I'm serious. He's my coach."

Fisher chuckled when heard about Winston's joke.

"He and I have a tremendous relationship," Fisher said. "I think the world of him. He and I are very close, but we'll be right here."

Fisher said he has not heard from Texas, but knows his name will remain in the rumor mill.

"It doesn't matter what I say, y'all are going to write what the heck you want until someone takes that job," Fisher said with a laugh. "So, we're not going down that road. We're going to worry about a national championship right here. That's what I'm focused on and happy about."

Florida State's Fisher doesn't believe in destiny

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- The inside of Auburn's BCS championship media guide has a graphic labeling the Tigers a "Team of Destiny." Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher isn't sure about that.

Auburn's magical run to the title game Monday is described in many ways. "Lucky" is one of the adjectives used. Either way, Auburn was on the right end of narrow victories against Alabama and Georgia that propelled it into the championship.

Fisher, however, isn't buying the destiny spiel.

Fisher said, "God didn't put on this earth and give us a destiny. God put us on this earth to create your own destiny by the decisions you make and what you do. Destiny is great, but I believe you create your own destiny by what you do and the decisions you make every day daily."

Bowden Award goes to A&M lineman Matthews

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Texas A&M left tackle Jake Matthews won the Bobby Bowden Award on Friday, presented for high performance on the field, in class and in the community.

Matthews, the son of former NFL lineman Bruce Matthews, is a two-time all-Southeastern Conference player who moved from right to left tackle for his senior season.

Matthews is considered by many experts to be a top-five pick in this year's NFL draft.

The award, named after the former Florida State coach, is sponsored by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Other finalists for the award were Mississippi punter Tyler Campbell, Arizona linebacker Jake Fischer, Oklahoma offensive lineman Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma State linebacker Shaun Lewis and Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood.

Auburn's Ford hits right notes on, off field

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Auburn defensive end Dee Ford isn't just the Tigers' best defender.

He's also a pretty good piano player who plays for his church on Sundays and once sang in his family's gospel band.

The versatile Ford will target Florida State's Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston in Monday night's BCS title game. In the meantime, he might be found playing the piano alone in the team hotel into the night.

Ford says, "I always get lost while I'm playing, and I forget where I am."

Opposing quarterbacks must be aware of where he is.

The first-team All-Southeastern Conference lineman ranks second in the SEC in sacks per game, racking up 8.5 despite missing the first two games with a sprained left knee. He's made huge plays against Georgia and Texas A&M.

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