TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jimbo Fisher lauded Florida State University President John Thrasher Tuesday for seeing the big picture the day after the school announced the coachs contract extension.Fisher, 77-17 in seven seasons at Florida State, signed a two-year extension that will keep him at the school through the 2024 season. It is the second time in two years Fisher has had his contract redone by Thrasher.Weve really built something really special and I want to continue it for a long time, Fisher said. I think President Thrasher has been awesome with that and seeing the big picture with everything that goes on. He loves it and understands what we do. We understand our importance to this university too and how we represent it and things that go on.Since Fisher took over the program in 2010 after the retirement of Bobby Bowden, Florida State has redone its practice fields, built an indoor facility, overhauled the locker room and added a players lounge.A bigger renovation of Doak Campbell Stadium is a long-term priority but something that is more immediate is adding new athlete dorms along with an athletics academic center. Thrasher said he is hopeful that he can begin adding private funding for that early next year and is hopeful that more concrete plans can be finalized before the fall.Even though he received plenty of questions from reporters about the opening at LSU after Les Miles was fired, Fisher said wasnt asked about it too many times from members of his coaching staff, players or potential recruits.The 10th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) wrapped up the first portion of practices for their Dec. 30 game against No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl. The players are off until Saturday, when they will travel to South Florida and resume preparations.Fisher said he would have preferred spending Christmas in Tallahassee but that the timetable did not work out.Well practice a little bit on Christmas day then well have a dinner that night and everything together like a family and try to spend a lot of time with them, he said. We start school a little bit later than normal, (Jan. 9) so they get back a couple extra days for the holidays. Itll be good to be with them and everybody.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25---Follow Joe Reedy on Twitter at www.twitter.com/joereedy Wholesale Jerseys China .C. -- Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said after all of these years in the NBA hes still amazed at some of the things LeBron James does. Stitched NBA Jerseys .C. at the helm of the top team in the Eastern Conference. His tenure as the GM in Vancouver was all too brief. Though he led the Canucks to what was then a franchise record-shattering campaign in just his second season, Nonis was gone and replaced one year later. http://www.wholesalenbajerseys.info/ . Detroit and Boston are deadlocked, 1-1, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be forgiven if he was caught rationalizing instead of dissecting how his club could blow a 5-1 lead late in Game 2. 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After four periods of pretournament play, when Europe had been outscored 9-1 by the North American kids, it appeared the Europeans were the worst team in the tournament. But, as it turns out, the veteran squad just needed a bit of time to find chemistry and one supposes that makes sense because most of them havent played together before. They now resemble a patient, experienced team that is not forcing plays but rather waiting for its opportunities. Credit Krueger, the former longtime Switzerland national team head coach who has a bevy of international hockey experience. Hes formulated a plan and its having an impact. Now he locks horns with Team Canada coach Mike Babcock, the two of them part of the same staff at the Sochi Olympics when Babcock asked Krueger to consult the Canadian group in order to help them adjust to the bigger international ice. So no secrets or surprises between these two coaches.Line watch: The line of Frans Nielsen between Mats Zuccarello and Marian Gaborik has combined for five points in two games and gave both Team USA and the Czechs fits. No question top-line center Anze Kopitar will have a lot on his plate against Team Canada, but if Europe has a shot its because Nielsens line also matches up with success against one of Team Canadas star-studded lines. Speaking of which, Babcock said Tuesday night after the 4-2 win over Team USA that he would likely bring in healthy scratches Claude Giroux and Jake Muzzin, although he didnt confirm who would come out at forward and defense. He did confirm that Corey Crawford would start in goal, spelling Carey Price, and that Braden Holtby would back up and dress for the first time. 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