Texas A&M has gotten the coach it wanted.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is heading to College Station to be the next coach of the Aggies. Fisher, whose team is 5-6, was lured to A&M by the prospect of a gargantuan contract dangled with a gargantuan task: challenge Nick Saban’s Alabama for SEC West supremacy.
There’s more than just Alabama in the SEC West, of course. Auburn won the division in 2017 and is a regular contender. So is LSU, a team that’s beaten Texas A&M in every season since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012.
According to Warchant, Fisher’s contract with A&M will be a 10-year deal with a salary of $7.5 million per season. That annual rate would make him the third-highest paid coach in college football behind Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney.
[Friday], Jimbo Fisher informed me he has accepted an offer to become the next head football coach at Texas A&M University,” Florida State president John Thrasher said. “Coach Fisher did an exceptional job as both an assistant coach at FSU and in the challenging role of successor to the legendary Bobby Bowden. I believe Texas A&M is getting one of the best coaches in college football. We appreciate all he has done for our program and wish him and his family great success moving forward.”
“From the moment media reports began to circulate about our position, it became evident the job would attract great interest from a number of elite coaches, and we will move quickly to evaluate candidates from across the nation.”
A&M officials weren’t happy after three-straight 8-5 seasons from 2014-16. Fittingly, the team coached by Kevin Sumlin for the entirety of the regular season will finish with that same record if it wins its bowl game. Sumlin was fired the day after A&M dropped to 7-5 with a loss to, you guessed it, LSU.
With Fisher an Aggie, the coaching search madness of the 2017-18 offseason turns its eyes to Florida State, which now has to hire a head coach. It’s rare for a Power Five head coach to head directly to another Power Five school, especially in the case of a coach who won a national title with his previous school.
Fisher and the Seminoles were the BCS champions after the 2013 season — the final season of the BCS era.
Other two were Paul Dietzel from LSU to Army and Jim Tatum from Maryland to North Carolina. https://t.co/BW0Q7TFlYl
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Fisher is 83-23 in eight seasons since taking over for Bobby Bowden after the 2009 season. 2017 is just the second time Fisher’s team won’t win 10 or more games.
Florida State, meanwhile, is now just the latest team to embark on a coaching search. Oregon coach Willie Taggart is seen as a strong candidate for the job, and the Ducks reportedly offered Taggart a one-year extension recently in the hopes of keeping him with the school. Taggart came to Oregon before the 2017 season from South Florida.
Thanks to Bowden’s longevity, December 2017 is the first time Florida State has started a coaching search since he came to the school before the 1976 season. Fisher was Bowden’s offensive coordinator before he was promoted to replace Bowden after his retirement.
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