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Florida State's Jimbo Fisher to take head coaching job at Texas A&M

02 December, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Jimbo Fisher’s deal with Texas A&M nearly finalized per reports

According to a report from Mark Schlabach of ESPN, Texas A&M approved a 10-year $75 million deal for Fisher, who officially left Florida State for Texas A&M on Friday.

The Associated Press reports one source familiar with the situation has indicated that Florida State expects Fisher to take the Texas A&M job if formally offered.

The 52-year-old Fisher had hoped to wait to announce his decision until after Saturday's regular-season finale in Tallahassee, Florida, which the Seminoles (5-6, 3-5 ACC) need to win to extend their streak of 35 consecutive bowl games. Florida State won just five games. The school's only national title came in 1939.

He had been coaching the team for eight years with a 83-23 record.

ESPN reported last week that several Florida State officials expected Fisher to leave and have been preparing to target his replacement.

Fisher replaces Kevin Sumlin, who was sacked following the Aggies' 45-21 loss to LSU in the regular season finale. His annual salary at FSU placed him near the top of all college football coaches, and his hiring is a clear sign that Texas A&M won't settle for being a second-tier school in the conference.

Possible candidates could include Oregon's Willie Taggart and Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente. Swinney and Fisher will cross paths next season when Texas A&M hosts Clemson.

Fortunately, A&M has the facilities to make Jimbo a happy man for as long as he's in College Station, but the way he handled the Florida State resignation has been a nightmare.

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