Jimbo Fisher resigns at Florida State to go to Texas A&M

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles reacts during the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP/KXAN) —  Two people with direct knowledge of the decision say Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has resigned to take the same job at Texas A&M.

Fisher handed in his resignation after a meeting with university President John Thrasher on Friday.

“Today, Jimbo Fisher informed me he has accepted an offer to become the next head football coach at Texas A&M University. 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.” Thrasher said in a Florida State press release.

Fisher leaves Florida State after eight seasons where he went 83-23. He led the Seminoles to the national championship in 2013, three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and four ACC Atlantic Division crowns. He will replace Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M.

Fisher is 52 years old and graduate of Samford University where he got his coaching career started in 1988. After Samford, Fisher made coaching stops at Auburn, Cincinnati and LSU.  While at LSU, Fisher worked with current Texas A&M Athletic Director Scott Woodward. Woodward was serving as an Assistant AD with the Tigers.

Fisher went to Florida State as offensive coordinator in 2007.  Fisher was named head coach in waiting for Bobby Bowden and took over the program in 2010 where he lead the Seminoles to a 10-4 record, their first 10 win season in seven years.  Until this season, Florida State’s 9-4 record in 2011 was their only season where they did not win at least 10 games.  They have finished ranked in the top ten four times under Fisher.

Fisher is Texas A&M’s 29th head coach and fourth since R.C. Slocum’s 14-year tenure ended in 2002.

Fisher takes over an Aggie program that is 7-5 and if they win their bowl game, will mark their fourth-straight eight win season and their 6th straight with at least eight wins.  The only longer stretch was 1989-1995 when they won eight or more seven straight years.

Florida State (5-6) faces Louisiana Monroe on Saturday and needs a win to be bowl eligible for a 36th consecutive season. Defensive line coach Odell Haggins is expected to serve as interim coach.

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