$75M deal for Texas A&M’s new football coach Jimbo Fisher

Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M University. (KXAN Photo)
Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M University. (KXAN Photo)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KXAN/AP) — On Monday morning, Texas A&M University officially introduced Jimbo Fisher as the school’s new head football coach.

Fisher has a 10-year, $75 million contract with the school. Fisher takes over for Kevin Sumlin, who was fired Nov. 26 after the Aggies finished the regular season 7-5 and 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference. The 53-year-old Sumlin, who went 51-26 and led the Aggies to a bowl game in each of his six seasons, is still owed $10 million for the remaining two years on his contract.

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

“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 press release.

Fisher, 52, 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. Odell Haggins will serve as the Seminoles interim coach.

Fisher takes over an Aggie program that is 7-5 and, if the team wins its bowl game, will mark its 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.


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