Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has resigned, effective immediately, and will be the new coach at Texas A&M.
The move was expected, though the thought was Fisher would coach FSU’s final regular-season game Saturday against UL-Monroe, then leave for Texas A&M. FSU must win Saturday to become bowl-eligible, and long-time defensive line coach Odell Haggins will serve as the interim coach.
“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,” FSU president John Thrasher said in a statement. “I believe Texas A&M is getting one of the best coaches in college football.”
Fisher, 52, will replace Kevin Sumlin as the Aggies’ coach; Sumlin was fired last Sunday after six seasons. There have been reports that Fisher will receive a 10-year contract worth about $75 million.
Texas A&M plays host to Clemson in the second week of the 2018 season, then travels to play Alabama during week four, so there will be no “learning curve” for Fisher and the Aggies.
Fisher has been coach at FSU since 2010 and guided the Seminoles to the national title in 2013, when quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman as a redshirt freshman.
He was 83-23 with the Seminoles — including a 14-2 record against FSU’s two biggest rivals, Florida and Miami — and won three consecutive ACC titles from 2012-14. FSU qualified for the 2014 College Football Playoff, but lost to Oregon in a semifinal.
Fiusher spent three seasons as FSU’s offensive coordinator/coach-in-waiting waiting before he became coach. He had spent the previous seven seasons as LSU’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach under Nick Saban and then Les Miles.
There already has been speculation that Oregon coach Willie Taggart, a Florida native, may be the prime contender to replace Fisher. Others who could be considered include Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente, Purdue’s Jeff Brohm and Iowa State’s Matt Campbell.
FSU has had just two coaches in the past 42 seasons. Bowden was hired away from West Virginia following the 1975 season.
FSU is the only ACC team expected to have a coaching vacancy this offseason, though Louisville’s Bobby Petrino often is mentioned in connection with open jobs.
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