Jimbo Fisher, the head football coach at Texas A&M, isn’t tying down his professional future in college football. The 56-year-old coach was recently asked if he would be interested in coaching at his home state’s flagship institution during an interview with WDTV 5 News in Weston, West Virginia. There was no hesitation on Fisher’s part.
For Fisher, “never” was not an option in business. “There’s no place like home. My heart will always have a soft spot for West Virginia. They’ve always been a favorite of mine. For as long as I could remember, I’ve been cheering for them.
In this industry, you can never predict where your path will lead. It’s true that no matter how much I enjoy my current location, there’s no place like home. Fisher is a former quarterback who attended Salem College in his hometown of Clarksburg, West Virginia, before transferring to Samford University.
"Home is home," – #TexasAM Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher on if he'd ever consider coaching the #WVU #mountaineers 💙💛
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— Ally Osborne (@allysosborne) September 6, 2022
Since the 2018 season, Fisher has been the Aggies’ leader. After signing a 10-year, $95 million contract with A&M in September 2021, he will remain with the team through the 2031 season, earning $9 million each year.
Even though the coach has no immediate plans to quit his current position, he might return to coaching in Mountain State if the right chance presented itself. After a 31-0 Week 1 victory over Sam Houston State, Texas A&M sits at No. 6 in the AP Top 25 heading into Week 2.
Some issues with the FSU program’s culture under Fisher were laid forth in a 2019 piece by Bleacher Report. They lost their zeal following the national championship season of 2013, according to former assistants. In addition, it was reported by Bleacher Report that Florida State had the worst Academic Progress Rate score of any Power Five program and came very close to being disqualified from postseason play.
Athletic director Dave Coburn admitted that Fisher had given his staff the order to “keep players eligible” above all else. When Willie Taggart took over for Fisher, he was shocked by the seeming careless attitude toward education and promptly initiated reforms. During Fisher’s tenure, several assistants left the department because they felt his lax approach toward academics was part of a greater degradation of discipline that eventually led to a sense of entitlement.
Fisher spent eight years as head coach at Florida State, during which time the Seminoles went 83-23 and the program won the 2013 BCS national championship, three ACC titles, four Atlantic Division crowns (three unshared and one shared), four top 10 rankings in the AP poll, and four bowl games. In fact, his.783 winning % is the best in Florida State University annals.
Although Fisher’s Aggies were predicted to finish sixth in the next season of 2021, they ended up finishing in last place after suffering losses to No. 16 Arkansas and No. The Aggies beat then-ranked No. 1 Alabama at home after dropping two in a row. Several records fell with the victory.
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