COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M fans have huge expectations after Jimbo Fisher was hired from Florida State for 10 years and a guaranteed $75 million. Fisher said Monday they don’t match what he expects to accomplish at A&M.
“Your expectations will never be greater than mine,” Fisher said at his introductory press conference in Kyle Field’s Hall of Champions on Monday morning. “I promise you that.”
Fisher, 52, said he’s immediately hitting the recruiting trail and will only be an “observer” of the Aggies’ Belk Bowl game against Wake Forest on Dec. 29 in Charlotte, N.C. He didn’t offer a timetable on filling out his staff but said he’d like to as quickly as possible.
Fisher replaces Kevin Sumlin, fired on Nov. 26 following a 16-20 showing over six seasons in SEC West play. Fisher won a national title at Florida State in 2013 in the middle of three consecutive ACC titles.
Texas A&M introduced Jimbo Fisher as its new football coach on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.
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“We understand we are the front porch of this university,” said Fisher, adding that his program will represent A&M accordingly.
While this is his first head coaching job in the SEC, Fisher has plenty of experience in the league as an assistant at Auburn and LSU.
“I coached 13 years in this league, I understand this league,” he said.
Fisher is divorced but said his family will be joining him in the Bryan-College Station area because he will never be apart from his two sons.
A&M athletic director Scott Woodward said he first met Fisher in 2000 when the two worked together at LSU, and was immediately impressed by his “infectious approach” to dealing with his players.
Fisher said he’ll meet with his new team on Monday afternoon and meanwhile interim coach Jeff Banks will handle bowl preparations and lead the team in the Belk Bowl....Read more