Will Jimbo Fisher actually leave Florida State? What to make of Texas A&M chatter – CBSSports.com
Florida State’s season has been a major disappointment, so it says a lot about Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher that he’s still at the center of coaching carousel chatter with the silly season getting underway.
Multiple reports over the past week, including those from ESPN, USA Today and Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle, have mentioned Fisher’s name with the Texas A&M job — which, obviously, is still occupied by Kevin Sumlin.
Though that may be the case today, it would appear Sumlin is as good as gone. The Aggies are 6-4, have been throttled in their last two conference games and may not finish above .500 in SEC play for the fifth straight year. While it would be interesting to see what A&M would do if Sumlin did win out against Ole Miss and LSU, the sheer number of leaks make it clear there’s force behind the desire to move on from Sumlin.
It’s too early to officially announce a leader in the clubhouse to replace a guy who’s still employed, but if there is one, it sounds like Fisher. And why not? He won a national championship in 2013 and is one of four active coaches to have won it all. He did an underrated job squeezing 10 wins out of a team with major offensive problems in 2015 and has a 78 percent winning percentage even with this year’s 3-6 team.
Texas A&M is a great job. It has enviable financial backing, passionate fans, top-notch facilities, a fertile (albeit heavily mined) recruiting ground from which to pluck — Fisher is a tremendous recruiter — and it resides in a conference flush with cash. There aren’t many coaches who can raise the ceiling of A&M’s perpetually untapped potential, but Fisher would be one of them