Fisher resigned as Florida State’s coach to accept the same position with the Aggies on Dec. 1 and signed a $75 million contract. He led the Seminoles to an 83-23 record, which included a national championship in 2013, as well as three ACC titles (2012-14) and four first-place finishes in the ACC Atlantic Division (2010, 2012-14).
One SEC coach said he believes Texas A&M will get its money’s worth from the 10-year contract it gave to Jimbo Fisher.
The coach was one of several SEC coaches who spoke anonymously in Lindy’s expansive 2018 SEC preview and said he believes the addition of Fisher, who was hired away from Florida State in December, “will translate into some positives.”
“Any time you’ve got somebody that scores points like Jimbo Fisher, you better watch out,” one coach said. “He can score points. Your defense plays to the offense’s personality. Jimbo’s offenses are physical and tough. I know they’ll practice more physical than with Kevin Sumlin. That alone will make them better. Jimbo is a hard-nosed guy, he ain’t no foo-foo guy. He coaches quarterbacks like some people coach defensive linemen. That will translate into some positives.”
The Aggies finished the 2017 season in fifth place in the SEC West. Former coach Kevin Sumlin was fired in November after leading A&M to a 51-26 (25-23 SEC) record during his six seasons in College Station.
However, Sumlin never managed to improve his overall win total from the previous season, having begun his tenure with an 11-2 record in 2012, followed by a 9-4 finish in 2013, three consecutive 8-5 seasons between 2014-16 and a 7-5 overall record in 2017.