Jimbo Fisher had a curious comment during his Texas A&M introduction that might raise a few eyebrows at Florida State.
On Monday, the former Seminoles coach was introduced as the Aggies’ new leader. It marked the end of a somewhat surprising divorce between Fisher and Florida State, after the coach went 83-23 with one national title in his eight years at the school.
When speaking about working with Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward, who helped sign Fisher to a 10-year, $75 million deal, the coach seemingly referenced his past friction with Florida State officials over trying to improve facilities for the Seminoles to help the program keep pace with other ACC powers. Woodward worked in LSU’s athletic department while Fisher was the Tigers’ offensive coordinator in the early 2000s.
“Scott was one of the guys, I always said if I ever had the opportunity to work with him again, because I say this all the time in coaching: You can have Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, you can have the greatest coaches in the world, but if your administration doesn’t see things in the way you see things and allow you to do things that way, nothing can be achieved,” Fisher told reporters. “There’s a oneness to everything you do to be successful.”
Of course, Fisher didn’t call out Florida State officials by name. But his desire to want more for his program in Tallahassee was no secret. It’s easy to read between the lines and view the comment above as a reference to the coach’s former stop.
You can bet Texas A&M will pour money into its program to try to make the Aggies a consistent SEC West contender under Fisher.