The 12th Man introduced its new man as Jimbo Fisher was officially presented as Texas A&M’s coach on Monday.
In landing Fisher, the Aggies now have one of only four active coaches to win a national title along with Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and Dabo Swinney. Fisher was signed to a 10-year, $75 million contract, the richest deal in college football history.
Here are the highlights from Fisher’s press conference.
On working with athletic director Scott Woodward: “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 Knoll, 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. There’s a oneness to everything you do to be successful.”
More on relationship with Woodward, which began at LSU in 2000: “We did some great things at LSU, and we can do them again.”
On what the program will be built on: Toughness, effort, discipline and pride.
On the atmosphere and support surrounding Texas A&M: “Culture is the most important thing that any university can have. They told me when I got here, ‘It’s going to be different.’ You hear that everywhere, but here [at Texas A&M] I see it. I feel it.”
On his expectations and approach: “Your expectations will never be greater than mine. I promise you that.” On his approach, Fisher said he’ll tell his players, “Change is inevitable, growth is optional.”
On why he left Florida State for Texas A&M: “I never had any intentions of leaving Florida State. After Scott contacted me, and I saw his vision and researched the resources at A&M, it was a no brainer. There was an opportunity and a challenge here that I just couldn’t pass up.”
On his familiarity with the SEC and the challenge it presents: “I know this league. We’re in one of the toughest divisions in football. That’s the challenge that I like. That’s where I want to be. I want to take Texas A&M where we haven’t been, and that’s the SEC championship. That’s the national championship.”
On if he thinks he needs to win a national title to justify his move: “I don’t know if I have to, but that’s my goal.”
On if he plans to retire at Texas A&M: “That’s the objective … I think this is a destination place, I really do.”
On what’s the timeframe for taking a good program into an elite one? “Yesterday.”
This story will continue to be updated with more quotes from Fisher.