Only four active college football coaches have won national championships, and Texas A&M hired one of them this offseason.
Jimbo Fisher, who led Florida State to a national title, is in elite company with Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney. It’s a group that Texas A&M director of athletics Scott Woodward calls “rare air coaches.”
But even though Fisher has had past success, it’s also important for a program to hire a coach that is the right fit. And based on Fisher’s first few months with the Aggies, Woodward feels they have found just that, comparing it to the LSU teams of the early 2000s, when Woodward worked in the Tigers’ athletic department.
“It’s one of those things where you get it all and you get the pieces together, and it just feels right,” Woodward said on “SEC This Morning” on SiriusXM Radio on Thursday. “And I hate to use it, because I am kind of a simple guy at times, but it feels like early 2000 in Baton Rouge here right now. It just feels right to me. And hey, we’re not going to do it overnight, but we’re going to get there, and we’re going to lay the foundation. Getting big-time recruits like we did in Baton Rouge, getting guys like Marcus [Spears] and Mike Clayton in those early classes, we’re starting to do that with our guys, and the buy-in and the feel has that similar feeling, and I’m very pleased from that standpoint.”
Fisher is entering his first season at Texas A&M after being at Florida State since 2007, including serving as the Seminoles’ head coach since 2010. He led them to the national championship in 2013.
To hear the full segment with Woodward, listen below:
"We're not going to do it overnight, but we're going to get there & lay down the foundation."
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— Frank Fowler (@FrankFowlerSEC) April 26, 2018