Texas A&M’s athletic department reached peak offseason this week when it presented new coach Jimbo Fisher with a hypothetical National Championship trophy.
But here’s the problem: If you go by the description on the plaque, it’s a trophy that’s meant for the FCS champion.
Take a look:
Texas A&M awards themselves a hypothetical future National Championship – upon completion it will be displayed in Atlantis in a flying car pic.twitter.com/LbYrNVCVqz
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) February 28, 2018
Division I in the NCAA is the Football Championship Subdivision, while the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) is its own division. These designations seemingly change every few years, so it’s an easy mistake to make.
But if you’re going to award a dateless, fake National Championship trophy to your new coach, double-checking the fine print probably isn’t too much to ask for.
So either this is yet another awkward mistake by A&M’s brass, or it’s a really subtle way of announcing the Aggies’ move to the FCS.
On the surface, this is an interesting recruiting tool from Fisher and the Aggies, who have been attempting to assert their dominance in Texas over the last few weeks. By showing this much confidence in the offseason, it’s possible they could win a recruiting battle or two along the way.
But they’re not showing that much confidence. It’s still a dateless trophy, after all. They couldn’t exactly put 2018 on there, given that the Aggies face Clemson and Alabama in the first month of next season.
This is a program that has failed to win a conference championship in nearly 20 years of playing major conference football, let alone compete for any measure of national success.
Maybe it works and the Aggies correctly call their shot — but this story likely ends with a much worse conclusion for those in College Station.