Jimbo Fisher on leaving FSU for Texas A&M: ‘It was a no-brainer’

Jimbo Fisher will be wearing more maroon as the new coach at Texas A&M. SCOTT KEELER    |    Times
Jimbo Fisher will be wearing more maroon as the new coach at Texas A&M. SCOTT KEELER | Times
Published December 4 2017
Updated December 4 2017

If any Florida State fans remain upset over how coach Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M, his introductory news conference probably didn't do much to smooth over hurt feelings.

"It was a no-brainer," Fisher said Monday morning in College Station.

Fisher signed a 10-year contract worth $75 million. That overall value is the largest in college football history, but no state funds will be used to pay his salary, according to A&M.

Fisher resigned from FSU on Friday after days of silence and drama surrounding the worst-kept secret in the industry. He did not coach in the Seminoles' regular-season finale; defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins served as interim coach.

Fisher left FSU with an 83-23 record and the best winning percentage (.783) in ACC history. His tenure included three ACC titles, a 29-game winning streak and the 2013 national championship.

He thanked plenty of FSU figures Monday morning, including the legendary Bobby Bowden, president John Thrasher and athletic director Stan Wilcox.

Fisher's news conference appeared to deliver a shot or two at his old school, specifically its administrative commitment. He mentioned the vision of A&M athletic director Scott Woodward, whom he worked with as an assistant at LSU.

"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 said. "There's a oneness to everything you to do be successful, and I knew he had the same vision I did."

Fisher said he didn't plan to leave FSU, but he called A&M a destination job – one he hopes to retire from.

"I had no plans of ever leaving there…" Fisher said of FSU. "As I researched, I thought it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up and a challenge out there I just couldn't pass up."

Fisher said A&M first contacted his representatives about the opening last week, leading up to the Louisiana-Monroe game Fisher ended up not coaching.

The Seminoles have not yet named a permanent replacement for Fisher, but former USF coach Willie Taggart remains a top option. 

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