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Jimbo Fisher resigns at FSU to take Texas A&M job

The Jimbo Fisher Era at Florida State University is OVER. The Good and the Bad is over and now its just UGLY. Fisher, resigned this morning and cleared out his office and is headed to Texas A&M to start his new JOB. Wasn’t it just last year, as we were walking around Camping World Stadium, that LockedIN Magazine talked to FSU President John E. Thrasher and was told how Happy they were with JIMBO.

Terms of the new agreement weren’t made public yet, but LockedIN has heard from various sources that Fisher will make a minimum of $7 million annually and will receive a substantial financial support to fill his coaching staff.

 

This will mark the first time FSU has conducted a true coaching search since Bobby Bowden was hired in 1976.

FSU successfully kept Fisher in recent years despite aggressive pursuits from LSU (2015, 16) and Texas (2014), fending off suitors by displaying its commitment to the coach numerous times. The most recent example came last offseason when it gave Fisher a coach-friendly contract extension worth $5.5 million annually through 2024-25, with two one-year extensions with raises built in after nine-win seasons.

Fisher pushed for more commitments throughout the year, often expounding on why he believed FSU was in desperate need for a football-only facility. He also expressed a desire to expand his support staff, whether it be more academic help or football consultants.

In the midst of a 5-6 campaign, FSU is believed to have been unwilling to further commit to Fisher financially beyond its recent contract, although the university is exploring a football-only facility and was comfortable expanding the salary for the assistant-coach pool so Fisher could efficiently restructure his staff.

Fisher, 52, was 83–23 in nearly eight full seasons as FSU’s head coach, but he went 8-8 vs. the ACC in 2016 and ’17. During his time at FSU, Fisher won a national title during the 2013 season, coached a Heisman Trophy winner in quarterback Jameis Winston that same season, and set a record of producing 29 draft picks in a three-year span (2013 NFL Draft-2015 NFL Draft), including 13 first or second-round draft picks in that span. FSU also won three ACC titles from 2012-14 as FSU dominated the league for three years after not winning the ACC since 2005.

 

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