Jimbo Fisher: Move from Florida State to Texas A&M was 'no-brainer'

Dr. Saturday

Much like his airport arrival the other day, Jimbo Fisher’s official introduction at Texas A&M was a rather grandiose affair.

After 11 years at Florida State, eight as head coach, Fisher was lured to College Station to the tune of a 10-year, $75 million contract. He won a lot at Florida State, going 83-23 overall and most notably, bringing the 2013 national title to Tallahassee.

Why leave that? Well, Fisher — after being presented with a brand new maroon blazer — said Monday he wasn’t looking to leave FSU, but the opportunity presented by A&M athletic director Scott Woodward, who Fisher worked with at LSU, was one he “just couldn’t pass up.”

“I never had any intention of leaving Florida State,” Fisher said. “After Scott had contacted and I started to research and all the things it had here and the resources it had here and the vision it had here and the people it had here, from the president to the chancellor to the Board of Regents and everyone together as a oneness.

“And then my relationship with Scott, the ability to come back and work and relive that vision of things that we had did before at LSU, I think it was a no-brainer in a crazy way.”


Fisher reiterated how much he loved his time at Florida State, but what he said about “oneness” reiterated a sentiment he expressed in his opening statement. Fisher and Woodward share a vision. Fisher seemed to hint that wasn’t the case at Florida State.

“With Scott, we met back in the year 2000 (at LSU). And there was a commitment to excellence and there was a vision for what we wanted to do,” Fisher said. “Scott was one of those guys that 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 Noll, 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. And I knew he had the same visions that I did.”

Fisher won three ACC titles and a national championship at Florida State, but he lamented the football facilities at FSU on multiple occasions. Most notably, in September, Fisher said FSU had to “get caught up” to other prominent programs.

“We haven’t done anything for a long time here,” Fisher said. “We did when we first got here. We made a few little adjustments. Since then we really haven’t. We’ve got to get caught up in that area.”

Those “little adjustments” were laid out bluntly by ESPN’s Andrea Adelson:



The upgrades at Florida State will be left behind for someone else (FSU’s pursuit of Oregon’s Willie Taggart seems to be heating up) while Fisher pursues a new challenge in the SEC at A&M, a place Fisher thinks he can take to new heights.

“I want to take Texas A&M to somewhere they haven’t been, and that’s the champion of the SEC,“ Fisher said. “That’s where we want to be and what we want to be and advance to the national championship and how we do it. If you can compete in this league, you can compete in any league in college football. We have all the ingredients.”

After more than a decade at Florida State, the Jimbo Fisher era at Texas A&M is underway. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File)
After more than a decade at Florida State, the Jimbo Fisher era at Texas A&M is underway. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File)

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