Well, I’m a bit surprised, considering I believed the “power that be” would at least let Jimbo Fisher finish out the season before deciding about his future.
During his tenure, Jimbo Fisher will exit the program with a 45-25 record, four bowl wins, and 1 top 5 finish. Jimbo Fisher was a major factor in upgrading facilities and was a master recruiter. However, all of the administration’s success did not translate to the field as his team consistently underperformed, essentially becoming a perennial 8-4 team.
That will not cut it anymore, and Texas A&M AD Ross Bjork announced officially that after speaking with President Welsh and Chancellor Sharpe, his decision to move on from Jimbo Fisher was accepted by both.
This is a move that will make some waves on the team and on the internet. It’s been reported that the team heard the news through social media and went to Twitter to express how they felt about the move. Below, you can see some of the many reactions to the news.
Texas A&M Athletics Director Ross Bjork makes it official
Official release from Texas A&M and Athletics Director Ross Bjork: pic.twitter.com/ecdfl5lL0p
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) November 12, 2023
News starting to make the rounds
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 12, 2023
Jimbo was a good hire for the time, but hit a plateau.
I applauded A&M for hiring Jimbo Fisher and I applaud A&M for firing him. Strive to be great. If the coach cannot get you there move on. Jimbo looked like he had A&M trending toward greatness in the first 3 years. The last 3 have a huge disappointment. So move on.
— Olin Buchanan (@olinbuchanan) November 12, 2023
Does Ross Bjork already have a short list in mind?
The timing of Texas A&M letting go of Jimbo Fisher leads me to believe that they have his successor on speed dial.
They just extended a handful of assistants, are fresh off a 51-10 win and have a recruiting class they have to sign in five weeks.
Why else do they jump ship now?
— Nick Harris (@NickHarrisDC) November 12, 2023
Big Buyout for Jimbo
— On3 (@On3sports) November 12, 2023
J.D. PicKell give his thoughts on the move
Texas A&M and Jimbo Fisher was the toxic relationship we knew wasn't ending in "happily ever after"
Credit A&M for doing the hard/right thing
— J.D. PicKell (@jdpickell) November 12, 2023
9 wins might have been the threshold for Jimbo keeping his job
Jimbo Fisher needed to win 9 games this year. That’s what several sources told me before the season. He couldn’t get it done.
I’m still stunned Texas A&M is actually moving on. https://t.co/a0GeYe5Tf2
— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 12, 2023
Jimbo Fishers last walk off the field with the team
— David Nuño (@DavidNuno) November 12, 2023
The timing is something Ross Bjork will probably address in the Press Conference
I didn’t expect Texas A&M to fire Jimbo Fisher this year and am absolutely stunned at the timing of this
Who do y’all want to see take over in College Station?
— Tim England (@tengland_150) November 12, 2023
Florida St has rebounded while Texas A&M is looking for a new coach.
6 years ago Texas A&M thought they had pulled the heist of the century by taking Jimbo Fisher from Florida St.
Six years later Florida St will likely make the CFP and the Aggys aren’t even bowl eligible and want Jimbo gone…but have to fend off his heist of them for 100m.
— Tarik D. LaCour (@realscientistic) November 5, 2023
Athletes waking up to the news is not the best look for a program
I asked a couple of players outside of Bright Football Complex how they found out about Jimbo Fisher’s firing:
One responded, “I woke up to it.”
Team meeting taking place.
— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) November 12, 2023
Some see this firing as a need to bring athletic departments back to earth
Texas A&M is firing Jimbo Fisher in a move that advertises the absurdity and ignorance of some college athletics decision makers.
1. His initial contract was irresponsible.
2. His extension was irresponsible.
3. Firing him while required to pay his buyout of 75 million is… pic.twitter.com/BxKJlw19nr
— Next Level Baseball (@nextlevelbb) November 12, 2023
A few Aggies were surprised by the news after a big win
To wake up and find out…wth
— 𝓮𝓿𝓪𝓷 𝓼𝓽𝓮𝔀𝓪𝓻𝓽 (@0fficial_evan) November 12, 2023
Be prepared for a lot of transfer and recruitment rumors/news
FYI: According to NCAA rules, if a head coach is fired in the middle of the season, players from that team will immediately have 30-day window to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal.
A 30-day window for the portal opens on Dec. 4 as well.
— Carter Karels (@CarterKarels) November 12, 2023
Former Aggie Buddy Johnson knows who he wants back in the Maroon & White
With that being said. Where’s the petition to bring Mike elko home. I’m all for it!!!
— Buddy Johnson (@Foebg_1) November 12, 2023