Jimbo Fisher leaving FSU to become head coach at Texas A&M

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 1, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- ESPN's Mark Schlabach is reporting Texas A&M officials have approved the details of Jimbo Fisher's contract with the Aggies.

In his most recent contract with FSU, Jimbo was making $5.5 million per year with the Seminoles.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 1, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State University has confirmed the departure of football head coach Jimbo Fisher to Texas A&M, where he will become the next head coach.

Both FSU President John Thrasher and Athletic Director Stan Wilcox released statements, which you can find in their entirety below.

From John Thrasher
"Florida State University has one of the premier programs in college football and has had only two head football coaches in the past 40 years.

Today, Jimbo Fisher informed me he has accepted an offer to become the next head football coach at Texas A&M University. Coach Fisher did an exceptional job as both an assistant coach at FSU and in the challenging role of successor to the legendary Bobby Bowden. I believe Texas A&M is getting one of the best coaches in college football. We appreciate all he has done for our program and wish him and his family great success moving forward.

From the moment media reports began to circulate about our position, it became evident the job would attract great interest from a number of elite coaches, and we will move quickly to evaluate candidates from across the nation.

Our fans are the best in the country, loyal and passionate about developing student-athletes who are champions on and off the field. They’ve made Doak Campbell Stadium one of the most thrilling venues in all of college sports along with its storied traditions that represent the spirit and excellence of our distinguished university, athletically and academically. The excitement around Florida State is indisputable, and a tremendous opportunity awaits whoever is chosen as our new head football coach."

From Stan Wilcox
“President Thrasher and I have worked together through this challenging period while Coach Fisher was making a decision, and I appreciate the cooperation, support and leadership he has provided,” said Stan Wilcox, Florida State University Vice President and Director of Athletics.

In the interim, I have appointed associate head coach and defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins to serve as our head coach versus ULM.

As the president alluded to, we are extremely pleased by the quality of individuals who have already expressed interest in being the head coach at Florida State University. I am confident we will fill the position very soon.

I would tell our supporters and fans the same thing that I told our team: we will hire a head coach that will lead Florida State to ACC and National Championships; one who will maintain our commitment to academic excellence; and one who will make you proud to be a Seminole.”

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 1, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Sources have confirmed that Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher is leaving the Seminoles football program.

Fisher is expected to officially announce on Friday afternoon that he is heading to Texas A&M to become their head coach.

Warchant was one of the first to break the news of Fisher's departure.

Warchant is also reporting that Fisher will not coach at Saturday's game versus Louisiana-Monroe; longtime assistant coach and former Seminole All-American Odell Haggins will serve as the interim head coach on Saturday.

Fisher has been the head coach for FSU for seven years, taking over for Bobby Bowden beginning in the 2010 season. Prior to his tenure as the 'Noles head coach, he was on Bowden's coaching staff as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

With FSU, Fisher has compiled a record of 83-23 and has led the 'Noles to four bowl wins and the 2013 BCS National Championship.

Fisher is expected to take over the Aggies after Kevin Sumlin was fired on Sunday.

According to our sister station KBTX, the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents are set to meet by telephone Monday to approve the contract for a new head football coach. Sources say Fisher will accept that position, likely with an offer nearing $7.5 million a year for 10 years.

FSU now embarks on a national coaching search for the first time in over four decades. Oregon head coach, and former South Florida head coach, Willie Taggart and Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente are considered to be the leading candidates for the position.

This is a developing story. Stay with WCTV for more information.

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