Jimbo Fisher departs FSU for Texas A&M job

Oct 21 2017 Tallahassee FL USA Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher before the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

This week started with speculation on whether Jimbo Fisher was leaving and the week ended with Fisher resigned from his position to take the job at Texas A&M.

Fisher will not coach the Seminoles this Saturday in their regular season finale against Louisiana-Monroe.

New interim coach Odell Haggins also consoled players.

Fisher, who had dodged questions about his interest in Texas A&M for the last two weeks, said as recently as Thursday that he meant to coach on Saturday. FSU needs to win that game to avoid going bowl-less for the first time since 1981. Good! This is a rescheduled game after an earlier matchup was postponed due to a hurricane.

"Jimbo's a great football coach and my hope would be that he stays at Florida State University, but if he has other opportunities that are more valuable to him and his family, then I certainly understand that", Thrasher said. Asked for a timetable when he might make a choice, Fisher answered, "I always make decisions at the end of the year, after things are finished".

Fisher is just the fourth head coach to leave a school where he has won an AP national championship and go directly to another college job.

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Fisher told university president John Thrasher yesterday that he was resigning to accept Texas A&M's offer.

Nick Saban is being paid an average of $8.1 million per year.

The deal looks like it will be a highly lucrative one for Fisher.

"No call, no text, you could of said something ..."

FSU student Ben James said, "It's a huge loss for the Florida State community, it's a huge loss for the football community, especially for the die-hard Florida State Fans". I've known him forever, when I was at Alabama and he was at Auburn. Fisher has spoken about his desire for Florida State to add its own football-only building. They'll hire a great coach.

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