5 reasons Jimbo Fisher will turn Texas A&M into SEC contender
Texas A&M swung for the fences and hit the home run hire. Jimbo Fisher is headed to College Station for what Aggies fans are hoping will end a nearly 80-year drought. It’s been since 1939 that Texas A&M won a national championship in football.
Those are lofty expectations, but Texas A&M is fully committed to becoming relevant in the SEC and on a national level. This latest higher is the final piece of the puzzle.
Here are the five biggest reasons Fisher will turn Texas A&M into a contender, not only in the SEC, but on a national level.
1. He’s a winner
As offensive coordinator under head coach Nick Saban at LSU, Fisher helped the Tigers to the 2003 national championship. As a head coach he won three consecutive ACC championships (2012-14) with Florida State and won the 2013 national championship, defeating an Auburn program he will grow extremely familiar with.
Fisher went 83-23 at FSU. His .783 winning percentage is the best in program history; even better than the .756 winning percentage posted by the legendary Bobby Bowden (304-97-4), whom Fisher followed upon his retirement.
2. Recruit and develop
While former coach Kevin Sumlin brought talented quarterbacks to Texas A&M, he wasn’t always able to develop said talent, and even ran into some difficulty simply keeping that talent in College Station.
Fisher has a proven track record at LSU and FSU. In Baton Rouge, Fisher guided JaMarcus Russell to some outstanding seasons. Russell ranks third all-time in passing yards at LSU (6,625) and did it in just three seasons while the two ahead of him accumulated their yardage over four seasons. Russell was the top overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
It was a very similar story with Jameis Winston at FSU. In just two seasons, Winston piled up 7,964 passing yards, finishing third all-time at Florida State, while the two QBs ahead of him spent all four years racking up the yardage. Winston was the top overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Granted this season is not an indication of it, but Fisher has brought success on a very high level. From his first season, as quarterbacks coach at Auburn, Fisher has been successful. That 1993 Auburn team went undefeated. In six seasons at Auburn the Tigers finished first or second in the SEC standings in four of those years.
He knows what it takes to win in the ACC and the SEC as well. In seven seasons as QB coach and offensive coordinator at LSU, those Tigers won five bowl games and two SEC titles in addition to the 2003 national championship.
Fisher has all he needs to be successful at Texas A&M. While a football only facility remained on his Christmas list while at FSU, he has a state-of-the-art facility in College Station. Texas A&M spent $485 million to bring Kyle Field to a capacity of 102,512, the largest stadium in the SEC and fourth-largest in the country.
Everything’s bigger in Texas, or so they say. Well, the Aggies have the stadium to prove it and now have a coach to match.
Sure, it’s a two-way street, but the reported 10-year, $75 million deal screams commitment even in a day when the word has appeared to have lost its meaning in college football. With coaches fired midseason while others jump ship at the drop of a hat, Fisher’s contract certainly has raised some eyebrows in this time of instant gratification.
Given time to build his program at College Station, Fisher has all the tools necessary to continue a career that has proven to be nothing but highly successful.