ESPN's Matt Barrie, Paul Finebaum sound off on Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M AD Ross Bjork
Things are going from bad to worse for Texas A&M’s football program.
The Aggies opened the year ranked 6th nationally and as a trendy College Football Playoff pick. But they are now 3-4 after losing at South Carolina on Saturday night.
A&M was off the previous Saturday and hoping to start the 2nd half of its season on a strong note.
It didn’t happen. Instead, Jimbo Fisher’s team looked terrible in Columbia, losing 30-24.
Fisher has been under fire for much of the season and the heat has been cranked up a bit higher after yet another loss.
“Texas A&M cannot get out of their own way,” said ESPN analyst Matt Barrie on the network’s Week 8 Recap show of the Aggies’ abysmal showing at South Carolina and disappointing season to date.
Barrie’s colleague, Paul Finebaum, then set his sights squarely on Fisher, as well as Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork
“The one thing that has been established is Jimbo is assured of that 8-4 season, at a minimum, and he would be very lucky to finish 8-4,” Finebaum said. “… If the predicate of every sentence is, but he won’t be fired because he has an $86 million buyout, then what’s the subject? The subject is; this has been a bad hire.”
Finebaum then turned his attention to Bjork, and was equally critical.
“What’s even worse than that, and we’re talking about athletic director malpractice here, was giving (Fisher) an extension last year,” Finebaum continued. “… What had Jimbo Fisher done to encourage Ross Bjork, the athletic director, to give him an extension that made it impossible to fire him? … You have to look, at least in the short term, as that being one of the worst devisions an athletic director has ever made.”
You can see the entire segment about Fisher and Texas A&M in the video below: