The Texas A&M Aggies backed up the truck to land Jimbo Fisher from Florida State, giving him a 10-year, $75-million contract to coach the team.
Many have wondered why Fisher would leave a place where he’s won a national title to join a program that is trying to take the next step to becoming a serious contender.
ESPN host Paul Finebaum said on “The Opening Drive” on WJOX on Monday that he thinks Fisher made the right move, though, citing Florida State’s up-and-down relationship with him, the tough recruiting environment in Florida and a boatload of Aggie money as the biggest reasons why Fisher made the right decision.
“I do like the move by him, because I think he knew the upside,” he said. “He and (Auburn coach Gus) Malzahn have followed very similar paths — up and down, playing for championships, falling in and out of favor. I think he realized that, first of all, the state of Florida is getting more difficult with Mark Richt, with Dan Mullen, with (Lane) Kiffin, with everyone else in that state. Sometimes you just need a change. We’ve all been there at some point.
“It would be one thing to make a lateral move to LSU for not as much money, but when the boys at Texas A&M say, ‘Just write the check,’ that gets your attention. There is nothing like Texas money.”
Finebaum added on the SEC Network on Monday that he would be surprised if the Aggies aren’t playing for an SEC title within the next few years:
— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) December 4, 2017
Fisher has his hands full to compete against teams like Alabama, Auburn and LSU in the SEC West, but the Aggies are counting on him to turn things around in College Station.