There were six head coaching changes in the SEC this offseason, counting interim Ole Miss coach Matt Luke landing the position full-time in Oxford, which is incredibly high historically for the league. Which new coach will be the most successful over time at his school when all is said and done?
ESPN’s college football writer Mark Schlabach was asked that question recently during an appearance on 94.5 FM WJOX program The Opening Drive. His response? Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M.
“I think Jimbo Fisher probably becomes the most successful for Texas A&M,” Schlabach said on the show. “I think Jimbo is one of the better coaches in the country, I think A&M has been a sleeping giant for decades now. They love to spend money, they have the facilities, they have the fan base, obviously located in one of the more fertile recruiting hotbeds in America — so he can get players.
“I like the staff he’s assembled, so far. I think it will take a couple years for him to get the personnel he needs but I think long term he’s probably the guy.”
Fisher was only the second coach in the last 40 seasons to leave an FBS program voluntarily after winning a national championship for another FBS program. The last one before Fisher was Johnny Majors jumping from Pitt to Tennessee in 1977.
Considering the unusual move, Fisher must really believe he can win big in College Station. Apparently, he’s not the only one.