Texas A&M Fires Jimbo Fisher Despite Massive Buyout

By Jack Emerson on November 12, 2023 at 11:46 am
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The Jimbo Fisher era at Texas A&M came to an end on Sunday.

Texas A&M announced Sunday that it will part ways with Fisher, setting in motion a massive buyout that will net him more than $75 million. As reported by ESPN's Pete Thamel, Aggies associate head coach Elijah Robinson is expected to take the reins as the Aggies’ interim head coach. 

"After very careful analysis of all the components related to Texas A&M football, I recommended [President Mark A. Welsh III] and then Chancellor [John] Sharp that a change in the leadership of the program was necessary in order for Aggie football to reach our full potential and they accepted my decision," Texas A&M Director of Athletics Ross Bjork said in a statement. "We appreciate Coach Fisher's time here at Texas A&M and we wish him the best in his future endeavors." 

The decision to part ways with Fisher came after Texas A&M defeated Mississippi State 51-10 on Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Robinson will take over a 6-4 Aggie squad, which has forged a 4-3 record in the Southeastern Conference, with two games remaining in the regular season. 

Texas A&M signed Fisher to a 10-year, $75 million contract in 2017, which rose to 10 years, $95 million fully guaranteed after he received an updated deal in 2021, following his immense success at Florida State — where he led the Seminoles to the 2013 national title. 

Fisher could not live up to the lofty expectations that come with a contract of that magnitude, registering a 45-25 record — including a 27-21 mark in SEC play — across six seasons in College Station. Despite signing the No. 1 overall recruiting class ahead of the 2022 season, the Aggies plummetted to 5-7 — their first losing record since 2009. 

Texas A&M's remaining schedule includes a home contest against Abilene Christian on Saturday and a trip to Death Valley to take on LSU on Nov. 25. 

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