Texas A&M University has terminated football coach Jimbo Fisher amid a subpar 6-4 season, making a significant financial commitment in the process. Fisher, who had eight years left on his contract, is set to receive a buyout exceeding $75 million. The decision follows a meeting last Thursday where school officials assessed Fisher’s future with the program. Ross Bjork, the university’s athletics director, recommended a change in leadership, citing the need for Aggie football to reach its full potential. Fisher, who initially signed a 10-year, $75 million contract in 2017, saw his contract extended in 2021 to a 10-year, $95 million agreement through 2031.
Despite a peak in 2020 with a 9-1 record and an Orange Bowl victory, Fisher’s coaching stint saw a downturn, marked by an 8-4 record in 2021 and a 5-7 record last season. Recent losses to Miami, Alabama, Tennessee, and Ole Miss, coupled with a victory against Mississippi State, led to Fisher’s departure. With 10 losses in his last 15 games against Power 5 opponents, Fisher faced mounting criticism.
Fisher’s exit comes as Texas A&M aims for a fresh start and seeks improved performance for its football program. The university expressed gratitude for Fisher’s time but emphasized the necessity of a leadership change. Fisher’s departure will result in him earning roughly $2.6 million per win over his six-year coaching tenure.
The decision to part ways with Fisher signals a strategic move by Texas A&M to revitalize the football program and position it for future success.
Jimbo Fisher will be paid $26,301 PER DAY over the next 8 years to NOT coach at Texas A&M!! pic.twitter.com/IXGwhDDevb
— 🎙️🔊🎶 Russell Howard 🎤📻🎧 (@RadioDjRoadDogg) November 14, 2023
🚨BREAKING🚨 It has been reported that Ohio State’s Ryan Day will leave to get the head coaching job for Texas A&M to replace Jimbo Fisher!😦 pic.twitter.com/LgrA1P9h2K
— Go Blue Designs (@DesignsGB26) November 14, 2023
Breaking News: Jimbo Fisher has been spotted at the Sports Page in Morgantown, WV.
Reports indicate he “just wanted to grab a beer at the ‘best bar in America.’”
More to come as the story unfolds pic.twitter.com/0FhHPK1KeX
— Spage Enthusiast (@SpageEnthusiast) November 14, 2023