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Florida State Announces Jimbo Fisher Is Headed To Aggieland

News release from seminoles.com:

STATEMENT FROM FSU PRESIDENT JOHN THRASHER

Florida State University has one of the premier programs in college football and has had only two head football coaches in the past 40 years.

Today, Jimbo Fisher informed me he has accepted an offer to become the next head football coach at Texas A&M University. Coach Fisher did an exceptional job as both an assistant coach at FSU and in the challenging role of successor to the legendary Bobby Bowden. I believe Texas A&M is getting one of the best coaches in college football. We appreciate all he has done for our program and wish him and his family great success moving forward.

From the moment media reports began to circulate about our position, it became evident the job would attract great interest from a number of elite coaches, and we will move quickly to evaluate candidates from across the nation.

Our fans are the best in the country, loyal and passionate about developing student-athletes who are champions on and off the field. They’ve made Doak Campbell Stadium one of the most thrilling venues in all of college sports along with its storied traditions that represent the spirit and excellence of our distinguished university, athletically and academically. The excitement around Florida State is indisputable, and a tremendous opportunity awaits whoever is chosen as our new head football coach.

STATEMENT FROM FSU VICE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS STAN WILCOX

“President Thrasher and I have worked together through this challenging period while Coach Fisher was making a decision, and I appreciate the cooperation, support and leadership he has provided,” said Stan Wilcox, Florida State University Vice President and Director of Athletics.

In the interim, I have appointed associate head coach and defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins to serve as our head coach versus ULM.

As the president alluded to, we are extremely pleased by the quality of individuals who have already expressed interest in being the head coach at Florida State University. I am confident we will fill the position very soon.

I would tell our supporters and fans the same thing that I told our team: we will hire a head coach that will lead Florida State to ACC and National Championships; one who will maintain our commitment to academic excellence; and one who will make you proud to be a Seminole.”

 

The Texas A&M system board of regents has scheduled a special meeting for Monday morning at 9 to officially hire Fisher.

Screen shot of the Texas A&M system board of regents meeting notice for December 4, 2017.

(Source: John Raoux, Associated Press)

Wayne E McGahee III of the Tallahassee Democrat reports that Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher has resigned and accepted the head coaching job at Texas A&M.

When asked earlier this week about job speculation, Fisher refused to answer and stated that he would coach the Seminoles’ regular-season game against Louisiana-Monroe.

With Fisher’s departure, defensive line coach Odell Haggins will act as Florida State’s interim head coach for Saturday’s game against the Warhawks.

In eight seasons, Fisher lead the Seminoles to an 83-23 record, winning a BCS National Championship in 2013. 2017 marked his worst year in Tallahassee at the helm, with the ‘Noles going just 5-6.

Fisher replaces Kevin Sumlin, who was fired following the Aggies’ 45-21 loss to LSU in the regular season finale.

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Posted by on Dec 1 2017. Filed under Featured Stories, Sports.

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