Jimbo Fisher has stunned the college football world by departing Florida State, as reported by tallahassee.com. He’s leaving a place where he won a national title during his eight seasons, to become the head coach at Texas A&M. He’ll be joining the SEC West, where he will have to compete with Alabama, Auburn, and LSU to reach the college football playoffs. The full monetary terms have yet to filter out, though there have been reports of a 10-year deal, but trust that Texas A&M paid a handsome sum to attract Fisher.
Fisher’s move brings back memories of a similar hire 35 years ago, when Texas A&M boosters had enough of finishing behind top programs like Texas and Arkansas, and made a bold move. Back in January of 1982, it had been 14 years since the Aggies had last won the conference and appeared in the Cotton Bowl, and that had been the only appearance in 40 years.
I know it may be hard to picture now, but at the time Texas A&M went out and hired Jackie Sherrill away from Pittsburgh, Pitt was a national power every bit as much as Florida State has been recently.
Sherrill had replaced Johnny Majors (who left for his alma mater Tennessee after winning the 1976 national title), and had continued the Pitt program’s dominance. In the three years before he bolted for Texas A&M, Sherrill’s teams went 33-3 and had three top 10 finishes. They were coming off a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia and Herschel Walker, and his quarterback…Read More