Fisher resigns as Florida St. coach, heading to Texas A&M

Sheri Evans
December 2, 2017

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, four years after winning a national championship, is leaving to become the head coach at Texas A&M, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Deep in the offices of the Memorial Student Center, the Texas A&M Board of Regents held a special meeting to discuss A&M's next head football coach.

Sumlin had two years remaining on his contract, which calls for a $10 million buyout to be paid within 60 days of his termination. Florida State is trying to avoid its first losing season since 1976. The school's lone national championship came in 1939.

Florida State said in its statement Friday that it would "move quickly" to evaluate candidates for the coaching position.

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Fisher reportedly has grown frustrated with Florida State officials over the failure to improve football facilities.

Fisher replaces Kevin Sumlin, who was sacked following the Aggies' 45-21 loss to LSU in the regular season finale. Fisher made $5.7 million this season at FSU.

He won't coach in Saturday's game against Louisiana-Monroe, sources told ESPN. Oregon's Willie Taggart, former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and South Florida's Charlie Strong are options who might be considered.

On ESPNU SiriusXM radio Thursday, Fisher said he was not going to talk about potential jobs. I expect them to make a hire in the coming week or so whoever the new coach turns out to be. How much cash will they have if Fisher delivers teams at A&M like he had at Florida State?

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