Jimbo Fisher calls Texas A&M move a "no-brainer"
On Sunday, Texas A&M rolled out the Maroon carpet for Jimbo Fisher’s arrival. Less than 24 hours later, he received another Texas-sized welcome at his introductory press conference.
Fisher leaves Florida State after eight seasons and a national championship as head coach. It was a move that left many scratching their heads. In part, the decision came down to a common vision and a close relationship with Texas A&M Athletic Director Scott Woodward dating back to their days together at LSU.
“I think it was a no-brainer in a crazy way.” Fisher explained. “Again, my time at Florida State, I loved it, it was phenomenal and a tremendous place. But in our life there's opportunities out there, and with the people I'm working with and the place I'm going and him (Woodward) explaining the things to me as I researched I thought it was an opportunity I just couldn't pass up and a challenge I just couldn't pass up."
“He saw that vision and he made it clear that that was very important to him.” Woodward said. “And just culturally I knew it was right.”
Obviously, an historic 10-year $75 million deal also helped lure Fisher away from Tallahassee. In terms of total value, the fully guaranteed contract is the most lucrative ever given to a college football coach. Fisher knows with big money comes bigger expectations, but none greater than those he holds himself to.
“Now we have to put the expectations away,” Fisher said. “And as I say, organize the process of how we’re gonna get there and live those daily and create those habits so when those opportunities come we can take advantage of them.”
However lofty the expectations may be, it’s clear Fisher was brought in with one thing in mind: send Texas A&M football into the upper echelon of college football.
“Our goal every year is to win a national championship and always will be.” Fisher said.