As Jimbo Fisher walked the stage as Texas A&M's new head football coach inside Kyle Field's Hall of Champions Monday morning, it confirmed one thing - the Aggies were capable of securing a top-tier coach.
Fisher said at his introductory press conference that no one's expectations for the A&M program would be higher than his, a big statement considering the fanfare with which he comes to Aggieland.
Following a meeting that lasted less than 30 minutes, Charles Schwartz, chairman of the Board of Regents, said the guaranteed 10-year, $75 million contract signaled what he expects will be a "momentous step for our university". "And I grew up on horses". "I am proud they have chosen to join our staff as we get started at Nebraska". "He was the target always".
"I definitely do or I wouldn't be here", he said. On defense, the Aggies should bring back the same number, which does not include seasoned veterans Donovan Wilson and Nick Harvey returning to the mix from injury in the secondary.
"You like continuity particularly with the more successful programs because I think continuity contributes to the success when you've got the right person in the job".
Fisher takes over for Kevin Sumlin, who was fired Nov. 26 after the Aggies finished the regular season 7-5 and 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference. "He made a very positive contribution to the ACC and I'm sure he'll make a very positive contribution to the SEC and to Texas A&M as he has at FSU and the ACC".
"Can we just go ahead and queue this up for the end of each season for the next four or five years?" tweeted college football fan Wesley Gottesman.
For the first time since Johnny Majors left Pitt for Tennessee in 1976, a coach with a national title to his name left directly for another college program.
"I had no plans on ever leaving there", Fisher said. The Trojans have been recruiting Taylor-Stuart for a long while and he's been to campus multiple times including a recent trip to The Coliseum for a game.
Now, Fisher and Woodward have been reunited. Courtney Harrison remains the most mysterious girlfriend on the college football head coach circuit. He's no stranger to the conference after working as an assistant at both Auburn and LSU before moving on to Florida State. But it is clear the Aggies are committed to one thing - winning.
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