It's been one of the craziest weeks in FSU football sports history.Finally, the speculation about the future of FSU football and its head coach can move forward with the news of Jimbo Fisher accepting the job at Texas A&M. "I am confident we will fill the position very soon". Fisher had too much guaranteed money at Florida State to make that remotely possible.
The Register-Guard confirmed that OR did offer Taggart a contact extension last weekend, which Sports Illustrated reported as a five-year deal worth $20 million. "I know he did an unbelievable job at Florida State". It works out to an annual salary of $7.5 million, making Fisher the second-highest paid coach in the FBS behind only Bama's Nick Saban, who will make $8.1 million annually starting in 2018. Ole Miss got slapped with a two-year bowl ban, and nobody wanting to coach at Tennessee, while Arkansas is trying to find an athletic director so that they can try and hire a halfway-competent head coach. That leads us to Fisher's contract at A&M.
Fisher goes to a program that has lofty hopes amid a drought: Texas A&M last won a conference championship in 1998, when it was in the Big 12. The school's lone national championship came in 1939. How much cash will they have if Fisher delivers teams at A&M like he had at Florida State? Oregon's Willie Taggart, former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and South Florida's Charlie Strong are options who might be considered. "I don't have any doubt about that".
Information from ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Sam Khan Jr. and The Associated Press was used in this report.