Jimbo Fisher leaving FSU for Texas A&M job


Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher gives instructions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boston College in Boston, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.

Fisher refused to decline speculation he was interested in the Texas A&M job before the Seminoles' season-ending matchup against Louisiana Monroe. FSU (5-6) needs a win to become bowl eligible.

Florida State will find out who their opponent and destination will be during Sunday afternoon when the bowl games and matchups are revealed during ESPN's Selection Sunday show.

While Florida State was holding its final practice for Saturday's game, Texas A&M's Board of Regents was meeting to discuss the hiring of a new coach.

Fisher's buyout from Florida State is the sum remaining on the contracts of his assistants who are not retained, which would be in the range of $7 million. He succeeded Bobby Bowden in 2010.

"No call, no text, you could of said something ..." "I wish him the very best".

The Seminoles could have gone into a scant Doak Campell Stadium and just fall flat, but interim head coach Odell Haggins and his staff made sure that was not going to happen, as they put up 504 yards of total offense in the win. The excitement around Florida State is indisputable, and a tremendous opportunity awaits whoever is chosen as our new head football coach. And I guess we'll see [Fisher] next year, if that's what he's going to do. They'll hire a great coach.

Texas A&M has invested heavily in facilities the past five years, including a football operations center. If he is [going to the Aggies], I can't get rid of him. Sumlin, Oregon's Willie Taggart, South Florida's Charlie Strong and Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente are options who might be considered.

One student said she was happy to hear Fisher was gone, pointing at the teams 5-6 record this season.

Texas A&M last won a conference championship in 1998 when the Aggies were members of the Big 12.

Information from ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Sam Khan Jr. and The Associated Press was used in this report.