Jimbo Fisher officially jumped to Texas A&M from Florida State earlier in the week, as Fisher accepted a deal that is reported to be the largest in college football coaching history at 10-years, $75 million total.
Florida State athletic director Stan Wilcox commented on Fisher’s departure and made one thing very clear: Florida State simply couldn’t match that kind of offer.
“Jimbo is one of the top coaches in the country. … I’m worried if I have a coach that’s not being pursued every year. So every year, he’s being pursued. It finally got to the point where there was a pursuit out there that we couldn’t match,” Wilcox said.
“We’re working on it. We’re getting there. The ACC Network is going to be up in ’19, so there will be additional resources coming into Florida State, just as all the other ACC schools, so at some point in time we may have the resources Texas A&M has, but it got to a point where a school came calling and they basically allowed Jimbo to make history and we just weren’t able to do that here.”
Wilcox makes a good point in that there is only so much that Florida State can do from a spending aspect, and that’s even as a program that rakes in a lot of money. Fisher is a great coach, but the Seminoles got outbid, and now they need to move on and continue to make their program as attractive as possible.
The A&M job was open after the firing of Kevin Sumlin on Sunday. Sumlin was 51-26 in his career at Texas A&M, but the administration had grew tired of Sumlin after his apparent failures to build upon the 11-2 record in his first season in College Station.
Fisher was 83-23 in his eight seasons in Tallahassee, including one national title that he won with Jameis Winston in 2013.