Jimbo Fisher first earned a name for himself at Florida State University, where he won the BCS National Championship in 2013 and sent Jameis Winston to the NFL. Since leaving Tallahassee in 2017, the college football coach has remained one of the most prominent names in the sport, and his tenure (and recent firing) from Texas A&M is a hot topic.
As Fisher moves into the next phase of his life, he'll walk away with a record $77 million buyout. The next chapter for Jimbo will include watching his son, Trey Fisher, play quarterback for Florida A&M University back in Tallahassee. It will also include his younger second wife, Courtney Harrison Fisher.
What happened to wife No. 1? Well, buckle up. Jimbo may be well on his way to raking in the cash after his firing, but his messy divorce from his first wife, Candi Fisher, was an expensive one.
Jimbo and Ex-Wife Candi Fisher Share Two Kids
Born Candace Leigh Coogler to Franklin Coogler and Suzanne Ballard in Auburn, Alabama, Candi Fisher attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. There, she met her future husband. Jimbo Fisher played quarterback at Samford, where he won the Division III National Player of the Year in 1987 under head coach Terry Bowden.
Jimbo and Candi got married in 1989 and have two children together, Ethan Fisher and Trey Fisher.
Trey played quarterback at a Tallahassee high school and signed to play for FCS program Tennessee-Martin in February 2020. He transferred to Florida A&M University, where he remains on the roster.
The youngest son, Ethan, was diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening bone marrow disorder called Fanconi Anemia, which can cause bone marrow failure and increases chances of cancer, in 2011 at just 6 years old. Candi oversaw the Kidz1stFund, a non-profit organization that the couple started to raise awareness and fund research for the disorder.
Ethan recently committed to his father's alma mater, Samford, as a kicker.
Jimbo and Candi were together every step of his coaching career. It wasn't until after Jimbo and the Seminoles won a national title in 2013 that things began heading downhill.
Jimbo's Divorce Cost Him Millions
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) December 30, 2015
The two separated in 2015 after 22 years of marriage, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. They then divorced the same year.
Candi reportedly walked away with $3.4 million and $4,500 per month in child support. That may look like a hefty paycheck to us, but considering Fisher's ridiculously lucrative contract and buyout with Texas A&M, it really isn't all that much.
When Fisher accepted the job in College Station, the entire Fisher family — including Candi — headed out west to the Lone Star State.
"We don't want to separate the kids," Fisher told The Dallas Morning News. "We're parents. We're separated and we're divorced, but at the same time we're still mom and dad to these kids and we want them to have both of us in their lives."
Fisher's time in College Station is now over after six seasons, however.
Candi Fisher's Cheating Allegations
Jimbo Fisher and his wife Candi have separated, and some nasty cheating rumors surfaced less than a week ago http://t.co/Ck2HqRstBI
— Steve DelVecchio (@SteveDelSports) June 11, 2015
Allegations of Candi Fisher's extramarital affairs began to swirl after the divorce. According to former Miami Herald reporter Jose Lambiet of GossipExtra.com, Candi was allegedly cheating on Jimbo with her personal trainer in Tallahassee. That led to people saying really nasty things to her on Twitter.
That personal trainer turned out to be former Florida Gators wide receiver Taylor Jacobs (who is 12 years younger than she is). His name was even mentioned in court records, according to Deadspin. Maybe it really does mean more in the SEC?
Lambiet also reported that Fisher had an affair with former Florida State tennis star Owen Long (who is 19 years younger), who will forever be known for this instead of his efforts on the tennis court.
Jimbo Married Courtney Harrison Fisher During the Pandemic
— Texas A&M Athletics (@12thMan) December 4, 2017
Aggie and Seminole fans discovered that Jimbo Fisher had moved on from Candi in 2017.
Texas A&M tweeted a picture of Fisher and his family, which included a woman named Courtney Harrison. She'd also been spotted kissing coach Fisher following Florida State's win over Michigan in the 2016 Orange Bowl, when she become trending topic on social media. Unfortunately, little is known about Courtney except that she looks much younger than her 58-year-old husband.
Jimbo and Courtney officially tied the knot in August 2020. Fisher called it a "COVID wedding" that didn't have any attendees.
"[Courtney and I] got married here in [College Station]. It was a big ceremony...it was her and myself and the preacher. It was a COVID wedding but I'm very blessed to have Courtney," he told reporters in College Station.
Hopefully, Jimbo Fisher's crew is now one big, happy family. It certainly is a richer one after he was fired.
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