Multiple outlets are reporting that Jimbo Fisher, head of the Florida State Seminoles for eight years, has left for the vacant head coaching job at Texas A&M.
ESPN said Fisher won't coach Saturday's regular-season finale at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles are scheduled to play Louisiana-Monroe. A win would make them bowl-eligible.
Fisher handed in his resignation after a meeting with university President John Thrasher on Friday, according to the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because Florida State had not announced the move.
This year marks the first time since 2011 that the Seminoles have not won 10 or more games or qualified for a New Year's Six bowl.
Jimbo Fisher did what I believe is the hardest thing to do in sports - he replaced a legend and had success. Won a national title. Yet he will exit with the feel of Urban leaving Florida in my opinion.— Brent Martineau (@BrentASJax) December 1, 2017
When one of my sources told me Monday that Jimbo Fisher was leaving FSU for Texas A&M for a 10-yr, $80M contract, I didn't report it because I simply couldn't believe it. I'm now told overall value may actually be even MORE with incentives. We'll see but just wow if true.— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) December 1, 2017
After a loss to Louisville on Oct. 21, Fisher got into a verbal altercation with a fan who kept yelling that it is time to hire new assistant coaches.
Fisher has been critical of fans and media comments during a disappointing season. The Seminoles were ranked third in the AP preseason poll but lost quarterback Deondre Francois in the opener against Alabama and were 3-6 at one point.
isher is 83-23 in eight seasons at Florida State. He led the Seminoles to the national championship in 2013, three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and four ACC Atlantic Division crowns.
Since winning 33 of 34 games between 2013 and '15, the Seminoles have struggled. They are 19-12 in their last 31 games, including 10-10 in the ACC.
Last December, Fisher signed a contract extension through 2024 that makes him among the highest-paid coaches in the country. He is making $5.7 million this season, which is sixth-highest.
Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward and Fisher worked together at LSU.
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