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Texas A&M is a mess as is Fisher’s coaching status

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Texas A&M Aggies season had such high expectations coming into the season. They even had the top-ranked recruiting class in the country in February.

It was considered to be the best recruiting class in the history of recruiting rankings. And now head coach Jimbo Fisher is battling for his job.

Jimbo Fisher looks on before a game (Photo by the Texas A&M Aggies Athletic Department)

Athletic Director Ross Bjork may decide to cut his losses. Bjork did not hire Fisher as he arrived from Ole Miss one year after Fisher was given a 10-year, $75 million deal by former athletic director Scott Woodward in December 2017.

Fisher is 37-20 as the Aggies’ head coach in four-plus seasons. And his $9 million salary this season makes things more complicated for Bjork.

And his buyout at the end of this season would be a whopping $86 million. This is what happens when a coach gets a fully guaranteed contract.

While the Aggies would have to pay the $86 million to fire Fisher, there is some hope to lessen the damage. If they make this move and he gets hired by a new school during the next coaching cycle, or in the future, Fisher’s new contract would eat into his old deal.

This means if he gets hired and receives a deal worth $50 million from the new school. Then, the Aggies would not be responsible for paying $50 million and would only have to pay the rest.

The odds are against the Aggies making a Bowl game this season. The team is 3-6.

Texas A&M could win the next two games against the Auburn Tigers and the UMASS Minutemen. However, come Thanksgiving weekend, they are unlikely to defeat the LSU Tigers in College Station, Texas.

With the loss to the Florida Gators on Saturday, the Aggies have dropped five straight games. This is the first time since the 1980 season that Texas A&M has dropped five straight games.

During this current five-game losing streak, the Aggies have been outscored 168-120. Three games were decided by four points.

The Gators defeated the Aggies by 17 points. The beginning of this five-game losing streak began with an 18-point loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

This was Fisher’s 57th game at the school. He was brought in to win College Football Playoff National Championships.

However, that has not happened.

His predecessor Kevin Sumlin was fired when his team struggled. But if you look at his first 57 games, Sumlin had a better record with the Aggies as he went 41-16.

With college boosters willing to pay big bucks to get out of a contract with a coach, who is not living up to expectations, the Aggies would be the latest big-name team to enter into this coaching cycle. But Fisher will be just fine as he will receive a buyout from the Aggies.

And will get to move on to a new home — should he be willing to start over right away. With the insane money thrown at coaches within the last year, Fisher could cash in with another massive deal.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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