Florida State head coach will be the new Texas A&M head coach. Is he the right fit? What’s next for Florida State?
Texas A&M got its guy.
But where’s the drama? Where’s the screaming and yelling? Where’s the soap opera craziness and where’s the insanity?
Say what you will about Jimbo Fisher, and say what you will about Texas A&M, and argue all you want about how hard it might be for the program to bust through, but there are four national championship head coaches currently in the game – Urban Meyer, Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney the others – and the Aggies just got one of them.
It’s a move. It’s a move to make a big statement in a division and a conference for a program that needs stability. Texas A&M can’t freak out if it doesn’t win a national title right away. Wait it out for Jordan to go play baseball – or for Nick Saban to finally retire/Bama to take a step back – and then be ready to pounce.
Fisher is only going to be 53 this football season. He’s in his prime to rock at a high level for at least another ten years, and along the way, he has to not only recruit among the elite – Kevin Sumlin could do that – he has to win more than just ten games with all the talent.
And that’s the issue. You can win ten games in the SEC West … and then Alabama goes off to win the SEC title, at least in most years.
But LSU and Auburn have shown it’s possible to take the division and the conference once in a while, and now it’ll be up to Fisher to at least get A&M in the discussion.
This year was an inexcusable flop at Florida State. Maybe it’s because the O really did rely on Deondre Francois to be special. Maybe Fisher sort of had one eye what was next – considering the flirtation and thoughts about the LSU job opening last year. But losing six games with this much talent isn’t okay, no matter what.
But before that, he cranked out six ten-win seasons in seven – that other win was 9-4 – with three ACC titles and a national championship. He won a BCS Championship with Jameis Winston, he won Orange Bowls with Francois and E.J. Manuel, and he proved he could take a powerhouse and revive it.
Now he gets to try making A&M amazing.
And what’s next for Florida State?
Oregon’s Willie Taggart is on the radar – even with the contract extension with the Ducks. Kevin Sumlin might be a thought in a coaching swap, and Kentucky’s Mark Stoops might be a consideration after his stint as an FSU assistant, but watch out for Virginia Tech head man Justin Fuente to be the No. 1 target.
But for now, it’s all about A&M doing this right. It got its coach, and now it’s Game On.