Jimbo Fisher has long been viewed as a potential NFL head coaching candidate. However, he won’t be in the mix for a pro job anytime soon. Fisher has left Florida State to accept the head coaching job at Texas A&M. It’s a ten-year deal that could be worth upwards of $80MM, Alex Marvez of The Sporting News (on Twitter) hears.
Even when he was firmly entrenched with the Seminoles, Fisher always left the door open for a possible ascension to the NFL.
“I love college and I had opportunities to go to pro football as an assistant coach and as a coordinator and I’ve had inquiries as a head coach,” said Fisher in May of 2016. “It’s got to be the right organization at the right time and the right situation if you’re ever interested. We have a great situation where I’m at. It’s not something that drives me.”
College coaching contracts often come with escape hatches, but a deal of this magnitude probably calls for a hefty buyout if Fisher bails early. At the very least, we know that Fisher will not be a candidate for NFL coaching vacancies this offseason.
In his eight years at FSU, Fisher amassed an 83-23 record, including a 48-17 record in ACC games.
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