The coaching carousel that dominated college football headlines in recent weeks appears to have finally come to a halt. Florida State somewhat unexpectedly found itself right in the thick of it, as former Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher bolted for Texas A&M, leaving Florida State to hire Willie Taggart away from Oregon.
Now that the dust has settled a bit, Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel identified the winners and losers of the coaching carousel in a Tuesday column. While Thamel didn’t mention the Seminoles, he did discuss Texas A&M’s hire of Fisher.
The Aggies, Thamel writes, are a loser.
Texas A&M offered Fisher a 10-year, $75 million contract, with all of that money guaranteed, after paying $10 million to buy out previous coach Kevin Sumlin, who the Aggies fired. That kind of money comes with the expectation of SEC and national championships. But, as Thamel points out, at Florida State, Fisher essentially conceded superiority of the ACC to Dabo Swinney and Clemson in recent seasons. His chances of entering the SEC West and suddenly toppling Nick Saban’s empire at Alabama seem slim.
Thamel sums it up best.
“The cocksure nature of this move is practically begging for it to backfire, as the championship standards he’s expected to reach haven’t happened in College Station since 1939,” Thamel writes. “The potential for this $75 million gamble to blow up spectacularly is much greater than the chances of it being a smashing success.”