Fisher to become next coach at Texas A&M

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has agreed to become the new head coach at Texas A&M sources have told the Tallahassee Democrat.

He will not coach the Seminoles against Louisiana-Monroe at noon on Saturday. Odell Haggins will be the interim head coach.

Sources told ESPN that Texas A&M officials have approved a 10-year, $75 million contract for Fisher, which is the richest deal in college football history in terms of total value.

He'll be the second-highest-paid coach in the FBS, with an average salary of $7.5 million, which ranks behind only Alabama's Nick Saban.

The Aggies will pay Fisher more than double what they paid Sumlin, who made $35.5 million over six years, including his buyout.

Fisher was in his eighth year as the FSU head coach with an 83-23 overall record, but leaves FSU with one game left in the 2017 regular season.

With Fisher gone, FSU will be entering into the coaching carousel for the first time in 41 years when Bobby Bowden was hired in 1976.

He took over a program that had gone 7-6 three times in the four years before Fisher took over, and he immediately turned the program around winning 19 games in his first two seasons, and reaching the programs first ACC title game since 2010.

Fisher then parlayed that into a three year stretch from 2012-2014 where the Seminoles went 39-3 with three ACC titles – FSU hadn’t won the ACC since 2005 — and a 14-0 national championship season in 2013, the program’s first since 1999.

Fisher then became a hot name for the coaching rumor mill being mentioned for jobs at LSU, Texas, Auburn, West Virginia, and Tennessee before ultimately leaving FSU for Texas A&M.

USA TODAY

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