The Jimbo Fisher era of Texas A&M football officially began Monday morning as the former Florida State coach made his introduction on campus at Kyle Field's Hall of Champions.
While some have questioned the Aggies' decision to give the 52-year-old Fisher a fully-guaranteed 10-year, $75 million contract after posting a 6-6 season with the Florida State Seminoles, there's one man who felt that contract wasn't enough -- Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jimbo Fisher is leaving Florida State for Texas A&M, four years after leading the Seminoles to their third nation…
The Houston Chronicle reported Sharp "scoffed" at critics Monday during Fisher's introduction to the university, affirming his faith that Fisher is the man for the job and worth every penny, and every year, of the agreed terms.
"We couldn't get him to agree to a 15-year deal, so this is the best we got," Sharp jokingly told the Chronicle. "We got the best coach available in the country. He's a winner, and we're perfectly happy to get him."
Fisher addressed the A&M faithful at his introduction Monday morning at Kyle Field's Hall of Champions and made himself right at home, jokingly admitting he "chews tobacco, shoots his gun and uses his fishing poles," according to the Houston Chronicle, and also proclaimed himself a "boot guy" when presented with a pair of Texas A&M cowboy boots.
All joking aside, Fisher said he is serious about improving the Aggies football team on and off the field and competing for a national championship.
"Your expectations will never be greater than mine," Fisher said at the introductory conference. "I promise you that."
The Chronicle said Fisher told those in attendance he's hitting the recruiting trail immediately and plans on being an "observer" at the Aggies' Belk Bowl game against Wake Forest Dec. 29 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
There is currently no timetable for when Fisher will fill out his staff, but he said he'd like to get that done as quickly as possible.
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