Kevin Sumlin won't be Texas A&M's football coach next year, and the Aggies have their sights set on Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher as his successor, according to a USA Today report.
Citing sources, the report says Fisher's relationship with A&M athletic director Scott Woodward, dating back to their time at LSU, is key here. Sumlin, who's been in College Station since 2012, won't be retained for the 2018 season, the report says.
The Seminoles are in the midst of disappointing 3-6 season after beginning the season ranked No. 3.
Besides Fisher's relationship with Woodward and FSU's poor season, Fisher also reportedly riled up FSU administrators last week when he said rival Clemson's rise has come from "their administration (doing) a tremendous job of spending and doing and building. Not just building, but all the things behind the scenes."
Fisher's salary pays him $5.5 million annually through the 2024 season.
The appeal of the Aggies aggressive spending on facilities is also reportedly considered intriguing to Fisher.
Fisher's name was connected to LSU the past two seasons.
Last November The Advocate reported that LSU decision-makers used Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher’s talked-about candidacy as a ruse to quietly negotiate with Herman and stay ahead of the University of Texas in the chase for the 41-year-old hotshot, but the potential deal fizzled after reports on Thursday night exposed a plan the Tigers had kept shrouded for days.
Ed Orgeron was eventually hired as the team's coach.
According to USA Today, Fisher's buyout is equal to the amount owed to his assistant coaches, which could be as much as $7.2 million.