Jimbo Fisher to take Texas A&M head coaching job

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.

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.

Fisher became FSU's head coach in 2010, taking over for Bobby Bowden after being named head-coach-in-waiting and offensive coordinator in 2007.

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.

Fisher turned the LSU rumors into a raise following the 2015 season and then into an extension through 2024 in following the 2016 season when LSU came calling once again.

That contract extension made Fisher the sixth highest paid head coach in college football at $5.55 million annually.

FSU finished 10-3 in both seasons.

The Seminoles entered the 2017 season as the preseason No. 3 team in the country, but now sit at 5-6 needing a win against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday to extend its bowl game streak to 36 straight seasons.

He finished his FSU career 20-11 against Power-5 opponents over his last three seasons, and is just 10-10 over his last 20 games.

With Fisher gone, FSU will turn its focus to Oregon coach Willie Taggart. USA Today reported Wednesday that the administration has already started its vetting process with Taggart.

He has been at Oregon for one season with a 7-5 record after the Ducks went 4-8 a season ago, and has a 47-50 overall record.

Sports director Jim Henry contributed to this report.

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