Texas A&M is reportedly preparing to fire head football coach Jimbo Fisher, per TexAgs. Multiple outlets confirmed the reporting.
Fisher is still due more than $70 million from a 10-year, $95 million contract signed in 2021. He arrived at Texas A&M in 2018 and has a record of 45-25 with three bowl wins since then. Going back to last year, the school is 8-10 in its last 18 games.
Fisher was previously lured away from Florida State, where he had won a national championship in 2013, by a massive 10-year, fully guaranteed contract at the end of the 2017 season.
That contract was extended back to 10 years after he led the Aggies to a 9-1 record during the 2020 pandemic season, by far A&M’s best year under Fisher.
According to his contract, Fisher is owed the entirety of what remains on his deal — regardless of whether he gets another job in coaching — a staggering buyout that is more than triple the largest known amount given to a fired head coach.
Auburn paid out about $21 million when it fired Gus Malzahn after the 2020 season.
Fisher was asked if the season was frustrating after Saturday night’s 51-10 victory over Mississippi State.
“It’s not frustrating, but it’s disappointing at times,” Fisher said. “Like I’ve said, we’re three or four plays from playing in a playoff spot. But we’ve got to put that past us and grow from it and learn from it for next year.”
Landing Fisher was seen as a power move by then-Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward. A coach had not left a school where he won a national championship and immediately jumped to another job since Johnny Majors left Pittsburgh for Tennessee in 1977.
Texas A&M has only one national title to its credit (in 1939) and last won a conference championship in 1998 as a member of the Big 12.
At Fisher’s introductory news conference, school leaders made their goals clear, having a national championship trophy made up with “20–” engraved on it.
Fisher never even won a Southeastern Conference division title, and when the Aggies went 5-7 last season and failed to qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 2008, the pressure ramped up in 2023.
He was hired to replace Kevin Sumlin, who was fired with one game left in 2017 with a 7-5 record that year and a 51-26 mark in six seasons. But Fisher didn’t even match the success of Sumlin — who went 11-2 in his first season when Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy — much less elevate the team under his command.
Fisher finally gave up play-calling duties and hired former head coach Bobby Petrino to run the offense. There was some improvement on that side of the ball, though injuries — most notably to promising quarterback Conner Weigman — blunted progress.
An early-season loss to Miami made Texas A&M fans quickly begin to wonder if anything had changed. A stretch of three losses in four games to Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi assured the Aggies of another season in the middle of the pack in the SEC.
The Aggies have regular-season games left against Abilene Christian and LSU.
This story will be updated with additional information.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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