Texas A&M Football: Cornerbacks coach calls A&M ‘best job in America’

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Texas A&M football is under a microscope now thanks to the Jimbo Fisher hiring, but one of his position coaches thinks they have the “best job in the country.”

Texas A&M’s football program has always been in the spotlight thanks to being one of the bigger universities in Texas, a state where people like to joke that football is a religion. That’s not far from the truth.

Aggies care deeply about their football program, no matter what outsiders might say about us or the team. Sure, the team has rarely met lofty expectations, often set by high ranked recruiting classes or hot starts, but A&M has always been a nice job for a head coach. That was no more evident than when Jimbo Fisher left Florida State — where he had won a national title — to take over at A&M.

The money he took and the high expectations he brings put the program under a different kind of microscope. There is maybe more pressure than ever on the staff to produce tangible results. Still, that hasn’t stopped one of Fisher’s assistant coaches from heaping high praise on Texas A&M.

"“The SEC conference – which is the best conference in America. Playing against the best every single weekend – the demands that go into it, the time you’ve got to put into it, the competitive factors that are involved in playing in this conference. All those factors involved, I really believe that this is the best job in America.”"

That was Maurice Linguist, according to 247Sports, who is the cornerbacks coach for the Aggies. Having been raised in Texas, playing for a state-championship team in Mesquite, and playing safety at Baylor, Linguist knows a thing or two about Texas football.

That’s not to say he is biased in any way. The 34-year old has coached at Mississippi State, Iowa State, Buffalo, James Madison and Valdosta State. After his hire, Jimbo talked about what he saw in Linguist.

"“He’s extremely articulate and extremely organized,” Fisher told 12thManTV. “A lot of young guys, they know the game but can they organize and coach? He’s on the board, teaching his technique. And how he explained, he’s a very articulate guy and put it in a way that I thought, as a young player, I could grasp.”“[He is] a very good recruiter on the road. Guys that coached with him and coached against him spoke very highly of him. And when you meet him, it didn’t take long to know that he’s going to be a heck of a coach.”"

I don’t know about y’all, but it makes me feel good to know how much a coach loves his job. It means he’s going to put every ounce of himself into the job and get everything he can out of his players. Hearing Jimbo speak, and hearing Linguist speak, it’s clear how much these guys care and will do whatever it takes to succeed.

Here is Linguist gushing more about A&M:

"“The 12thMan, the pride and tradition of Texas A&M football, it doesn’t take you too long – I think from five miles away you can see Kyle Field down on Highway 6. You understand…the support system that’s here; how much Texas A&M football means to people. You think about the tradition of all the elite coaches and all the elite players that have been through Texas A&M, the championships, the Wrecking Crew.”"

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Linguist has his work cut out for him. The Aggies ranked 85th in the country in passing yards allowed and lost Armani Watts and Priest Willis to graduation and Nick Harvey to transfer. There is certainly potential lurking in the remaining group. Hopefully Linguist and the love for his job can get the most of out those guys.

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