Jimbo Fisher provides statement on LSU post-game altercation

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There was an altercation between an LSU staffer and Cole Fisher after the game on Saturday night; here’s what Jimbo Fisher had to say.

The game between Texas A&M and LSU was one of the most exciting games of the year, and maybe one of the greatest regular season games ever played, depending on how you view it (fans of defense were severely disappointed). But it ended in some controversy when the nephew of Jimbo Fisher, who is an undergraduate student manager, got into an altercation with LSU director of player personnel Kevin Faulk.

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Punches were thrown. Steve Kragthorpe, a 53-year old coach with Parknson’s disease, alleged he was punched in the pacemaker, and that’s what supposedly got Faulk riled up enough to come to blows with Cole Fisher. Dameyune Craig apparently came over and talking smack to the LSU sideline, which sparked this whole incident. There is also video that shows an LSU defensive back throwing a punch at Cole Fisher.

It’s an unfortunate situation that no head coach should have to deal with. Jimbo released a statement today saying the matter has been handled internally.

"“We have continued to look into an unfortunate postgame incident following a hard-fought, emotional game against LSU at Kyle Field on Saturday,” he said. “As a part of that review, I, along with Texas A&M administration, LSU and the SEC office, have been examining video of the incident as well as statements from relevant parties. I want to assure everyone that the matter has been addressed internally with my staff members, and we will continue to demand that our program conduct itself in a manner that meets the values and expectations of this great university. We look forward to continuing our season at a bowl destination.”"

Hopefully the team can move on and the SEC will hand down whatever punishment they deem appropriate for the parties involved from both sides. If Cole Fisher did anything wrong, which it looks like he actually shoves Kragthorpe, not punched like Kragthorpe alleged, he still shouldn’t be shoving anyone. He may have been defending himself or the university, but cooler heads need to prevail in that situation.

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It takes away from what was an otherwise incredible night for Texas A&M. They finally beat LSU in conference play. They had lost seven years in a row, often times getting blown out by the Tigers. The win has to validate hiring Fisher on some levels, even though the Aggies finished with just an 8-4 record in 2018.

They now await their bowl selection, which is likely going to come against a beatable team. If the Aggies finish 9-4 it will definitely feel like progress and the Ags will have a bright future with a top five (potentially top two) recruiting class coming in 2019.

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Hopefully the program moves past the post-game incident and will only be remembered for coming on top in one of the greatest games in college football history.

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