Texas A&M football head coach Jimbo Fisher is at SEC spring meetings and finally commented publicly about new athletic director Ross Bjork.
This program is at a crossroads: Down one path for Texas A&M football is contending for conference and national championships every year, the other stuck in the same annoying good but not great limbo that is all too familiar to any Aggie being honest with themselves. Jimbo Fisher was brought in for one reason and one reason only: to bring a National Championship to Aggieland.
This is why getting an athletic director who would have a good working relationship with Fisher was imperative, and also why, albeit behind the scenes, Fisher had a say in who the next person for the job would be after Scott Woodward bolted for LSU.
Anyone with a brain could have figured he would have his hand in the process. This athletic department approved and 10-year, fully guaranteed $75 million contract for Fisher, which makes him one of the highest paid coaches in college football. R.C. Slocum led the charge but Jimbo was right there with him.
So it should come as no surprise when Bjork and Fisher have nothing but nice things to say about each other. They both need this relationship to work to be successful. It’s no secret Fisher’s issues with the Florida State brass are the main reason he wanted out despite winning a title there. He commented on the Bjork hire at the SEC spring meetings this week in Destin, FL.
"“He’s very articulate, he has a big picture vision of where things go, he did a good job of fundraising while he was at Ole Miss during some critical times” said Fisher, according to 247 Sports. “Even during tough times he was able to fundraise. Academically they’re the second highest APR after Vanderbilt. He does a great job of understanding the benefit for the athletes and the life after football for those athletes, for our men and women. For his vision of what he saw as an athletic department…not just myself but I think all coaches would share that.”"
Both Fisher and current men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams had similar things to say about Bjork’s handling of the Hugh Freeze situation. It’s clear they both believe he will be a successful leader.
Fun fact about Bjork: he was the youngest athletic director in Division 1 when he was hired by Western Kentucky. He comes from SEC territory in Ole Miss, so he understands what it will take to compete in this conference. Fisher and Bjork have mutual admiration of one another, which is all anyone can ask for at this point.