The Texas A&M football team made headlines recently, but not for their on-field results. Yes, the Aggies have won two consecutive games against Alabama and Missouri, both formidable SEC opponents, but some off-the-field SEC-related news had TAMU fans worried.
That news was that Ed Orgeron and LSU will be parting ways at the conclusion of the 2021 season.
Immediately after, Jimbo Fisher’s name began to be thrown around in relation to the LSU head coaching job. After all, it makes sense — Fisher is one of the best coaches in college football and has connections to LSU. Who else would be a better fit?
Should we trust Texas A&M football HC Jimbo Fisher’s rejection of the LSU job?
Thankfully for Aggie fans, as quickly as rumors arose, Jimbo Fisher shut them down. The Aggie head coach explained that he was happy in College Station and didn’t want to coach any other team. Here’s how he said it.
"“I love being here. This is the job I want. I love being here. I have an unbelievable chancellor, an unbelievable president, an unbelievable AD. I believe in what we’re building here.”"
Fisher continued by complimenting LSU, saying “I coached there [at LSU]. It was a great place. We won national championships. It is one of the best places in America. It’s a wonderful place.” But he reassured, once again, that he was comfortable in Aggieland, stating “I love being at A&M and I plan on being here” before becoming visibly frustrated with reporters hounding him with questions.
Jimbo, if you’re reading this — I’m sorry for what you’re about to read.
I’d like to start by saying that I do trust Fisher’s apparent rejection of the LSU job. He’s got a great salary, great resources, and is halfway done building something special in College Station. Leaving simply wouldn’t make any sense.
Still, we’ve seen coaches claim that they’re going to stick around and leave once they’re offered a higher salary and more resources. Here’s a good example involving Mel Tucker, current Michigan State football head coach.
Four days after this tweet, Tucker would resign as head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes and head down to East Lansing, Michigan. For what it’s worth, this move is paying off, as Tucker has his Spartans at 7-0 and in the top ten this year.
Ironically, Tucker is also rumored to be a target for the LSU job.
Why Texas A&M football HC Jimbo Fisher wouldn’t do the same
Thankfully, Aggie fans should not be afraid of this happening. Jimbo Fisher is the seventh-highest-paid head coach in college football at about $7.5 million annually. His contract, which was renewed this past offseason, runs through 2031, keeping him around for a long time.
The scary part here is that Ed Orgeron, LSU’s head coach, was the second-highest-paid head coach in college football with a salary exceeding $8.6 million per year. LSU has the resources to pay their head coach.
If LSU offers Jimbo Fisher more money and a better-looking overall deal, don’t think for a second that the Aggies won’t go out of their way to match it.
Because of this, I don’t see Fisher ever leaving his current post.