On Sunday, Nov. 12, the Texas A&M Athletic Director, Ross Bjork, made the significant decision to fire head football coach Jimbo Fisher. Fisher’s dismissal comes after five full seasons, with three games, including a bowl game, remaining in the 2023 campaign, as decided by Bjork and the Board of Regents.
Immediately after the announcement, it was revealed that assistant head coach/defensive line coach Elijah Robinson would take over as interim head coach. Robinson’s popularity within the locker room and his leadership skills made him the natural choice to step into the role.
On Monday, in his first press conference as head coach, Robinson expressed his love for the University and comforted players, recruits, and staff amid the chaos of Fisher’s sudden firing.
“I’m not looking to leave Texas A&M, and I would love to be here.”
Fisher’s firing was revealed to the Aggies roster through social media, leading to a sense of shock among players as they realized their collegiate careers would change. Robinson’s appointment as head coach brought a sense of relief and excitement to the team.
“When these guys decide to come to school here, it wasn’t just about the football. They understand what this place can do for the rest of their life.”
Ultimately, Robinson’s appointment speaks to his work ethic and dedication. His immediate actions following the news of Fisher’s firing demonstrate his commitment to the program and its players’ success.
“The moment the news broke, we hit the ground. Ross (Bjork) has been a great help to me as we transition. The biggest thing for me was how do I get in front of these players, and what do we do to put them in the best situation to be successful?”
In his first game as interim head coach, Robinson will lead Texas A&M against the Abilene Christian Wildcats on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11:00 a.m., airing on SEC+.
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