According to ESPN, the decision was made following a four-hour Texas A&M board of regents meeting on Thursday.
Prior to Fisher, the highest buyout from a public school was Gus Malzahn at Auburn, who was set to receive a buyout of $21 million after being fired in late 2020. Fisher, known for his stellar tenure at Florida State, signed a fully guaranteed $94 million extension through the 2031 season after leading the Aggies to a 9-1 record and an Orange Bowl victory in 2020.
However, Fisher’s teams have underperformed in recent seasons, with last year’s 5-7 record marking his first losing season as a college head coach. The Aggies currently have a 6-4 record this year, with losses in all three games against ranked opponents.
If Fisher is fired before Dec. 1, he will be owed $77,562,500, according to USA TODAY Sports’ college football coaches salary database. Fisher has accumulated a record of 83-23 in eight seasons at Florida State, with an overall mark of 128-48 (.727).
This article was originally published on USA TODAY: Texas A&M to fire Jimbo Fisher as football coach with record buyout
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