Texas A&M to fire football coach Jimbo Fisher, trigger record $77 million buyout, per reports

Texas A&M is reportedly parting ways with head football coach, Jimbo Fisher, resulting in a staggering contract buyout of more than $77 million, which is the largest in college football history.

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.

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher relays instructions to his players during Saturday's 51-10 victory over Mississippi State in Lubbock.

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher relays instructions to his players during Saturday’s 51-10 victory over Mississippi State in Lubbock.

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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