COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M University will name Jimbo Fisher as its head football coach.
The former Florida State coach resigned from his head coaching position with the Seminoles and takes over at Texas A&M for Kevin Sumlin, who was fired after six seasons as the Aggies' coach.
Fisher, 52, will not coach FSU in Saturday's game against Louisiana-Monroe. The Seminoles (5-6, 3-5 ACC) need a win to extend its bowl game streak to 36 straight seasons.
The details of Fisher's contract were not immediately available Friday.
Fisher is due to make $5.7 million from FSU in 2017, according to USA TODAY's annual coaching salaries. Many expect Fisher to make even more at Texas A&M.
Florida State administrators have already started background checks into coaching candidates ahead of Friday's news, according to USA TODAY. The candidates include Oregon coach Willie Taggart, according to a person with knowledge on the matter.
Fisher has served as head coach at FSU since 2010. He began at FSU in 2007 as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under the legendary Bobby Bowden.
In eight seasons in Tallahassee, Fisher compiled an 82-23 record (48-17 ACC) as the Seminoles' head coach. It included a perfect 14-0 season in 2013, which ended with a BCS National Championship 34-31 win over Auburn on Jan. 6, 2014.
Fisher has had two previous coaching stints in the Southeastern Conference. He worked as LSU's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2000-2006, and as Auburn's quarterbacks coach from 1993-1998.
In 1999, Fisher spent one season as Cincinnati's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He began his coaching career at Samford in 1988 as a graduate assistant. Fisher was promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Samford in 1991, and coached there through 1992.
On Friday, Fisher became Texas A&M's 29th head football coach in program history.
STATEMENT FROM FSU PRESIDENT JOHN THRASHER
"Florida State University has one of the premier programs in college football and has had only two head football coaches in the past 40 years.
Today, Jimbo Fisher informed me he has accepted an offer to become the next head football coach at Texas A&M University. Coach Fisher did an exceptional job as both an assistant coach at FSU and in the challenging role of successor to the legendary Bobby Bowden. I believe Texas A&M is getting one of the best coaches in college football. We appreciate all he has done for our program and wish him and his family great success moving forward.
From the moment media reports began to circulate about our position, it became evident the job would attract great interest from a number of elite coaches, and we will move quickly to evaluate candidates from across the nation.
Our fans are the best in the country, loyal and passionate about developing student-athletes who are champions on and off the field. They’ve made Doak Campbell Stadium one of the most thrilling venues in all of college sports along with its storied traditions that represent the spirit and excellence of our distinguished university, athletically and academically. The excitement around Florida State is indisputable, and a tremendous opportunity awaits whoever is chosen as our new head football coach."
STATEMENT BY FSU VICE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS STAN WILCOX
"President Thrasher and I have worked together through this challenging period while Coach Fisher was making a decision, and I appreciate the cooperation, support and leadership he has provided.
In the interim, I have appointed associate head coach and defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins to serve as our head coach versus ULM.
As the president alluded to, we are extremely pleased by the quality of individuals who have already expressed interest in being the head coach at Florida State University. I am confident we will fill the position very soon.
I would tell our supporters and fans the same thing that I told our team: we will hire a head coach that will lead Florida State to ACC and National Championships; one who will maintain our commitment to academic excellence; and one who will make you proud to be a Seminole."
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