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Jimbo Fisher resigns from Florida State to become next coach at Texas A&M


Jimbo Fisher is accepting the Texas A&M head coaching job and won’t coach Florida State Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.

Fisher replaces Kevin Sumlin, who went 51–26 in six seasons at College Station. The Aggies lost to LSU 45–21 and dropped to 7–5 on the year. Sumlin is owed a $10.4 million buyout. It can be reduced in the next 60 days, if he accepts another coaching position.

Fisher was in his eighth season at Florida State since taking over for Bobby Bowden in 2010. He has an 83–23 record over his career. Under Fisher, the Seminoles captured the ACC crown in ’12, ’13 and ’14. He also won the 2013 BCS National Championship.

"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," Florida State president John Thrasher said in a statement. "I believe Texas A&M is getting one of the best coaches in college football."

Texas A&M officials have approved a 10-year, $75 million contract for Fisher, which is the richest deal in college football history in terms of total value. He'll be the second highest-paid coach in the FBS with an average salary of $7.5 million, which ranks behind only Alabama's Nick Saban.

The Aggies will play Fisher more than double what they paid former coach Kevin Sumlin, who made $35.5 million over six years.

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