Texas A&M closing in on new football coach

Oct 21 2017 Tallahassee FL USA Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher before the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

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One of the worst-kept secrets in college football became reality Friday when Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher announced his resignation to take the same job at Texas A&M, according to multiple reports. And I guess we'll see [Fisher] next year, if that's what he's going to do.

At the same time, Texas A&M regents on Thursday reportedly approved Fisher as coach of the Aggies during a meeting. A $7.5 million salary would have ranked third this season, behind only Nick Saban at Alabama ($11.1 million) and Dabo Swinney at Clemson ($8.5 million).

If he's willing to turn his back on Florida State and its fans that easily, what's to say he won't do the same to Texas A&M when things get tough?

The Aggies went hard after Fisher following the firing of Kevin Sumlin, who went 51-26 in six seasons with the program.

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Texas A&M has invested heavily in facilities the past five years, including a football operations center. How much cash will they have if Fisher delivers teams at A&M like he had at Florida State?

FSU had already starting the vetting process of a couple of potential hires like Oregon's Willie Taggart and Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente.

With Fisher gone, FSU will be entering into the coaching carousel for the first time in 41 years when Bobby Bowden was hired in 1976. "I don't have any doubt about that". The school's only national title came in 1939.

Information from ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Sam Khan and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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