Jimbo Fisher leaving Florida State for Texas A&M job

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Fisher's angst started to play out publicly a few weeks ago when reports leaked out that he was interested in the Texas A&M job.

"I believe Texas A&M is getting one of the best coaches in college football". And we need to talk about that, about loyalty to the program.

Texas A&M has not made any formal announcement about hiring a replacement for Kevin Sumlin, who was sacked last week. The school's only national title came in 1939.

No official action was taken at Thursday's meeting. The last to do it was Johnny Majors, who went from Pittsburgh to Tennessee in 1977.

Fisher will not coach Florida State in their season finale on Saturday. The University is expected to issue a press release Friday afternoon stating that the 52-year old coach has stepped down from his position.

He won't coach in Saturday's game against Louisiana-Monroe, sources told ESPN. Junior linebacker Josh Sweat said earlier in the week that players had discussed the rumors but that they were trying to maintain the focus on this week's game. Whether that was Jimbo trying to get leverage on a raise at FSU or not, it didn't bode well in the midst of a lost season. The Seminoles won the 2013 national championship and were ranked in the final AP poll in each of his first seven campaigns.

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Fisher had signed an extension with FSU through 2024 just last December. His $5.7 million salary is the sixth-highest among FBS coaches this season.

Yet it was the third straight year that Fisher's name was linked with a Southeastern Conference program.

Fisher previously spent time at Auburn (1993-1998) and LSU (2000-06) as an assistant coach, making this a return to the SEC. People will look back and understand this is why A&M hired athletic director Scott Woodward. That leads us to Fisher's contract at A&M. His most remarkable accomplishment is probably his impressive 14-2 record versus in-state rivals Miami and Florida. After eight seasons at Florida State, Fisher will leave Tallahassee.

Possible candidates could include Oregon's Willie Taggart and Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente.

On ESPNU SiriusXM radio Thursday, Fisher said he was not going to talk about potential jobs. Swinney and Fisher will cross paths next season when Texas A&M hosts Clemson. "Florida State is Florida State". I expect them to make a hire in the coming week or so whoever the new coach turns out to be. "I don't have any doubt about that".