Florida State is examining how good a fit Oregon head coach Willie Taggart would be if Jimbo Fisher takes the Texas A&M job, according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken, citing a source.
No decision on Fisher is expected until after Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Monroe, but everything points toward Fisher replacing Kevin Sumlin. The Aggies, who fired Sumlin on Sunday, appear to be in a holding pattern hopeful that Fisher doesn’t spurn them the way he did LSU last year.
Fisher’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, was able to get his client more money and a contract extension when LSU made two runs at Fisher. However, this time it's about Florida State falling behind ACC rival Clemson and other national title contenders in regards to facilities. That certainly wouldn’t be a problem at A&M which just renovated Kyle Field recently for half a billion dollars. The Aggies also have all the other bells and whistles.
A&M also has to feel good about its chances of not losing Fisher at the last minute as it appears Florida State won’t bow down to his demands.
“As for capital projects, we have been responsive to coach Fisher’s facility requests including the indoor practice facility, locker rooms, coaches offices, player lounge and student housing for football and are actively fund-raising for his most recent request for a football facility that is currently under architectural study by the athletic department,” said Seminole Boosters CEO Andy Miller to the Tallahassee Democrat.
Florida State, which was ranked No. 3 in both major polls to start the season, needs to beat Louisiana-Monroe to be 6-6 and bowl eligible. The Seminoles were 3-5 in ACC play to finish sixth in the Atlantic Division behind Clemson (11-1, 7-1), North Carolina State (8-4, 6-2), Wake Forest (7-5, 4-4), Boston College (7-5, 4-4) and Louisville (8-4, 4-4). Teams in the Coastal Division with better records than FSU were Miami (10-11, 7-1), Virginia Tech (9-3, 5-3) and Georgia Tech (5-6, 4-4).
Oregon, trying to keep Taggart, has offered him another year to his contract with the extra year valued at $20 million, according to ESPN.
Taggart signed a five-year, $16 million deal with Oregon to leave South Florida last December. ESPN reports that if Taggart leaves Oregon before Jan. 31, 2018, he would owe the school $3 million. He also would owe the $1.5 million buyout Oregon paid South Florida to get Taggart.
Taggart was at South Florida from 2013-16, going 24-25, but he was 18-7 his last two seasons.