Florida State’s Willie Taggart and Arkansas’ Chad Morris both getting fired in only their second season is a sign of the times, said A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher.
“My thoughts and prayers go with those schools and those coaches, because those players are the ones trying to play and they gotta get ‘em right,” Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher said at his weekly Monday press conference. “It is the world we live in. As things happen and things are going on, I think each situation is differently different. And I think each school has to base it on what they think is right and what they think is wrong.”
Florida State replaced Fisher with Taggart who was fired last week after going 9-12. Arkansas, which hasn’t beaten A&M since the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012, fired Morris on Sunday after a 45-19 home loss to Western Kentucky. Morris, who graduated from A&M, was 4-18, including 0-14 in Southeastern Conference play.
A&M (6-3, 3-2 SEC), riding a three-game winning streak, was open last weekend. The Aggies will play South Carolina (4-6, 3-4) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Kyle Field in the season's home finale. The Aggies will be at fifth-ranked Georgia on Nov. 23 and at top-ranked LSU on Nov. 30.
Fisher opened his press conference by saluting veterans on Veteran’s Day, also thanking those on active duty.
“We have freedom in this country and it’s not free,” Fisher said. “A lot of folks made sacrifices themselves and their families for us to have the right to things that we have.”
A&M sophomore linebacker Joseph Mawad and junior linebacker John Locke, a pair of walk-ons, were in the Marines.
“A special thank-you to them, also,” Fisher said.
Freshman safety Demani Richardson and junior cornerback Elijah Blades should return this week after missing the Texas-San Antonio game with injuries.
Richardson started the first eight games while Blades, a junior-college transfer, had started the last four games.
“They practiced and they should be good to go,” Fisher said. “We’ll see as they get out there, as I’m getting reports, [but] yes.”
The Texas A&M-Georgia game on Nov. 23 will be the CBS’ 2:30 p.m. game. The rest of the schedule that day is Western Carolina at Alabama, 11 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN2 or SEC Network); Samford at Auburn, 11 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN2 or SEC Network); Tennessee-Martin at Kentucky, 2:30 p.m. (SEC Network); East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt, 2:30 p.m. (SEC Network Alternate); Arkansas at LSU, 6 p.m. (ESPN); Tennessee at Missouri, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network); and Abilene Christian at Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network Alternate).