As the season turns to its stretch run of October and November, Texas A&M Head Coach Jimbo Fisher knows he’s charged with correcting the second half inconsistencies of his predecessor.
The departed Kevin Sumlin had a reputation for getting his team’s off to fast starts in the first five games in the season, before faltering in the heat of SEC competition. Despite winning 20 games in his first two seasons, he never won more than eight in his final four years, failing to live up to the high expectations in football-rabid College Station.
The Aggies literally broke the bank to hire Fisher, on a 10-year, $75 million contract that is fully guaranteed, on top of the $5 million they owed to Florida State to pay for his contract buyout with the Seminoles.
Texas A&M sits at 4-2 on the year, with losses to Clemson and SEC opponent Alabama. While it seems like the Crimson Tide will run away and hide with the West Division title, the road remains a precarious one for Fisher to top the eight-win plateau Sumlin could not get over. The Aggies have three games remaining against currently ranked teams, two of which come on the road.
This week’s road test comes against a South Carolina team that has never beaten the Aggies, but links a pair of coaches in Fisher and the Gamecocks’ Will Muschamp that have deep roots linking back to their time both at Auburn and LSU. The two have coordinated on opposite sides of the same team before, and faced each other as head coaches at Florida and Florida State.
To hear Fisher’s press conference comments previewing the game against South Carolina, click below:
South Carolina hosts Texas A&M at Williams-Brice Stadium at 3:30 PM Saturday on the SEC Network.