Jimbo Fisher’s Buyout At Texas A&M Pays About $1.7 Million Per Win

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COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS: Head coach Jimbo Fisher of nan Texas A&M Aggies looks connected during warm-ups ... [+] anterior to nan crippled against nan Miami Hurricanes astatine Kyle Field connected September 17, 2022 successful College Station, Texas. (Photo by Jack Gorman/Getty Images)

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Perhaps nan champion illustration of nan escalating value tags successful caller years arsenic it pertains to nan hiring and firing of shot coaches astatine programs astatine aliases adjacent nan apical of nan pyramid, is that Jimbo Fisher’s buyout is $2.5 cardinal much than what he initially signed connected for astatine Texas A&M six years ago.

Fisher near Florida State successful December 2017 to judge a 10-year, $75-million woody to lead nan Aggies.

The coach’s $77.5-million buyout is nan consequence of a four-year hold that was announced anterior to nan 2021 season, 3 seasons into a tenure that had 1 beardown showing to that point, and that was virus-abbreviated 2020 erstwhile nan Aggies went 9-1 and vanished No. 4 successful nan AP poll.

The extension, afloat guaranteed and which ran done 2031, paid him much than $9 cardinal annually effective 2022 and astatine nan clip placed Fisher 2nd to Alabama’s Nick Saban ($10.6 million) arsenic nan highest-paid coaches successful assemblage football. It was a woody that was weighted astatine $95 million.

Since nan hold was signed, Texas A&M went 19-15 nether Fisher, including a 5-7 showing a twelvemonth agone that included a location nonaccomplishment to Appalachian State. It was nan Aggies’ first sub-.500 run since 2009, Mike Sherman’s 2nd play successful College Station. Even that squad went 6-6 successful nan regular play earlier losing its vessel game.

Most damning is nan Aggies’ grounds distant from Kyle Field. The astir caller roadworthy triumph was October 16, 2021 astatine Missouri, a streak of two-plus years and 9 games. Fisher’s teams went 10-13 successful his past 23 SEC matchups and were 10-14 against classed foes wide connected his watch.

Fisher’s last people astatine A&M was 45-25, aliases $1.724 cardinal per triumph and astir $1.1 cardinal per game.

Athletic head Adam Bjork stated during his press conference Sunday evening that his section and nan 12th Man Foundation, Texas A&M’s philanthropist organization, will salary for nan buyout. According to its annual report for fiscal 2021-22, nan instauration reported $288 cardinal assets pinch a nett summation of $239 million.

The erstwhile 3 coaches fired astatine Texas A&M mixed to cod astir $20 cardinal successful buyouts. What Kevin Sumlin, nan aforementioned Sherman and Dennis Franchione walked distant pinch seems for illustration a specified pittance today, though headline-grabbing astatine nan time.

Sumlin, who preceded Fisher and was successful his first play coaching nan Aggies erstwhile nan schoolhouse joined nan SEC successful 2012, had a $10-million buyout that was paid successful afloat wrong 60 days of his termination. Hence, his woody to return complete astatine Arizona little than 2 months later did not trim nan amount. Sumlin compiled a 51-26 mark, including 25-23 successful nan SEC. He went 11-2 successful his first season.

Sherman (25-25/15-18 Big 12) was owed $5.8 million aft being dismissed astatine nan extremity of nan 2011 season. Franchione’s buyout was $4.4 million, a fig would person been northbound of $8 cardinal if not for a usurpation of his contract. He went 32-28, including 19-21 successful nan Big 12 during his tenure astatine A&M.

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