FSU president on Jimbo Fisher’s successor: ‘A tremendous opportunity awaits’

Jimbo Fisher has resigned as head coach at Florida State to accept the position at Texas A&M.

Florida State now turns its attention for just its third head coach in the last four decades.

The Aggies were able to get their man, wooing the Florida State coach away from Tallahassee with a contract worth $7.5 million annually over a ”likely” 10 years, according to KPRC’s Randy Mcllvoy.

A Seminole lifer will be guiding the team in the regular season finale vs. Louisiana-Monroe as they try to reach six victories and become bowl eligible.

According to FSU AD Stan Wilcox, Florida State defensive line coach Odell Haggins will serve as the head coach for the game vs. Louisiana-Monroe.

There’s expected to be a very talented list of candidates for the Seminoles to choose from in their search, including Oregon’s Willie Taggert and Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente.

Florida State president John Thrasher and Wilcox released statements in the aftermath of Fisher’s departure.

Per the Tallahassee Democrat, here’s what Thrasher had to say:

Florida State University has one of the premier programs in college football and has had only two head football coaches in the past 40 years.

Today, Jimbo Fisher informed me he has accepted an offer to become the next head football coach at Texas A&M University. Coach Fisher did an exceptional job as both an assistant coach at FSU and in the challenging role of successor to the legendary Bobby Bowden. I believe Texas A&M is getting one of the best coaches in college football. We appreciate all he has done for our program and wish him and his family great success moving forward.

From the moment media reports began to circulate about our position, it became evident the job would attract great interest from a number of elite coaches, and we will move quickly to evaluate candidates from across the nation.

 Our fans are the best in the country, loyal and passionate about developing student-athletes who are champions on and off the field. They’ve made Doak Campbell Stadium one of the most thrilling venues in all of college sports along with its storied traditions that represent the spirit and excellence of our distinguished university, athletically and academically. The excitement around Florida State is indisputable, and a tremendous opportunity awaits whoever is chosen as our new head football coach.

Here’s what Wilcox said about Florida State’s future:

President Thrasher and I have worked together through this challenging period while Coach Fisher was making a decision, and I appreciate the cooperation, support and leadership he has provided.

In the interim, I have appointed associate head coach and defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins to serve as our head coach versus ULM.

As the president alluded to, we are extremely pleased by the quality of individuals who have already expressed interest in being the head coach at Florida State University.  I am confident we will fill the position very soon.

I would tell our supporters and fans the same thing that I told our team: we will hire a head coach that will lead Florida State to ACC and National Championships; one who will maintain our commitment to academic excellence; and one who will make you proud to be a Seminole.

Fisher spent eight seasons as the head coach at Florida State and guided the program to the 2013 national championship.

However, despite being ranked No. 3 heading into this season, Florida State has just five wins and is merely aiming to become bowl eligible.

Florida State will host Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 2 (noon EST) from Doak Campbell Stadium.

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