Jimbo Fisher clearly is the top name in the Texas A&M coaching search after Kevin Sumlin was fired on Sunday. But what happens if he decides to stay at Florida State?
After all, Fisher has one of the premier college football jobs in the country already, and has proven his ability to win a national title with the Seminoles.
Fisher saying no is an outcome that Aggies fans have to at least consider a possibility at this point.
A new report from Zach Barnett of Football Scoop reveals a couple of interesting names as potential fallback options if such a scenario plays out.
Sources told FootballScoop the Aggies have maintained interest in Gary Patterson and Mike Gundy. Patterson announced an extension at TCU through 2024. Gundy signed a new contract in June that runs for five years and automatically rolls over after each year. Pulling either coach out of their situations would have been more difficult than extracting a molar with a pair of tweezers.
Gary Patterson has long been the subject of coaching rumors, but the TCU coach continues to win and sign contract extensions at TCU along the way. With a new deal that runs through 2024, a team that is competing on a Top 10 level and a conference slate that doesn’t include clashing with Nick Saban annually, it seems incredibly unrealistic for Texas A&M to make a deal happen there.
Gundy, however, has long seemed interested in at least entertaining offers from other schools. He’s paid well at his alma mater, but perhaps a new challenge in College Station could intrigue him enough to leave the Big 12 behind.
It will be interesting to follow where this search goes if Fisher turns down the Aggies. Sumlin was 51-26 during his tenure at Texas A&M, so anyone who takes the job knows just how high the bar is set for survival.
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