In true Aggie fashion, Jimbo Fisher made his SEC Media Days debut with a booming “Howdy,” answering questions at a speed more associated with auctioneers than football coaches.
Fisher is one of six fresh faces that will grace SEC sidelines come August. The new commander of Texas A&M football already has one national title under his belt from his head coaching days at Florida State, but the drive to bring one to Texas has already begun.
“Everybody wants instant gratification. Everybody wants things quickly,” he said. “Your timetable (to win a national championship) is as quick as you can put things in place and everyone buys into what you’re trying to do Your timetable is now. You want to win immediately.”
The pressure to win quickly is at an all-time high in the SEC, as Kirby Smart set the standard by exceeding expectations in his second season at Georgia, but victories may not come instantly for Fisher as A&M opens the season with a stacked schedule. Clemson and Alabama are early obstacles with key SEC West matchups popping up later in the season.
“The regular season schedule of (the SEC) is second to none,” Fisher said. “They’re all big games.”
A&M is 2-4 against ranked teams in the past four years. With a slate of “big games” set for the 2018 season, Fisher’s first season in College Station may include more trials than triumphs.