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FSU Moves Ahead With Football Coach Search As Fisher Welcomed In Texas

Jimbo Fisher accepts a gift of new boots from Texas A&M University.

Former Florida State University football coach Jimbo Fisher says accepting a job at Texas A&M University was a no-brainer. He issued his first statement Monday after splitting from FSU last week.

Breaking up is hard to do. But not when $75 million is on the line. That's how much Jimbo Fisher will make under a 10-year contract with Texas A&M University.  Speaking during his press conference, the now-former FSU coach says he’s thankful to FSU for the opportunity to lead.

“I’d like to say a special thank you to the players, coaches and supporters at Florida State University, and a special thank you to coach [Bobby] Bowden," Fisher said. "He gave me an opportunity 11 years ago to come there, and gave me an opportunity to be a head football coach….to live a dream, continue a dream and it allowed me to come here to Aggie-land.” 

Meanwhile Florida State is wasting no time in finding someone new. Oregon’s Willie Taggart is rumored to be the leading candidate. FSU Athletics Director Stan Wilcox says he wants the search for a new head coach to be quick, but thorough.

“We’ve been talking about potential candidates and we think we should be able to move very, very fast but we also want to be thorough in our research," he told reporters over the weekend.

The Oregonian.com reports the University of Oregon has offered Taggert a $20 million contract extension to stay at the school.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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