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The View From Texas On The Jimbo Fisher Hire

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Jimbo Fisher is the new head coach of Texas A&M University. Fisher left Florida State University after eight seasons. Texas A&M Officials announced the hire Monday. WFSU News Director  Lynn Hatter spoke with reporter Zach Taylor who covers sports for news-talk station WTAW in College Station, Texas.

Interview highlights:

  • Taylor says Fisher's relationship with Texas A&M University Athletic Director Scott Woodward was key. It began when the two were at Louisiana State University. 

  • Fisher is "looking to set his mark" and get out of the shadow of Bobby Bowden. Taylor says TexasA&M has had "limited success" during the past two decades and "he has the chance to stake his own claim and make his legend."

  • Fisher expressed disappointment with athletics facilities at Florida State University. Taylor says Texas A&M has an "open checkbook" for Fisher to get what he wants. Texas A&M has the biggest stadium in Texas. "When it comes to facilities its all about recruiting, all about the flash and all about recruiting big-time talent."

  • Fisher could bring in some of his assistants from Florida State: specifically, Tight Ends coach/recruiting coordinator, Tim Brewster.

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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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