Does Texas A&M Aggies’ Jimbo Fisher have the most to prove in 2022?
The college football coaching carousel has been a fun ride in recent months, as 13 of the 65 Power 5 schools now have new head coaches. Which move was best for which school has yet to be determined, and the new coaches aren’t the only ones with something to prove next season.
When you consider some of the biggest names in coaching, Auburn’s Bryan Harsin might feel lucky to still have his job after last season and he’ll need to improve if he plans to stay at Auburn beyond 2022.
Scott Frost has had a tough time at Nebraska going 15-29 in four seasons and has never sniffed .500, let alone made a bowl game. As loved as he is at his alma mater, that’s not enough.
Michigan beat Ohio State for only the third time since 2003 and the second time since 2011. The Buckeyes showed a vulnerability we haven’t seen in some time. The seat is immediately hot for Ryan Day, who has felt it, and has already made a few defensive coaching changes.
I can’t imagine Longhorns fans were happy with Steve Sarkisian’s first year in Texas. After starting 4-1, the Horns fell, losing six straight, including an embarrassing home loss to Kansas.
LSU went all-in after losing Ed Orgeron. Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly was targeted and hired, to a very indifferent reaction nationwide. A lot of people think Kelly is unsuitable for the SEC. And while there may be cultural differences between Kelly’s training style and the SEC, her training record stands alone.
Chip Kelly finally had his first winning season at UCLA in 2021, ending the season on a three-game winning streak to finish with an 8-4 record. He has been rewarded with a shiny new contract extension that will earn him an average of $5.75 million a year. He will have to keep improving to deserve it.
And then there’s Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M. $9 million a year AND the best recruiting class in history. The Aggies have finished with at least four losses in three of the last four years, and that’s not enough. A&M invested far too much money in this program for four lost seasons.
Fisher should pull the Aggies out of their 83-year national slump, and A&M has given him all the tools to do so. He will have to overcome the proverbial national championship hump shortly before Aggies begins to lose patience.
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