ATLANTA — Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said he had "no intentions of ever leaving Florida State," but the situation with the Aggies (including its administration and support) led him to leave for College Station.
Fisher was the first coach up at SEC media days at the College Football Hall of Fame. He went out of his way to praise his time in Tallahassee, noting that he has "unbelievable" memories there and had a great administration at FSU.
"I was very happy and very content there," Fisher said. "As you know, life takes changes and decisions are made. I was very happy and at a great university there."
I'll have more on Fisher later, but some quick notes in the meantime.
Fisher said he liked the national championship plaque — date, TBD — he received from the A&M administration before ever coaching a game for the Aggies. "I thought it was kind of nice myself," Fisher said. "Hopefully we can fill that in quickly."
So what is his timetable to win a national title at A&M? "Your timetable is now," Fisher said. "You want to win immediately, and that's your place. But is it realistic? I don't know. Could it be? Yes. Could it not be? Yes."
Fisher was asked about how he left FSU (with one game left in a lost season). "Is there ever a good way to leave?" Fisher asked. He said it was "very emotional" to leave and he wished he could have finished out the season there.
"Everyone there was wonderful to me," Fisher said, "and I have nothing but respect and admiration for what they do and wish them nothing but the best in the future."