Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher has resigned to take the head-coaching job at Texas A&M, Florida State officials said Friday.
“Coach Fisher did an exceptional job as both an assistant coach at FSU and in the challenging role of successor to the legendary Bobby Bowden,” Florida State president John Thrasher said in a statement.
Fisher had signed an extension through 2024 with Florida State in December 2016 that gave him a base salary of $5.5 million.
“Florida State is Florida State. They’ll hire a great coach. I don’t have any doubt about that. And I guess we’ll see [Fisher] next year, if that’s what he’s going to do. We play Texas A&M the next two years. If he is , I can’t get rid of him. He’ll still be a thorn in our side.”
Texas A&M must pay Sumlin a $10.4 million buyout by Jan. 25, and his buyout will not be reduced if he takes another coaching job.
Florida State said in its statement Friday that it would “Move quickly” to evaluate candidates for the coaching position.
ESPN reported last week that several Florida State officials expected Fisher to leave and have been preparing to target his replacement.