Fortuna Files: Texas A&M shakes up a stale coaching carousel, and all bets are now off
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How does a market go from zero to 100 from the time you end another fall Saturday night till the time you wake up Sunday morning?
By having a school pay a coach $76 million to go away, that’s how.
Not that this wasn’t all that predictable to begin with.
Still, Texas A&M’s firing of Jimbo Fisher became the first football-related firing of the 2023 season, a staggering note considering that there were nine jobs open by this point last season. (Boise State joined A&M hours later Sunday.)
Now there are four openings: Northwestern and Michigan State for off-the-field reasons, and Texas A&M and Boise State for on-the-field shortcomings.
You can slice and dice the numbers any which way. In the end, A&M parting ways with Fisher was the only answer.
His buyout if fired after next season? $67 million.
After the 2025 season? $58 million
After the 2026 season? $48 million
After the 2027 season? $39 million.