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Jimbo Fisher’s Texas A&M Extension Includes Largest Buyout In History

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When Texas A&M signed head coach Jimbo Fisher to a contract extension before the season, we knew that Fisher would be in College Station for a long time.

10 more years exactly, as Fisher added on four years to the 10-year, $75 million deal he signed in 2018. It increased his annual salary from $7.5 million, to over $9 million, placing him in the top five of highest paid coaches in college football. It also came with a steep buyout, the largest one given out to any coach in history. That figure would be $95 million, which the school would owe Fisher if he was fired without cause, per USA TODAY. Fisher, however, can still take any other job if he wants to without owing a dime.

With a $95 million buyout, Fisher is the first head coach to have one north of $50 million. Only three other coaches have buyouts of $30 million or more, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Ohio State’s Ryan Day.

That’s some kind of flexibility for the 56-year-old 2013 National Champion head coach, who is still looking to bring the success he had at Florida State, to A&M. Last year he was close, guiding the Aggies to a 9-1 record, finishing fifth in the polls, one spot out of the College Football Playoff.

Then came this season. High expectations were doomed with a 20-10 loss to No. 17 Arkansas and a 26-22 loss to Mississippi State, but last Saturday provided a glimmer of hope for the Aggies. That was the 41-38 win over then No. 1 Alabama, which is easily the biggest win of the Fisher era, perhaps the biggest since Johnny Manziel’s heroics in 2012.

With the buyout in place, it’s highly unlikely that A&M looks to fire Fisher, barring a program collapse in the next few years. That or Fisher takes another job, perhaps just east at LSU, where Ed Orgeron sits on the hot seat.

Written by Nick Geddes

Nick is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Nick is a life-long sports fan who is proud to say he suffered through 15 years of Bucs futility to witness a Super Bowl victory in 2020. Nick has a passion for writing and is proud to represent OutKick. Follow me on Twitter @NickGeddesNews and on Instagram @nick.geddes.

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