Texas A&M is finishing this season no better than 5-7 after ranked in the AP Top 10 earlier in the season, raising questions about the program’s future five years under head coach Jimbo Fisher. Many are calling for Fisher to hand over offensive play duties to a new coordinator after the offense stalled in 2022, but SEC Network moderator Paul Finebaum says the move did little to fix the problems at the college station would contribute. With Fisher’s mere presence, disappointing record, and the possibility of transfers and cancellations, Finebaum believes the damage may already be done.
“But[Fisher]is coming back next year, which will be his sixth season,” Finebaum told SportsCenter’s Matt Barrie. “It’s one thing to come back from a bad season and say, ‘We finished 8-4 but we finished strongly.’ I don’t know how next year you can count anything as a success unless you’re in the playoffs or fighting for a national championship, and I don’t know how Texas A&M is getting there so quickly because their offensive philosophy is a disaster.
“I never cease to be amazed at the media deafness to go into the manual and say, ‘Bring in an offensive coordinator,’ as if that would make a difference when Jimbo Fisher, who is supposedly an offensive wizard, is your head coach. When Nick Saban introduces a new offensive philosophy, at least you say, “That’s a smart move,” because Saban is a defensive type. (An offensive coordinator) solves nothing (at Texas A&M). I think the big issue comes into play a couple of weeks when the portal opens, who’s coming in and coming in, and then on national book signing day. Who is Texas A&M holding on to? Because whatever the forecasts show today may not be today when we get to book signing day at the end of December. But I think the problems with the portal are the most important. How many people get off? I dont know.”
On the recruiting path, Texas A&M has already lost several high-profile signings for the 2023 cycle after winning the highest-rated signing class of modern times last cycle. Five-star 2023 wide receiver Winston Watkins Jr. and five-star linebacker Anthony Hill both withdrew verbal commitments from the Aggies in early November.
Immediately, Texas A&M ended its six-game losing streak – the program’s longest in 50 years – with a home win over UMass in Week 12, though it wasn’t exactly a dominant performance by the Aggies. Now it’s back to the SEC fight this Saturday at Kyle Field when Texas A&M finishes in No. 5 LSU welcomed.
“They won the game,” Fisher said of the Aggies after getting back in the winning column against UMass. “(They) get back on a winning streak, feel that, go out there and play hard, play in different conditions… Every time you play, you learn. Whatever happens, you can share it with your teammates, share it in this stadium and play well. you always do You understand how to win. You’ve won again, that feeling again, and you’re going straight back to training.”
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Texas A&M and LSU kick off Saturday at 6pm CT.