Jimbo Fisher’s name has been brought up as a potential option to replace Ed Orgeron at LSU. However, Fisher wants to make it abundantly clear: He has no interest in taking that post.
“I’ve told everybody I’m staying here and I’ve told everybody I plan on being the coach at A&M,” Fisher said at a news conference Monday.
As glamorous as LSU’s coaching job may look, Fisher said there are countless reasons why he isn’t planning to leave College Station. He cited Texas A&M’s leadership, his family’s enjoyment of living in Texas and even the coffee as reasons to stay.
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But above all else, Fisher thinks it would be foolish to leave for one big reason.
“We’re gonna recruit an unbelievable class this year,” Fisher said. “So, I’m either the dumbest human being on God’s earth, who’s gonna recruit all these guys to A&M so I can go across over here and go play against them. If I did that, you all would say, ‘That’s the dumbest human being. I don’t want him to be my coach.'”
Fisher has a point. Texas A&M has the third-best recruiting class in the nation as of now, per 247Sports.com. It has two five-star players and 13 four-star players set to join the program. Only Georgia and Alabama have more.
Meanwhile, LSU has the 12th-ranked class. Like Texas A&M, LSU has two five-star recruits. However, the Tigers have just four four-star recruits and don’t figure to add significantly more to the fold until they decide on a coach.
Orgeron will eventually leave LSU, but the two parties agreed to finish out the season before parting ways. That could delay the end results of any potential replacement hire and further complicate the recruiting process, too.
Either way, Fisher doesn’t seem willing to go back to LSU despite his seven years there as offensive coordinator under Nick Saban and Les Miles.
“I want to be at A&M,” Fisher said. “I plan on being at A&M. I ain’t going nowhere and don’t want to be nowhere else. I love being right here.”