Rich Rodriguez to Texas A&M?

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Rich Rodriguez has done exceptionally well at Jacksonville State, leading the Gamecocks to a 16-5 overall record and a 10-1 record in conference play during his two seasons with the team. Jimbo Fisher was abruptly fired by Texas A&M last weekend and was given a $76 million contract buyout in the processs.

Today, on ESPN’s College Gameday, former West Virginia punter/kicker turned media personality Pat McAfee said who he thought should replace Fisher at Texas A&M.

“My pick to get it done at A&M is Rich Rodriguez. Give him the bank and watch that team roll,” McAfee said when the topic came up this morning.

McAfee played under Rodriguez at West Virginia from 2005-2007. Although Rodriguez isn’t likely going to be a serious contender to become the next head coach at Texas A&M next season, one has to wonder what he would do at a school like A&M and a huge bankroll to land players in NIL. Rodriguez is expected to be on many Power 5 program’s short lists for the upcoming season and it’s very possible that he could be back coaching at the top tier of college football again in the very near future.

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Brad Smith, "The Voice of Morgantown", is the most trusted, accomplished name in West Virginia sports journalism. Smith is the foremost, preeminent authority on West Virginia athletics and a lifelong fan of the Mountaineers. Smith, a proud graduate of West Virginia University, resides in Morgantown most of the year, but has a home in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives during the winter.