Morgantown, West Virginia – Back in early September, Jimbo Fisher said three words that gave long-suffering West Virginia fans real hope: “Home is home.”
Fisher, 56, is originally from Clarksburg, West Virginia and when asked if he would ever consider returning to coach the Mountaineers later in his career, Fisher said the following: “You don’t ever say never in this business. Home is home. I love West Virginia and it’s very near and dear to my heart. I love them and have always rooted for them my whole life. You never say never in this business where it takes you. I’m happy where I’m at and I love where I’m at, but home is home.”
Fisher is one of the highest-paid coaches in college football, but like he said, Home is Home.
Jimbo Fisher is in a very precarious situation right now. He makes north of $9 million a year, which makes him one of the highest paid coaches in the country, but Texas A&M is 3-4, have lost three games in a row and their entire fanbase is furious.
Fisher has a massive contract buyout, which would pay him $95.6 million if Texas A&M fired him before his contract is up. While this is obviously an enormous amount of money, Fisher could potentially be willing to get out of the situation at Texas A&M by settling a negotiated buyout with the condition that he gets to “return home.”
Let’s say Texas A&M goes on to have a losing season. Their fans demand that Fisher is let go. At the same time, West Virginia doesn’t win another game and Neal Brown is fired. Really, the best way for both Fisher and West Virginia to get out of the messes they are in is to come together.
Fisher, who is 83-23 overall and 8-2 in bowl games as a head coach, won a national championship at Florida State in 2013 and is as successful and accomplished as any coach in the nation. He has had a poor season at Texas A&M this season, but make no mistake about it, Jimbo Fisher is a tremendous head coach who would instantly bring the West Virginia Mountaineers back to prominence.
Right now, West Virginia needs Jimbo Fisher and Jimbo Fisher needs West Virginia.