Even before Jimbo Fisher was named the new head football coach at Texas A&M, A&M System Chancellor John Sharp held high expectations for the position.
In late November, when asked what he is looking for in a new head coach after a special meeting of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, Sharp did not mince words.
“Nothing serious. Just want to win a national championship,” he said.
After a question and answer panel discussion during the Chancellor’s Century Council annual meeting on Feb. 16, Sharp presented Fisher with a plaque celebrating a NCAA Division I Football National Championship for a date yet to be named, which can be seen in a video released by the Texas A&M University System.
The gift was given after the Chancellor presented Texas A&M-Commerce head football coach Colby Carthel with an identical plaque commemorating the Lions’ 2017 NCAA Division II title.
“The only difference between Colby’s and yours is you get to fill in the date,” Sharp told Fisher during the presentation
“I hope I fill in a couple,” Fisher responded with a laugh.
Fisher will get his first on-field look at his new program beginning on March 20, when the Aggies open spring practice. A&M will open the 2018 season at home on Aug. 30, a Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., facing Northwestern State. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.
Bold move by the Chancellor Sharp. Jimbo has yet to have his first practice. He did have a good recruiting class, but nobody knows how the class will mature. The last three classes at TAMU were ranked in the to 25 but under Kevin Sumlin, the team went 8-5 in every season since the departure of the Johnny Manziel, not exactly championship material.
Honestly this is as Texas A&M as Texas A&M gets. There must be something in the water over in College Station because this optimism is only going to lead to dissapointment. As much as I would use this to motivate my players in the lockerroom, for college football fans like me, this just becomes a meme. The last time the Aggies won a National Championship was in 1939 and the last time they won a Conference Championship was in 1998. It is 2018, so this will only live on as a meme. I may even to a Championship meter when the season starts for TAMU as the season begins on August 30th.
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