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Fisher Brings Championship Expectations to Aggies

By BJ Bennett
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Jimbo Fisher moves the Aggies into the national spotlight.

Four current college football head coaches have won national championships: Ohio State's Urban Meyer, Alabama's Nick Saban, Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Jimbo Fisher of, now, Texas A&M. Rumored to happen for some time, Fisher's move to College Station is a major shift of the college football power structure. Even after a disappointing final season at Florida State, Fisher moves the Aggies into the national spotlight.   

The contract, reportedly worth $75 million over ten years, is a game-changer. Fisher will become the nation's second-highest paid coach per year, with a decade of security behind the deal, in an agreement worth the most total money in the history of the game. Texas A&M wanted an elite head coach, got one and will pay for it.        

Fisher replaces Kevin Sumlin, who went 44-21 in five years with the Aggies. Texas A&M, with eight straight trips to the postseason, has been a consistent winner; Fisher's Aggies will be expected to contend. It's been 20 years since Texas A&M won a conference title, last claiming the Big 12 crown in 1998. In addition to winning the 2013 national championship at Florida State, Fisher was the offensive coordinator on LSU's 2003 title team.

A dynamic recruiter and a noted offensive guru, that blend should bode well for Fisher with the Aggies. The combination of Fisher and in-state blue-chip prospects in the Lone Star State is poised to result in big-time production and success in Texas, just as it did in Florida. Fisher's pursuit of top-quarterback recruits, given his track record of developing signal callers, should be especially interesting.

Overall, Texas A&M just became one of the most fascinating programs in the country.   

Though not in Saturday's SEC Championship Game or in the mix of the College Football Playoff, the Aggies made a major statement about their future and their expectations.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports