With Jimbo Fisher gone as Texas A&M’s head football coach in the middle of his sixth season, the university will look for his successor. One of his most famous students is giving them a hand if they want to use it.
Johnny Manziel was on the last Aggies team to secure double-digit wins, which came during their Heisman Trophy run in 2012. When Fisher joined, championship expectations, at least in the always-tough SEC, came with him due to his previous tenure at Florida State saw double-digit wins in all but one season, when the Seminoles finished 9-4.
But while Texas A&M’s run under Fisher didn’t produce the results he wanted, Manziel is still confident the right leaders are in place to name a successor who can return College Station to glory.
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«I have faith in him [Texas A&M] leadership to put someone in their place to get us where we need to be,» Manziel posted on Monday X. «The pieces to success are in the construction. However, I can help in any capacity, I would love nothing more.”
Manziel’s football journey is well documented, but his off-field issues aside, he is a legend at Texas A&M and that continues today despite being completely out of the game. He threw for 63 touchdowns and 7,820 yards in just two seasons, while rushing for 30 more. He won the Heisman in 2012 in his first year as the Aggies’ starting quarterback, and although his No. 2 player isn’t retired yet, many believe he should be.
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But Manziel, like any other alumnus, wants his school to win. The Aggies haven’t been to a bowl game under Fisher in the last two seasons, and that could lead to three in a row if Texas A&M can’t improve on its current 6-4 record.
So who would replace Fisher?
Manziel’s former coach in College Station, Kliff Kingsbury, is an option. Kingsbury was Manziel’s quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M and, due to his great success, he became the head coach at Texas Tech, where he would also coach a young man named Patrick Mahomes. Kingsbury now serves as USC’s senior offensive analyst under head coach Lincoln Riley after leading the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL from 2019 to 2022.
The Aggies will also have Elijah Robinson under consideration, as he has been named interim head coach in Fisher’s absence.
Other options include players like Washington’s Kalen DeBoer, Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Duke’s Mike Elko and many more. College Station remains an attractive place to train considering its ties to the SEC.
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Many candidates will be considered and there will surely be a long process to determine who should be the right coach in the future. If the Aggies need help with their decision, Manziel will be first in line.