As you might have heard by now, Texas A&M fired their very expensive head football coach, Jimbo Fisher, over the weekend. The move came ahead of the Texas Longhorns’ joining the SEC in 2024. In explaining Texas A&M’s thinking, Aggies athletic director Ross Bjork tip-toed his way around explaining that Texas and Oklahoma’s SEC introduction was a non-factor.
But let’s be real ... it was more than a non-factor.
“Here’s how I looked at it,” Bjork explained, according to On3. “Everything impacts the next year. But as we sit here, we finish the season hopefully strong. The transfer portal’s coming and going. Signing Day. A bowl game. Maybe we hire some new assistant coaches and do those kinds of changes,” Bjork began.
“I wasn’t confident in that plan, which then would have impacted the 2024 season. So it’s not about transition of SEC. It’s all about can we go through those next eight weeks and have the right plan and succeed in that environment? To build for ? I didn’t see a pathway to then lead into 2024,” Bjork added.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: No. 7 Texas has several playmakers to lean on (just ask TCU)
Austin American-Statesman: Golden: No. 7 Texas can sure help itself rise in the CFP rankings
Austin American-Statesman: Texas football notes: Xavier Worthy, Quinn Ewers show off connection
247Sports: With Jonathon Brooks lost for the season, CJ Baxter has an opportunity to rise to the occasion for Texas
Inside Texas: A couple of intriguing Texas rumors that have legs
Inside Texas: Coach V: Positives and negatives from Texas’ escape from Fort Worth
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
247Sports: The Stampede: Checking the temperature on over a dozen Texas flip targets
247Sports: TXHSFB weekend playoff guide: Area round
247Sports: National analyst weighs in on what Wardell Mack brings to Texas
Inside Texas: Texas moves to No. 7 in class rankings with Wardell Mack flip
Inside Texas: Tre Johnson could be the highest ranked guard to pick Texas
Inside Texas: Rodney Terry pleased with his No. 9 class, which could surge higher in the rankings depending on Tre Johnson’s decision
Inside Texas: Potential Texas recruiting impacts of Jimbo Fisher’s abrupt dismissal from Texas A&M
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Austin American-Statesman: ‘We’re not done’: Texas forges on in Big 12 race despite injury news
Dallas Morning News: Texas-TCU takeaways: Longhorns hang on for road win after Jonathon Brooks’ injury
247Sports: Who is college football’s best one-loss team? Cases for Texas, Alabama, Oregon, Louisville
247Sports: PFF Grades: Top 10 Longhorns against TCU
Inside Texas: 2023 TCU Horned Frogs Postmortem: Defense/Special Teams
Frogs O’ War: Quick Thoughts: TCU Football 26, Texas Longhorns 29
Frogs O’ War: Men’s Basketball: TCU continues hot start with win over Omaha
Frogs O’ War: Football: TCU comeback falls short in 29-26 loss to Texas
Crimson and Cream Machine: OU dominates West Virginia, 59-20
The Smoking Musket: West Virginia boat raced by Oklahoma in final Big 12 showdown, Mountaineers fall 59-20
The Smoking Musket: What I think after Oklahoma drubs the Mountaineers
Wide Right & Natty Lite: Men’s basketball stays perfect
Bring On The Cats: FINAL: K-State 59, Baylor 25
Rock Chalk Talk: Texas Tech turns Kansas inside out, 16-13
Rock Chalk Talk: Who is Cole Ballard?
Black & Gold Banneret: UCF can’t pull one out against Miami
Vanquish The Foe: Updated look at BYU’s non-conference schedule after Week 1
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: C.J. Stroud deserves to be in the MVP conversation
SB Nation: The James Harden era is off to an awful start for Clippers
SB Nation: Jimbo Fisher’s historic buyout at Texas A&M shatters college football record for fired coach
NEWS ACROSS LONGHORN NATION AND BEYOND
- Texas volleyball beat Cincinnati over the weekend.
- Texas women’s basketball beat Liberty yesterday.