Missouri State Bears head coach Bobby Petrino during the bears win on the Western Illinois Leathernecks at Plaster Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022.


Report: Bobby Petrino to become Texas A&M offensive coordinator

Bobby Petrino is on the verge of being hired as offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Petrino was hired as UNLV’s offensive coordinator on Dec. 15 but is apparently leaving for an SEC gig less than three weeks later.

Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher is looking to pump up an offense that ranked 101st in scoring (22.8 points per game) and 93rd in total offense (360.8 yards per game) in 2022. Texas A&M (5-7) scored 20 or fewer points on five occasions.

Petrino, 61, spent the past three seasons as head coach of FCS program Missouri State and had an 18-15 record.

Petrino served 14 seasons as a head coach at the FBS level and went 119-56. He served two stints at Louisville (2003-06 and 2014-18) and also coached Arkansas (2008-11) and Western Kentucky (2013).

Petrino went 21-5 over his last two seasons at Arkansas but a motorcycle accident in the spring of 2012 led to his dismissal.

An injured Petrino initially said he was the only person on the motorcycle but less than a week later, it was revealed athletic department staff member Jessica Dorrell — who had recently been hired by Petrino — was also aboard.

Petrino admitted to the extramarital affair a few days later and was fired 13 days after the accident.

Petrino also coached the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 but quit with three games remaining and the team saddled with a 3-10 record to take the Arkansas gig. His players learned of his resignation via notes he left at their lockers.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher prior to a game against the  Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher big favorite to be next coach fired

Jimbo Fisher has gone from sparring with Nick Saban over NIL deals to fighting for his job in just six short months.

The Aggies opened the season ranked No. 6 in the AP Top 25 and viewed as a potential title contender. However, Texas A&M has stumbled to a 3-5 record that leaves have stumbled to a 3-5 record that leaves the program battling just to become bowl-eligible.

After opening their SEC schedule with a come-from-behind win at Arkansas, the Aggies have suffered four consecutive defeats. After the latest — a 31-28 setback at bitter rival Ole Miss — Fisher has been installed as the +200 favorite by SportsBetting.ag to be the next FBS coach fired this season.

Texas A&M suffered its first loss of the season at home in shocking fashion to Appalachian State. The Aggies appeared to put the wheels back on the wagon with wins over Miami and Arkansas before the four-game skid, with the past three losses coming by a combined 13 points.

Complicating matters is the massive 10-year contract extension Fisher signed last year. If Texas A&M were to fire Fisher after the 2022 season, the school would be on the hook for nearly $86 million.

His fate in College Station could be determined by the Aggies’ final three SEC games — at home versus Florida this Saturday followed by a road game against Auburn, which just fired its coach, Bryan Harsin, and the regular-season finale against LSU on Nov. 26.

The next-shortest odds to be the next coach fired belong to South Florida’s Jeff Scott at +350 and Stanford’s David Shaw at +500.

Next Coach Fired Odds
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M (+200)
Jeff Scott, South Florida (+350)
David Shaw, Stanford (+500)
Steve Sarkisian, Texas (+700)
Justin Wilcox, Cal (+750)
Jedd Fisch, Arizona (+800)
Jeff Haley, Boston College (+900)
Neal Brown, West Virginia (+900)
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern (+1200)
Ken Niumatalolo, Navy (+1600)
Mel Tucker, Michigan State (+2500)
Mario Cristobal, Miami (+3300)
Brent Venables, Oklahoma (+5000)

Harsin became the sixth Power 5 coach fired this season on Monday. He followed Scott Frost (Nebraska), Herm Edwards (Arizona State), Geoff Collins (Georgia Tech), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin) and Karl Dorrell (Colorado).

–Field Level Media

Jul 21, 2022; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher shown on the stage during SEC Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Jimbo Fisher moves on, has ‘great respect’ for Nick Saban

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said Thursday that he has moved on from his public spat with Nick Saban and maintains “great respect for him.”

Fisher made the comments during his SEC Media Days appearance in Atlanta, perhaps putting to bed the fierce back-and-forth that began in May when Saban said Fisher had “bought every player” with NIL deals.

“Listen, we’re great. Two competitive guys that go at it. We all learn from things we do in our business. Two competitive guys on a topic that is very — everywhere, as they say,” Fisher said.

“I have great respect for Nick. Unfortunately, our thing went public. Sometimes that happens in this world. Nothing is private anymore, is it?” Fisher added.

It was a far cry from Fisher’s initial response to Saban’s remarks made in Birmingham, when he told a gathering that A&M “bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness.”

Fisher went ballistic the next day in a hastily called press conference, calling Saban a narcissist who thinks he’s God, adding that somebody should have slapped him when he was little. Fisher said he was done with Saban and refused to take his calls.

Saban repeatedly apologized for singling out Texas A&M — and others — though he didn’t back down from his point about the wild west nature of NIL deals.

“We all learn from him. We all will learn, like I say, he will learn, hopefully I learn from things we do and say, and we move on from there. But I have great respect for him and their program like always,” Fisher said Thursday.

Texas A&M opens the season at home against Sam Houston State on Sept. 3. The Aggies visit Alabama on Oct. 8.

Fisher guided the team to an 8-4 record last season and is 34-14 through four seasons in College Station, including 3-0 in bowl games.

–Field Level Media

May 27, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Eric Fisher (79) talks with coaches during Indianapolis Colts OTAs. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Colts OT Eric Fisher, OG Quenton Nelson expected to play Week 2

Offensive tackle Eric Fisher completed practice and remains on target to play Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts.

It would be Fisher’s first game since rupturing his Achilles in the AFC Championship game in January. He also had a setback in training camp following a positive COVID-19 test.

Fisher could see time at left tackle when the Colts (0-1) host the Los Angeles Rams (1-0). Head coach Frank Reich said the team will give him another day before making a final decision.

All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson completed practice Friday, a rarity during the first two weeks of the season, and is “full go” for Sunday’s battle in the trenches with All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (calf) is out for a second consecutive game, Reich said.

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Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher (72) kneels on field before the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Block aid: Chiefs release starting OTs, save $18M

Starting offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz were released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.

The move will save the Chiefs more than $18 million against the 2021 salary cap, including the $12 million recaptured by releasing Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in 2013.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for both Eric and Mitchell,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement.

“With Eric, obviously he was the very first player that we drafted when we got to Kansas City, and we were able to watch him grow into a solid tackle for us for many years.

“With Mitchell, his durability and toughness is remarkable and he certainly left his mark on our team. These decisions are never easy, especially with guys like these, but both of these players will forever be a part of our history.”

Fisher, 30, spent all eight of his NFL seasons with the Chiefs. He suffered a torn Achilles in the AFC Championship game and did not play in the Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Schwartz, 31, missed most of the 2020 season with a back injury. He started 70 games in five seasons with Kansas City.

–Field Level Media

Dec 29, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Paddy Fisher (42) leaves the field after being ejected for targeting during the first half against the Kentucky Wildcats in the 2017 Music Bowl at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern LB Paddy Fisher wins Lott IMPACT Trophy

Northwestern All-Big Ten linebacker Paddy Fisher was named the winner of the Lott IMPACT Trophy on Sunday night.

Fisher, a three-time team captain, finished his career with 404 tackles, the most among active players, in 48 career games.

The IMPACT part of the award stands for integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. It is named after Ronnie Lott, who is both a college football and pro football Hall of Famer and is awarded to the NCAA defensive player who made the biggest impact on his team.

Fisher was named Big Ten linebacker of the year after posting 86 tackles (4.5 for losses), one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in nine games this season.

Northwestern’s scholarship fund will receive $25,000 due to Fisher winning the award.

The other finalists were safety Talanoa Hufanga of Southern California, defensive end Tarron Jackson of Coastal Carolina, linebacker/defensive end Joseph Ossai of Texas, linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah of Notre Dame and cornerback Patrick Surtain II of Alabama.

The award is presented by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation in Newport Beach, Calif., and has been handed out every year since 2004.

–Field Level Media

Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher (72) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs LT Eric Fisher done with torn Achilles

Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher left the AFC Championship Game with a torn Achilles and is facing an extended rehab, according to NFL Network.

“It doesn’t look too good with the Achilles,” head coach Andy Reid said Sunday night.

Mike Remmers moved from right tackle to left tackle in the Chiefs’ 38-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. Andrew Wylie moved from right guard to right tackle.

Fisher, 30, appeared in 117 games (113 starts) since the Chiefs selected him No. 1 overall out of Central Michigan in 2013. He is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who started 15 games this season while protecting the blind side of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The loss of Fisher could create major problems for the Chiefs, who already are without right tackle Mitchell Schwartz because of a back injury. Remmers has moved into a starting role to replace Schwartz, and Martinas Rankin is likely to start in place of Fisher against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7.

–Field Level Media