A Major College Football Head Coaching Hire Hasn’t Signed His Contract Yet – Here’s Why

first_imgA view of the "Home Of The 12th Man" sign in Texas A&M's stadium.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: Fans of the Texas A&M Aggies cheer in the stands before the start of their game against the Ball State Cardinals at Kyle Field on September 12, 2015 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Texas A&M’s hiring of Jimbo Fisher was regarded as one of the major coaching coups of the offseason. Several months later, Fisher still hasn’t signed his contract.Don’t worry Texas A&M fans. Fisher was obviously announced as the coach and has been behaving like one since then, actively recruiting and coaching the team in the spring.So why hasn’t he inked his 10-year, $75-million deal? Well, a myriad of factors it seems.According to the Texas Tribune, a combination of contractual red tape, plus Fisher’s time-consuming duties as a head coach have held him up from signing his contract.Changes to the federal tax code and Fisher’s focus on recruiting players have slowed the signing process, A&M officials say. But they also say it’s not unusual for there to be a months-long period in which a college coach, like Fisher, is reeling in new talent and giving press conferences while still hammering out the details of his employment contract.“Twenty years ago, the services of a coach were secured with a handshake,” said Robert Lattinville, an attorney who specializes in employment contracts for college- and professional-level executives and coaches. “Then the money got so much — it got so inflated — and the consequences of not having a coach under contract were heightened.”Top university coaches now have employment agreements that can top 30 pages and include perks like complimentary flight time on private jets, complicated licensing deals, personal cars, membership in exclusive clubs and six-figure performance bonuses. At the same time, Lattinville said, those coaches are frequently hired during or on the eve of recruiting season.Per CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, there’s no concern on the part of the A&M administration.Breaking from Texas Tribune: Months after becoming highest-paid coach (total package) in cfb history, Jimbo Fisher has still not signed his contract. TAMU confirms. School source to CBS Sports, “Zero concern.”— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) May 31, 2018So, Texas A&M, this seems just like part of the cost of doing big business in college football.You wanted Fisher at a high price, this is part of the process.last_img

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