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Jimbo Fisher’s departure and the rumored coaching candidate; Jeff Traylor

Ellyson Ortega
Head Coach Jeff Traylor looks on and prepares to make adjustments during UTSA’s game against LA Tech.

The world of college football is no stranger to swift changes and unexpected turns, and the recent firing of Jimbo Fisher as the head coach of Texas A&M has sent shockwaves through the college football community. 

As the search for a new leader begins, one name has emerged as a rumored potential frontrunner for the coveted position — Jeff Traylor, the highly regarded head coach of UTSA. This explores the circumstances surrounding Fisher’s departure, the potential hiring of Traylor and the implications for both A&M and UTSA.

Fisher, who took over the reins at A&M in 2017, was expected to bring the Aggies back to their national prominence. While Fisher had achieved some success, including a notable victory over the then No.2-ranked Alabama in 2021, the overall performance fell short of the high expectations set for the program.

 The decision to part ways with Fisher reflects the competitive nature of college football and the relentless pursuit of excellence by top-tier programs.

Fisher’s departure comes amid discussions about the future direction of the A&M football program. The university’s administration, boosters and fans are undoubtedly eager to see a new era unfold, one that brings sustained success and championships to “Aggieland.”

One name that has emerged as a rumored potential replacement for Fisher is Traylor, the head coach of the UTSA Roadrunners. Traylor has garnered attention and respect in the coaching community for his remarkable work at UTSA, where he transformed the football program into a formidable force in Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference.

Traylor’s coaching philosophy revolves around player development, discipline, and a commitment to a strong team culture. His success at UTSA, including leading the team to back-to-back C-USA Championships in 2021 and 2022, could potentially catch the eyes of athletic directors and decision-makers at larger programs like A&M.

If this rumor were to be proven true and Traylor was to be appointed as the new head coach of the Aggies, it could usher in a new era of optimism and excitement for the program. Traylor’s proven ability to build successful teams and connect with players could provide the spark needed to propel the Aggies to greater heights. His offensive prowess and strategic acumen could inject new life into the team’s performance, potentially elevating them to championship contention in the highly competitive Southeastern Conference.

However, coaching transitions are inherently challenging, and success is never guaranteed. It would be crucial for Traylor to navigate the complexities of a new program, manage the expectations of the fanbase, and build a cohesive coaching staff that complements his vision for success no matter what school he coaches for. 

 If this rumor were true and Traylor was to take the helm, the Aggies would be entrusting their future to a coach with a proven track record of success at the Group of Five collegiate level. The college football world will be closely watching the developments in College Station.

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Connor Suehs, Staff Writer
Connor (he/him) is a junior communication major at UTSA. This semester is Connor's first at The Paisano. Connor covers UTSA Athletics and the San Antonio Missions, as well as the Austin Spurs for the Project Spurs Network and high school football for Texas Sports Productions. He loves to shine a spotlight on the power of sports within our society. Aside from writing, Connor's hobbies are playing video games, hanging out with friends and watching sports.
Ellyson Ortega, Photographer

Ellyson is a third-year sociology major. He’s the distribution manager for The Paisano, and he’s also spent three semesters as an assistant photo editor. He started at The Paisano in the fall of 2017, eager to learn as much as he could as a photographer. During his time at The Paisano, he’s taken pictures of many basketball and football games, places, events and festivals. Whenever he’s not at The Paisano, you can catch him at the gym, watching anime, watching his favorite basketball team play (the San Antonio Spurs), reading books or with his friends he calls “fiends."

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