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Fourth time the charm for Jimbo Fisher?

555 days ago
Kevin Scarbinsky
Photo: Fred Daniels/SEC

In Jimbo Fisher's fourth year as the head coach at Florida State, the Seminoles won the national championship. This is Fisher's fourth season at Texas A&M. Last year, the Aggies just missed the College Football Playoff, finishing No. 5 in the final playoff poll and No. 4 in both major polls after beating North Carolina in the Orange Bowl.

Do the math and check the roster, and it's easy to warm to the idea of history repeating itself for the head coach. Fisher smiled at the thought.

"I'm all for it if that's what happens, I promise you that," Fisher said. " I think there are a lot of similarities."

After three years in College Station, Fisher said the talent level of the Texas A&M roster "has gone up, up, up," but he's equally as excited that he's been able to establish his preferred culture in the program.

"To me, the culture of an organization is the most important thing," Fisher said, "the way you walk, the way you talk, the way you think, the way you believe and the way you go about your day-to-day habits and what you truly create in those habits that allow you to be successful in those big situations."

A&M's culture has progressed to the point that the players "can finish my sentences," Fisher said. "They know what I want to say."

Fisher is so confident in his team that he made a bold prediction in May. In a speech to the Houston Touchdown Club, he was asked if it would take Nick Saban retiring to beat the Crimson Tide. Despite going 0-3 against Alabama, including last season's 52-24 defeat, Fisher said, "We're going to beat his ass when he's there. Don't worry."

He didn't back down Wednesday.

"I don't have any regrets," Fisher said. "That's what we're here for, isn't it? Isn't that why everybody's here? That's what makes this league this league. That's what we expect to do at Texas A&M."

Both A&M players who accompanied Fisher to SEC Media Days said they appreciated their coach's confidence.

"My reaction is just that Jimbo has the most confidence in us," defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal said. "He knows what we can do, and he knows how we can do it. His comment, I just loved it because it shows how much he believes in us. It matters a lot."

After losing to Alabama last year, Texas A&M won its last eight games to finish 9-1. With the notable exception of quarterback Kellen Mond, they return the majority of the players who ran off that winning streak. They're poised to make Fisher's fourth year in Aggieland as special as his fourth year at Florida State.

As offensive lineman Kenyon Green said, ""Our coach is confident in our team, and I'm confident, too."