What we all saw cannot be denied: Jimbo Fisher has made losing fun again at Texas A&M. He may have also, in the minds of many Aggies, already earned every penny of his bloated 10-year, $75 million contract.

Fisher was all but carried off the field Saturday night after his team’s rousing, 28-26, loss to Clemson and, if he isn’t careful, might be specially-elected mayor of College Station.

Fisher showed all fire and brimstone you want to see in an incoming SEC preacher, spouting fourth-quarter expletives at officials over a horrible pylon touch-back call. He can atone for his potty mouth at Sunday morning church services.

Other than that, praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

Saturday goes down as a defeat, for certain, but there was plenty enough positive to placate the crowd of 104,000 at Kyle Field.

“It disappoints me that I couldn’t make the call to help them win the game,” Fisher said afterward.

Aw shucks coach, a few more close losses like this, to Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State, and the administration might have to tear your contract into confetti.

Fisher has already proven to be an immense losing-coaching improvement over Kevin Sumlin, whose team unforgivably blew a 34-point lead last year at UCLA.

Taking a Clemson team to the wire, as Texas A&M did Saturday night, has given Aggie fans real hope of finishing fourth this year in the SEC West.

You can feel it all changing in College Station because, while all losses ultimately hurt, this one felt great. There is no reason to believe that TAMU, which finished 6-6 last season, can’t improve that to 7-5 and get to something better than the Belk Bowl.


What a day for the Ks, Kansas and Kentucky, which ended years of misery with stunning road victories.

Kansas, which lost at home to Nicholls last week, snapped a 46-game road losing streak with a 31-7 win at one of the Michigan directional schools (Central, we believe).

“For our program, for our fans, for our stakeholders, that was really important,” Kansas Coach David Beaty said. “Our fans deserve it, and they deserve better.”

Kentucky also came through with an it’s-about-freaking time win over Florida, snapping a 31-year losing streak to the Gators with a 27-16.

It was the Wildcats’ first win in Gainesville since 1979, which is also roughly the last time Florida left the state for a non-conference road game.



Quick take on Stanford’s 17-3 win over USC: My theory on winning big with a true freshman quarterback is getting weaker with every early-entry, Elite 11 quarterback graduate. But my axiom hasn’t lost all its juice.

I warned USC in 2009 about starting true frosh Matt Barkley and the Trojans finished 9-4.

In a three-way battle this season, USC chose freshman JT Daniels to lead the Trojans into the 2018 season. After two weeks, USC is 1-1 and Daniels looks like a first-year freshman. His upside is obviously enormous, but not enough to lead USC to a second-week win against a beefy-looking Stanford team.

Three points of offense is not going to cut it with USC fans in its longstanding rivalries; yet Saturday marked the fewest points scored against Stanford since the Great Shutout of 1941.

Daniels finished 16 for 34 for 215 yards with interceptions thrown on his last two passes. He was also sacked four times. If only there was a San Clemente High quarterback, sitting on the bench, to bail the Trojans out…



The Pac 12’s hottest two off-season coaching hires spent their formative preparation months in witness\fitness protection, sheltering themselves and their players from any sort of public scrutiny and\or observation.

Kevin Sumlin basically closed his first spring practice at Arizona while Chip Kelly, at UCLA, slipped out of more back doors than a Beverly Hills burglar.

Neither coach wanted anything to do with anybody, for any reason, particularly the media, and the only thing “up-tempo” about Kelly so far has been his need to end a press conference.

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