It’s fairly normal process for faculty soccer head coaches to make themselves accessible to the printed community within the days earlier than a recreation, both as a part of a manufacturing assembly or via visits to apply or amenities. That was the belief for the SEC Community broadcasting crew this week as they ready for Saturday night time’s recreation between Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Nonetheless, in line with announcer Tom Hart, Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher didn’t present up for the deliberate manufacturing assembly, leaving them to surprise why.
Hart shared the anecdote throughout his look on Friday’s The Paul Finebaum Present. When Finebaum requested Hart if he realized something concerning the Texas A&M gamers who have been suspended this week, one thing that Fisher has declined to touch upon, the SEC Community announcer admitted that Fisher “bailed” on their assembly.
“We don’t know something,” mentioned Hart. “We have been over there assembly with a few the coaches however we didn’t have a chance to satisfy with Jimbo. He bailed on that probability.”
Finebaum later circled again on that admission and prodded Hart to seek out out why Fisher had canceled the manufacturing assembly and whether or not or not that was uncommon.
“I don’t know why he was immediately unavailable, however that’s the primary time,” mentioned Hart. “I’ve been doing this for a minute now Paul. I’m not a spring hen anymore like I was. That’s the primary time I ever keep in mind a head coach being unavailable for manufacturing conferences a day earlier than the sport.
“No matter drama bubbled to the floor as we speak, it’s most likely emblematic of a variety of points occurring over there proper now.”
“I don’t know why he was immediately unavailable…That’s the primary time I ever keep in mind a head coach being unavailable for manufacturing conferences a day earlier than the sport.” – @tom_hart on Jimbo Fisher bailing on a deliberate manufacturing assembly with the SEC Community crew Friday. pic.twitter.com/JrqhEVJGqp
— Terrible Saying (@awfulannouncing) October 28, 2022
This season has been an unmitigated catastrophe for Fisher and the Aggies to date. Whereas they entered the 12 months with a extremely touted recruiting class and nationwide rating, their status was raked throughout the coals by SEC rivals and media members earlier than the season even began. Then they preceded to show these critics proper with a shocking loss at house to Appalachian State earlier than falling brief towards Alabama due to a horrible play name. The knives have been out for Fisher ever since (typically actually) because the well-paid head coach with a staggering buyout stumbles via a season that retains getting extra disappointing.
All of which is to say, coupling that with the participant suspensions, Fisher had a variety of potential causes to bail on that assembly.
That mentioned, Hart chimed in Friday afternoon on Twitter to say that the assembly did, ultimately, occur in spite of everything.
Simply wrapped up a manufacturing assembly through zoom with Jimbo after operating into scheduling points this morning. All the time respect coaches discovering time for us and look ahead to sharing that data throughout the recreation. Because of SID Alan Cannon and his employees for making it occur.
— Tom Hart (@tom_hart) October 28, 2022
“Simply wrapped up a manufacturing assembly through zoom with Jimbo after operating into scheduling points this morning,” mentioned Hart. “All the time respect coaches discovering time for us and look ahead to sharing that data throughout the recreation. Because of SID Alan Cannon and his employees for making it occur.”
Now, did Texas A&M and Fisher all the time plan to make good on the assembly or did they immediately have free time as soon as they noticed Hart’s interview and its PR fallout? We’ll most likely by no means know for certain however we are able to make some educated guesses.
It’ll be fascinating to see what sort of commentary Hart and broadcast accomplice Jordan Rodgers have concerning the manufacturing assembly drama when the Aggies and Rebels sq. off Saturday night time. That’s, if they will maintain the corn canine out of their mouths lengthy sufficient to speak about it.[Tom Hart, The Paul Finebaum Show, AL.com]