… The head coach shared that he grew up on a farm in West Virginia and that his family still has a ranch there, with 'anywhere from 85 to 100 head of cattle.' However, the herd needed some replacements…
Why Jimbo Fisher is now the owner of an $80,000 calf
ByBrian Perroni, 247Sports.com
May 7, 2019
When Jimbo Fisher was hired as Texas A&M's new head coach in December of 2017, it was a huge coup for the Aggies. Fisher was one of only a handful of active head coaches to have a national championship under his belt, having won one at Florida State.
It was also a big loss for the Seminoles. Fisher had begun his tenure in Tallahassee as the offensive coordinator and head-coach-in-waiting behind the legendary Bobby Bowden. Ever since taking over the reins from Bowden, he had proven to be one of the most successful coaches in football.
However, he still seemed an odd fit in Florida. Fisher flirted with LSU, his employer prior to arriving in Tallahassee, a couple times but never made the jump. Texas A&M was able to convince him to do so, though. At the time, a record contract was a huge part of it, but so was the fit in the SEC.
Fisher has embraced the culture of Aggieland and he showed recently why a school where the A in A&M stands for 'Agriculture' is a good fit for him.
On Monday, Clay Travis reported that Fisher had apparently bought an $80,000 calf from 44 Farms over the weekend. That is definitely a hefty sum to pay for one animal but it turns out Fisher did his research on the young animal.
"He said this is like getting a commitment from an eighth grader," Bob McClaren, the president and CEO of 44 Farms, told the Dallas Morning News.
Fisher spoke to the Fort Worth A&M Club on Monday night and, not surprisingly, was asked about the purchase. The head coach shared that he grew up on a farm in West Virginia and that his family still has a ranch there, with 'anywhere from 85 to 100 head of cattle.' However, the herd needed some replacements.
That's where McClaren enters the picture.
"Fisher first met McClaren during a spring practice in 2018," the Dallas Morning News shared. "In addition to being the former president of baseball operations for the Houston Astros, McClaren co-chaired the committee responsible for renovating Kyle Field. Fisher, who was then in the midst of his first season at A&M, was ready for the encounter.
"'I met him and he knew who I was and what we do,' McClaren said. 'The guy is just very prepared wherever he goes and has always done his homework. I'm sure it's one of the keys to his success.'"
Fisher and his brother Bryan met with McClaren prior to this past weekend's sale. Fisher heard about the calf labeled Ruby 9719.
"Born on Jan. 31, the heifer is the product of a cow worth at least $210,000 and an up-and-coming bull named Southern Charm," the DMN said. "McClaren said breeder speculate Fisher's cattle has a chance to be special in the world of Angus breeding for the next 10 to 15 years."
Though it was a steep price, Fisher feels it was worth it. Also, his comments about Texas cattle...