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Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher will be back at work Sunday, trying to fix things

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Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher calls plays against Massachusetts.

The Texas A&M football team in its season finale could upset sixth-ranked LSU, which would be great, but many fans already have turned their focus to 2023.

Next season officially starts Sunday when Fisher said he’ll starting addressing “the issues and things we have to do to get back on top.”

The Aggies (4-7), who came into the season ranked sixth, failed to be bowl-eligible for the first time since 2008. A&M has the worst record in the Southeastern Conference at 1-6. It’s also uncharted territory for Fisher who was 5-6 at Florida State in 2017 when he resigned to take the A&M job. Other than that, he’s won at least eight games in every season.

“The emotions you keep out of it,” Fisher said at Monday’s press conference. “You’re disappointed, you’re always trying to find answers. Anytime you are not where you want to be, you are constantly looking, pushing, challenging, evaluating, changing, thinking, but it’s part of life.”

The struggles the A&M players and coaches have endured with a rash of injuries and suspensions mirror life’s many challenges Fisher said.

“You can’t let circumstances define who you are,” Fisher said. “That doesn’t mean you’re content with them or happy with them.”

The key is to go about your business daily the right way, Fisher said, whether you’re 11-0 or struggling like the Aggies.

“Your process of how you go about yourself and who you are as a person can’t change and it challenges you, and I think it’ll make you stronger in the future, and hopefully you learn from it,” Fisher said. “But it’s not fun when it’s going on. I promise you that.”

That’s why many will be glad when Sunday arrives. The program needs a reset button in the worst way.

Courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics.

•Injury update. A&M is hopeful to have running back Devon Achane and wide receiver Evan Stewart for the game, Fisher said.

“I’m very hopeful and optimistic for that,” Fisher said. “I can’t say that for sure in day-by-day things.”

Achane, who is 113 yards shy of 1,000 yards, has missed the last two games with a foot injury. Stewart was banged up in last week’s game. He leads the team in receiving with 49 receptions for 607 yards. Tight end Max Wright, who was injured against Auburn, also is day-to-day, Fisher said.

•Et cetera. LSU, which has clinched the SEC West’s spot in the league championship, opened as an 8.5-point pick over A&M and it has climbed to 9.5. LSU (9-2, 6-1) needs a victory to avoid Alabama (9-2, 5-2) possibly tying for the West’s top spot.

Robert Cessna's email address is robert.cessna@theeagle.com

 

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