Recruiting Violations Make Jimbo Fisher's Massive Deal With Texas A&M Look Even Worse

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Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher | Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

It hasn't taken very long for Texas A&M's questionable decision to hire Jimbo Fisher to blow up in their face.

On Thursday, it was reported that the Aggies and Fisher were hit with punishments after the NCAA found that the program violated recruiting policies between January of 2018 and February of last year. Per reports, Texas A&M was handed a 12-month probation and Fisher was dealt a six-month show-cause order.

The findings claim that Fisher and assistant Jay Graham, who is now at Tennessee, had impermissible contact with a recruit. As part of the punishment, the school terminated its recruitment of the prospect. Among the laundry list of disciplines includes the Aggies being forbidden to recruit off campus during the fall, a fine of $5,000 and a reduction in official visits by 17 days during the 2019-20 academic year.

The terms of Fisher's show-cause order include a previously served nine-day ban on phone calls, texts or emails with prospects for the entire month of January and a reduction of three days in off-campus recruiting contact from December 2019 through January of 2020.

In hindsight, Texas A&M giving Fisher a 10-year, $75 million contract back in 2018 looks sa little questionable now. Recruiting violations won't help matters.