For the first time since a former Aggie linebacker made allegations of possible NCAA rules violations, new head coach Jimbo Fisher is talking.
“We take them very seriously, “ Fisher said Thursday. “We’re open to all inquiries and will be very open in our records of everything we have.”
On Tuesday, USA Today reported that Santino Marchiol, who was hoping to start his second season in College Station after being red-shirted last year, said he witnessed behavior that made him uncomfortable, including a claim that an assistant coach gave him cash to host top recruits on unofficial visits, players being evaluated in June practices that were operated outside of NCAA rules and that the medical staff mishandled his ankle injury.
“We feel very confident in the things we have done," Fisher said. “We’ll cooperate in any way, shape or form in which they want (us) to.“
Marchiol has since transferred to Arizona, where former Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin is now the head coach for the Wildcats. He is attempting to play this season and not sit out one year, applying for an NCAA waiver, and it was in his statement to the Arizona compliance office where Marchiol made the allegations.
Fisher, who is just months into his 10-year $75 million contract that lured him from Florida State, ended with this statement: “I feel very confident in our program and how we’ve done things.