The Spring Meetings of the Southeast Conference will be held in person for the time from 2019 in just under two weeks.
It is unlikely that the two SEC superstar coaches will speak together in Destin, Florida.
Texas A&M coach Jimba Fisher called Nick Saban a “narcissist” on Thursday after an Alabama coach accused rival Aggie of using name, image and similarity deals to create his top-ranked classes.
Less than 24 hours after Saban said Texas A&M was essentially “buying” players, Fisher called impromptu press conference to explode the college’s most experienced football coach and his former boss at LSU.
“It’s disgusting that a reputable head coach can come out and say that if he doesn’t succeed or it doesn’t,” Fisher said at College Station, Texas. “Narcissus in it does not allow such things to happen – it’s funny – if he is not on top. And the parity in student football he was talking about? Talk to the coaches who coached him. You will learn all the parities. Go dig wherever he is. ”
Texas A&M had a consensus клас 1 recruiting class in the country for 2022 after winning Alabama in the regular season. Tide’s class was № 2. In his class, which lasted about 10 minutes, Fisher said, “We’ve never bought anyone, the rules aren’t broken. Nothing was done wrong. “
Crimson Tide lost to Aggies in 2021, but won the SEC Championship and played for the national title. In their fourth season, the Egi ran 8-4 under Fisher, who, like Saban, is one of the highest paid coaches in the game with more than $ 9 million per season.
The public debate is perhaps the most disgusting manifestation of growing anxiety and concern among college coaches struggling with two big changes: the compensation era, which began last July, and its impact on recruitment and the ease with which players can now move.
Saban, who has won six national championships and is considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game, called the current state of affairs unstable. At an event in Birmingham, Alabama, he said some schools spend “tons of money to get players.”
“You read about it, you know who they are,” Saban said Wednesday. “We were second in the set last year. A&M was first. A&M bought every player on its team. Agreed on name, image and similarity. We didn’t buy any players. But I don’t know if we can stand it in the future, so that more and more people are doing it. It’s hard. “
In the early 2000s, Fischer was an assistant to Saban at LSU, working as a coordinator of offensive action in the 2003 Champions League. Now this relationship is badly damaged.
“We’re done,” Fisher said, adding that Saban reached for the phone, but he did not answer the call. “He showed you who he is. He’s the greatest in history, right? If you’ve got all the benefits, it’s easy.”
He said Saban’s comments were offensive to Texas A&M and the families of the players who signed with Aggies.
“Some people think they’re God,” Fisher said. “Dig deeper into how God did His work. You can learn about a guy you don’t want to know much about. We make him such a king of football. Deepen into his past or someone who has ever trained with him. You can learn everything you want to know what he does and how he does it. ”
“There’s a reason I didn’t come back and work on it with opportunities. I don’t want to contact him, “Fisher added.
Texas A&M will play in Alabama on October 8, but Fisher and Saban won’t have to wait that long to intersect with SEC meetings.
“I am not cheating. I’m not lying. If you did, my old man would hit me in the face. Maybe someone should have slapped him (Saban), ”Fisher said.
The 56-year-old Fisher won the 2013 state championship as head coach of Florida before being awarded a 10-year contract for $ 75 million to leave Tallahassee at the Texas A&M in 2017.
The NCAA repealed most of its rules prohibiting athletes from making money from sponsorship and referral deals last July, but many sports colleges have concerns that NIL deals are used as incentives to hire and de facto pay for the game. Last week, the NCAA released recommendations to Division I members to clarify their rules against allowing boosters to participate in recruitment.
In February, Fisher went on to rival rumors that Texas A&M had spent $ 30 million on NIL deals to get one of the highest-ranked recruiting classes in history.
The 70-year-old Saban was more focused in his critique of the current state of student football than he was in the past. He also mentioned Jackson and Miami in his remarks.
Jackson state coach Dayon Sanders, who is a member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame, has appointed one of the nation’s best recruits to corner defender Travis Hunter, who worked in Florida before the coup on signing day in December.
As for Fisher, he said he is looking forward to meeting Destin.
“I am not against confrontation. I have lived with it all my life, ”Fisher said. “I kind of like it. It’s not the way I was brought up.
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