On Thursday, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher called Nick Saban a “narcissist” after an Alabama coach accused rival Southeast Agis rival 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 at College Station, Texas, and didn’t hold back in the blast of the college’s most experienced football coach, who was also his former boss when they were at LSU.
“First of all, I want to say that it is a pity that we have to do it. It’s really mean, “Fisher said during the session, which lasted about 10 minutes. “We have never bought anyone, we do not break any rules. Nothing was done wrong. “
Texas A&M had a consensus клас 1 recruiting class in the country for 2022 after winning Alabama in the regular season. The Taidu class was No. 2.
Last season The Crimson Tide lost to Aggies but won the Southeast Conference and played for the national title. In his fourth season under Fisher, who, like Saban, is one of the highest paid coaches in the game, the Aggies finished 8-4.
“It’s disgusting that a reputable head coach can come out and say that if he doesn’t succeed or it doesn’t work out,” Fisher said. – Narcissus in it does not allow this to happen – it’s funny – if he’s not on top. And the parity in university football he was talking about. Talk to the coaches who coached him. You will learn the whole parody. Go dig wherever he is. ”
Speaking at an event in Birmingham, Alabama, Saban 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.
“There’s a reason I didn’t come back and work on it with opportunities. I don’t want to be associated with him, “Fisher added.
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. ”
Texas A&M plays in Alabama on October 8. The Southeastern Conference is holding its spring meetings in Florida a week after Remembrance Day, which brings together all football coaches and athletic directors, as well as Commissioner Greg Senkey. The event has not been held in person for the last two years.
The 56-year-old Fisher won the 2013 state championship as head coach of Florida before receiving a 10-year contract for $ 75 million to leave Tallahassee and become the Texas A&M coach in 2017.
“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 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.
This is the second time this year that Fisher has publicly defended his program after signing one of the highest-ranked recruitment classes in the history of rankings.
In February, Fisher went after competitors who spread rumors that Texas A&M had spent $ 30 million on NIL deals to create its stellar recruiting class.
“The clown is acting,” Fisher said at the time. “There are several coaches in our league.”
On Wednesday night, the 70-year-old Saban, who has won six national championships, was more focused in his critique of the current state of student football than in the past.
Saban also mentioned in his speech the state of Jackson and Miami.
Jackson state coach Deion Sanders, who is part of the NFL Hall of Fame, has appointed one of the nation’s best recruits to defender Travis Hunter, who was loyal to Florida State before the coup on the day of the signing in December.
Sanders denies that Jackson State made any inadmissible offers to Hunter to force him to sign with a historically black college that participates in the second tier of Football Division I.
“You’d better turn to what Saban’s lies coach said tomorrow,” Sanders tweeted Wednesday night. “We, as PEOPLE, do not have to pay our PEOPLE to play with our PEOPLE.”
Hunter also reported on social media on Thursday.
“I got a million? But my mother still lives in a three-room house with five children. ” He tweeted.
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