Last night, Nick Saban dropped a bombshell on the college football world by calling out Texas A&M and head coach Jimbo Fisher for paying their players to come to their school.
Of course, the Aggies had the top recruiting class by signing day 2022, with Saban’s Crimson Tide finishing with the second best.
“I mean, we were second in recruiting last year. A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team — made a deal for name, image, likeness. We didn’t buy one player, all right? But I don’t know if we’re gonna be able to sustain that in the future because more and more people are doing it. It’s tough.”
Needless to say, Saban wasn’t holding back.
Naturally, Jimbo Fisher had to respond back to the famed ‘Bama coach’s claims, and in good ol’ Jimbo fashion he responded in a fiery fashion.
According to ESPN Sr. Writer Adam Rittenberg, Jimbo said in a news conference today:
“It’s a shame that we have to do this. It’s really despicable… these are 17 year old kids. We never bought anybody. No rules were broken. Nothing was done wrong. And the way we do things, it’s despicable that a reputable head coach could come out and say this when he doesn’t get his way.
Some people think they’re God. Go dig into how God did his deal. You may find out about a guy a lot of things you don’t wanna know. We build him up to be the czar of football. Go dig into his past or anybody that’s ever coached with him… it’s despicable.
And I know the guy, I know him really well. I hate it for out players who are coming here.”
Jimbo also stated that Saban tried to get in touch with him, but he’s not taking his call.
“My dad always told me this when people show you who they are, believe them. He’s showing you who he is.
I’m just giving you the truth, because I have nothing to hide, and our program has nothing to hide. It would be interesting if everybody could say that.”
And the best of all:
“Maybe somebody should’ve slapped him.”
Texas A&M and Alabama square off October 8th this upcoming season in Tuscaloosa… This could be one for the ages.
Here’s the full press conference: