They say in the SEC it "just means more" and that has certainly been the case this off-season - where the combination of NIL, the transfer portal, tampering and the rumors that come with it have turned the conference into a never-ending game of finger-pointing among the league's 14 head coaches.
Well, that finger-pointing became a full out WWE docuseries over past 12 hours in a war of words between Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher.
By now, we all know the story - but on Wednesday night, Nick Saban was an Alabama booster club meeting, where he was asked about the current state of college sports. Well, he umm, didn't hold back, literally saying that he believed Texas A&M had "bought" every single player in the current 2022, No. 1 ranked recruiting class.
That was among many other accusations, in which he also threw Jackson State (which signed top recruit Travis Hunter) and Miami (and their super-booster John Ruiz) under the bus as well.
At first, the quote sounded too crazy to be true - but here is actual video.
Well, you knew it wasn't going to take Jimbo Fisher long to respond.
And boy oh boy did he, with a wild, 10-or-so minute press conference. Things started out calm, but boyyyyy did they escalate quickly.
“First, I want to say, it’s a shame that we have to do this,” said Fisher. It’s realty despicable. It’s despicable that somebody can say things about somebody, an organization, and more importantly 17-year old kids. You’re taking shots at 17-year old kids and their families. That they broke state laws, that they’re all money, that we bought every player on this group.
“We never bought anybody. No rules were broken. Nothing was done wrong. It was all – the way in which we do things, the ethics of how we do things. And these families, it’s despicable that a reputable head coach can come out and say this when he doesn’t get his way or things don’t go his way. The narcissist in him doesn’t allow those things to happen and it’s ridiculous when he’s not on top.”
Yes, he called him a narcissist, and it only got better from there. At that point, Fisher went off, claiming Saban thinks he's God - and that people need to go ahead and look into God's recruiting practices.
From there, he was asked if he's heard from Nick Saban.
He said Saban called, but that he hadn't answered and wasn't planning on it.
Finally, he wrapped by comparing Saban to Bobby Bowden, another former mentor. Saying, there are some coaches you learn from, and some coaches you learn what not to do from.
Think it's safe to say that October 8th, the day that Texas A&M travels to Tuscaloosa, can't come soon enough.
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