Prior to the 2021 college football season Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was 23-0 former assistants. That would perfect record came to a screeching halt on an October night College Station, Texas, as the Texas A&M Aggies led by Jimbo Fisher upset the No.1 ranked Crimson Tide, 41-38. That game was a shocker too most as the Aggies beat the Tide with a third string quarterback at that. But in the end Saban ended winning the SEC championship and playing for a national title and TAM finished their season a disappointing 8-4.
Fisher wasn’t done beating his former boss though, as he went out landed the highest-rated recruiting class in the computer generated rankings. With a record eight five stars. While, Saban and the Tide finished a close second, things didn’t sit right with how TAM landed their record class. Those two instances definitely played a role in Saban becoming a bit of whistleblower this week.
Okay FS1 personality and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Shannon Sharpe gave his take on the situation.
“For the first time, one of his lieutenants beat him. Kirby Smart did it again in the national championship game. You are really trying to blow up your lieutenant’s spot because he finally beat you in a recruiting battle? So you’re willing to try and blow up everything. Have everybody look into everybody’s past. Everybody will have to put asterisks on everybody’s stuff.”
Saban Accused Fisher Of Buying Recruiting Class: Fisher Responded Quickly
In a recent interview Saban, went in on how the Aggies landed the top recruiting class ever. The seven-time national championship winning coach didn’t hold back on his accusations.
“I mean we were second in recruiting, last year. Texas (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 going to be able to sustain that in the future because more and more people are doing it. It’s tough.”
Fisher and Saban traded somewhat friendly barbs last offseason, with Jimbo guaranteeing a win over his former boss, and Saban joking maybe in golf.
But this time he didn’t hold back in his response.
“We never bought anybody. No rules are broken. Nothing was done wrong. It’s a shame that you have to sit here and defend 17-year-old kids and families and Texas A&M. Because we do things right. We’re always doing things right. We’re always going to be here. We’re doing a heck of a job.”
Jimbo wasn’t done ….
The Disdain Stems From Time Together At LSU:
Although their time together at LSU was successful, winning a national championship, the two headstrong coaches didn’t get along.
A former staffer told The Athletic the following.
“There was friction all the time. (Georgia co-defensive coordinator) Will Muschamp, and (Georgia head coach) Kirby Smart all the defensive guys bowed down to Nick, but Nick depended on Jimbo a lot. But Nick is hard on his (offensive coordinators). They were always at each other’s throats.”
Saban’s short fuse with his offensive playcallers has played out on national television at times. Jim McElwain, Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian, Mike Locksley and Brian Daboll have all been on the receiving end of one of his tongue lashings. Current OC Bill O’Brien has avoided that on national television as he chooses to call plays from the booth.
The vitriol being spewed will hopefully play out amongst the teams when the Aggies visit Tuscaloosa on October 8th. This one just got a whole lot more interesting.