Jimbo Fisher fires back at Nick Saban: ‘Maybe somebody should’ve slapped (him)’

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Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher speaks to the media during the 2021 SEC Football Kickoff Media Days on July 21, 2021, at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. (Jimmie Mitchell/SEC)
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Nick Saban seemed upset about Texas A&M’s recruiting practices. Jimbo Fisher made it crystal clear that he’s furious at what Saban had to say.

Fisher called for a press conference on Thursday to refute comments made by Saban on Wednesday evening, when the Alabama coach accused Texas A&M of buying its entire class.

“I mean, we were second in recruiting last year,” Saban told a group in Birmingham, Ala. “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.”

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Fisher, who worked with Saban from 2000 to 2004 when the two were at LSU, repeatedly called Saban’s actions despicable. The Texas A&M head coach called for federal regulations to create a more even playing field when it comes to NIL.

He also made allusions to some seeing Saban as a god and said that perhaps Saban should’ve been slapped more as a child.

“Some people think they’re God,” Fisher said. “We build him up to be the czar of football. Go dig into his past. I know the guy. I know him really well.”

This is not the first time Fisher has pushed back against these type of allegations, as he delivered a rather epic rant back in February. But by comparison, those comments seem tame compared to what Fisher said on Thursday.

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