Alabama coach Nick Saban has come out firing against programs he believes are not operating within the intended spirit of NIL Legislation. Georgia coach Kirby Smart, who worked for Saban for 11 years, including nine at Alabama, has been on the same page as his mentor.

Nick Saban comes out swinging: Texas oil money threatens Alabama, Georgia recruiting dominance

The college football offseason circus is officially underway with the grand ringmaster taking center stage.

Alabama coach Nick Saban officially called out Texas A&M and took a swipe at Jackson State for paying student-athletes to come to their schools to play football.

Saban -- who claims the Tide didn’t pay any of its recruits -- was very much intentional in his remarks, which are sobering:

“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 and likeness. We didn’t buy one player.

“Jackson State paid a guy a million dollars last year that was a really good Division I player to come to school. It was in the paper. They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”

Jimbo Fisher “pissed”

Fisher denied making any such payments last February and issued a threat that if he makes good on could create more havoc in the college football world.

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“There is no $30 million fund, there is no $5 million, there is no $10 million,” Fisher said at his signing day press conference after finalizing the school’s first No. 1-ranked signing class on the heels of an 8-4 season.

“This is garbage, OK? It pisses me off ... I know how some of those guys recruit, too. Go dig into that. I know the history, I know the tradition and I know things. Trust me. You don’t want to go down that avenue.”

Both Saban and Georgia coach Kirby Smart fired warning shots when asked by DawgNation in January about how NIL could affect how programs are managed.

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“I think what is a little concerning is how is that used to get players to decide where they go to school, because I don’t think that was the intention. I don’t think that would be the NCAA’s intention,” Saban said the day before the CFP Championship Game.

“I think we probably need some kind of national legislation to sort of control that to some degree because I think there will be an imbalance relative to who can dominate college football if that’s not regulated in some form or fashion.”

Texas Oil Money

Smart was even more direct.

“You’re going to have the haves and have-nots and the separations that’s already there is going to grow larger,” Smart said. “And the schools that have the capacity and the ability and are more competitive in the NIL market are going to be schools that step ahead on top of other schools.”

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Georgia and Alabama are the current haves — but they “have not” the financial resources to compete with Texas A&M and Texas according to a recent story.

“Texas and Texas A&M’s athletic departments have routinely grossed more in donations than any other schools in the country,” SI.Com’s Ross Dellenger writes.

“Just last year, the Aggies pulled in $47.7 million in donations—one-fifth of the total donations to the 13 SEC public schools combined. And Texas? The Longhorns led everyone with $60 million in giving.”

And there it is, Saban’s realization that his program is at a disadvantage after all of these years of building up Alabama to have most all of the advantages.

Saban and Smart know where it’s headed, and so does Lane Kiffin, who has even fewer resources than Alabama and Georgia.

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