Saban, Fisher end feud at SEC meetings
By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Drew Pavan
Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher have put an end to their “feud”at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Florida.
Two weeks after alleging that A&M was buying players with name, image and likeness deals, Saban told reporters that he never accused anyone of wrongdoing and that he has “no problem” with Jimbo.
After Saban had accused A&M of buying players, Jimbo called Saban a “narcissist” and said that when Saban called, he didn’t pick up. Jimbo went on to say their relationship is “done.”
Both have decided to put the feud behind them and move on.
“It’s over with,” Jimbo said. “We’re done talking about it. We’re moving on to try to fix the problems of what we have in college football. There are a lot more pressing needs than our arguments.”
“I didn’t say anybody did anything wrong, OK, and I’ve said everything I’m gonna say about this. I should have never mentioned any individual institutions, and I said that before.” Saban said Tuesday. “But some kind of uniform name, image and likeness standard that supports some kind of equitable, national competition I think is really, really important in college athletics and college football.”
Jimbo, was Saban’s offensive coordinator at LSU from 2000 to 2004.
Saban again voiced his displeasure and frustration with NIL and the need for its regulation.
“We need some kind of transparency in name, image and likeness deals to verify that players are doing what they need to do to have the opportunity to make money in name, image and likeness. I’m all for players making as much as they can make, I think that we’ve gotta have some uniform, transparent way to do that.”
In October, Saban lost to one of his former assistants for the first time when Jimbo led A&M to a 41-38 win over Alabama in College Station. Alabama will look for revenge on Oct. 8 when they play the Aggies in Tuscaloosa.