Nick Saban vs. Jimbo Fisher: Why All the Drama?

Noah Dunlap
3 min readAug 31, 2022
Photo courtesy of SI.com

At least we know the college football offseason won’t be boring this year, especially not in the SEC.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban, just call him GOAT for short, made headlines earlier this week, for all the wrong reasons, as he stated that Texas A&M had “bought every player on their team”, on their way to having the top-ranked recruiting class this year.

Here‘s the clip, for those of you who haven’t seen it yet.

https://twitter.com/max_olson/status/1527118791955578880?s=21&t=TsFFF_Ldz6KFLlRc6PdisA

Now let’s be clear, he’s not wrong, but you can’t word it like that. In the new landscape of college athletics and NIL deals allowing student athletes to get paid, there’s no question that universities with the deepest pockets are going to get the top athletes.

And Texas A&M is absolutely one of the beneficiaries.

Obviously, A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher had to clap back at his former boss, and he did so in a major way. Included in his response was him calling the Crimson Tide head coach “a narcissist,“ and the line, “Some people think they’re god..” followed by more filler about how gods do their deals and digging into their past.

He then went on, saying, “We build him up to be the czar of college football.”

Then, to make matters worse, Aggies Athletic Director Ross Bjork came out, accusing Saban of “personal attacks” against the university, and of breaking SEC bylaws, in the process.

Now, I like Bjork, and most people have good things to say about the guy.. He was formerly the AD at Ole Miss, and did a masterful job while the AD in Oxford, but this is ridiculous. Saban called your university out for buying players, he never said you cheated. In fact, no one is accusing A&M of cheating.

The problem here isn’t with Saban or A&M, the problem is with the NCAA rushing into the NIL madness. NIL was never supposed to be about pay-to-play, it was about athletes being compensated for their services, once they’d arrived on campus.

However, due to loopholes, we’ve reached a point where universities are paying guys to come to their school. That’s not what this was meant to be, and that’s more what Saban was…

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Noah Dunlap

Avid Sports Fan. Host of the “Noah’s Ark of Sports” podcast. Ole Miss '20