What does Jimbo Fisher contend Nick Saban did, under prior rules?

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This week’s bombshell battle between Alabama coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher included a vague claim from Fisher that Saban’s complaints about the new name, image, and likeness reality of NCAA football ring hollow because he violated the prior rules.

“The parity in college football he’s been talking about?” Fisher said during Thursday’s epic press conference. “Go talk to coaches who coached for him. You’ll find out all the parity. Go dig into where he’s been. You can find out anything. . . . Some people think they’re God. Go dig into how God did his deal. You may find out about a guy that — a lot of things you don’t want to know. We’ve built him up to be the czar of football. Go dig into his past, or anybody that’s ever coached with him. You can find out anything you wanna find out, what he does and how he does it. And it’s despicable. . . . Just go ask all the people who worked for him, who know exactly what he’s about. . . . You coach with people like Bobby Bowden and learn how to do things. You coach with other people and learn how not to do things. There’s a reason I ain’t went back and worked for him with opportunities. Don’t wanna be associated with it.”

That’s fine, but Fisher is one of the people who previously coached with Saban. If there are beans to spill, why didn’t Fisher spill them?

Meanwhile, Saban apparently has not yet responded to Fisher’s ambiguous suggestion that Saban cheated in some way. (If Saban did so on Thursday, when apologizing to Fisher and Jackson State coach while also tripling down on his NIL get-off-my-lawn rant, his comments were overlooked by the media at large.)

However this all plays out, and as Peter King said during Friday’s PFT Live, it would be nice to know more about what Fisher contends. About what happened in the past. About what is happening now.

College football always has carried the amorphous stink of secret payments to players. Now, there are no secrets. If folks complaining about the current rules have skeletons in the closet, let’s hear the bones rattle.

Whether it’s Fisher or someone else, let’s hear what Saban supposedly did. And let’s hear what he has to say about it.

14 responses to “What does Jimbo Fisher contend Nick Saban did, under prior rules?

  1. Hopefully someone gets to Saban…his wife or his employer… and tell him to put down the rocks that he’s throwing from his glass house.
    Saban is so self-absorbed that he doesn’t realize the S-storm that he put himself right in the middle of. If he’s not getting all the best players, then all of a sudden there’s a problem with the entire system. Never mind that the previous system was just as broken as this one is now.
    Nick is just taking his place in line with all the others who claim they’re poor victims.

  2. Who cares? Really? Do a large percentage of football fans really care about stuff like this? I like the game off football, but I guess there are people who get entertained by this stuff, too.

  3. So does PFT have something personal against Saban?? If this were Belichick talking they would be kissing his ass, and they are basically the same person.

  4. Saban opened up a can of worms that I think he would like to take back.
    And I don’t think it’s over. Maybe the NCAA takes a closer look at what Jimbo is saying.

  5. It’s interesting because Nick Saban has never had a single recruiting violation or any act of impropriety(that we know of) going back to his tenure at Michigan State,LSU and up thru Alabama. Nick is a 7 time national college football champion and pumps many players into the NFL after every season. He runs his programs the right way and wins. Other head coaches are jealous of Nick’s success and it shows.

  6. I don’t care if some 5star/4star/3star recruit is being compensated. Long overdue for collegiate athletes

    As for Sabean he’s in his feelings and his egos bruised. He’s still getting paid millions and still bringing in a top 3 recruiting class. Coach em up Nick and embrace the competition

  7. That speech to his boosters is gonna turn out to be the thread which unspools the entire thing and forces Saban into retirement.

  8. You mean Tua’s entire family moving from Hawaii to Alabama wasn’t about Tua getting a good education? You don’t need to look in the closet to find the skeletons. They’re sitting out on the front patio.

  9. if you are pretending to not know that college football has been corrupt for decades then you are either incredibly naive or just plain dumb

  10. sharpdressedfan17 says:
    May 20, 2022 at 9:00 pm
    It’s interesting because Nick Saban has never had a single recruiting violation or any act of impropriety(that we know of)
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    DJ Fluker said he was paid to play at Alabama.

    Why would he make that up?

    And if he was, others were.

  11. Saban was a mediocre head coach in the NFL, where every player on every team is being paid. Let that sink in.

  12. Settle disputes in court when one party has defamed other parties. You can’t put this toothpaste back in the tube. Fisher & Sanders should sue.

  13. Anyone who believes Saban hasn’t bought players over the last two decades is delusional. Every Power 5 team make sure their players get something to come to those teams. I’m a Buckeyes fan and even I know the Buckeyes have probably paid for some players in the last few decades it’s just the nature of the Beast if you’re a fan of a power 5 team and you think your program is clean you’re an idiot or you’re naive one or the other

  14. realitycheckbaby says:
    May 21, 2022 at 9:13 am
    sharpdressedfan17 says:
    May 20, 2022 at 9:00 pm
    It’s interesting because Nick Saban has never had a single recruiting violation or any act of impropriety(that we know of)
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    DJ Fluker said he was paid to play at Alabama.

    Why would he make that up?

    And if he was, others were.

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    That is not what DJ Fluker. Fluker specifically said that he negotiated with a pro agent while he was still playing at Alabama. Which techincally is a violation. The NCAA cleared Saban and Alabama since there was no way to prove that Saban knew about it, which Saban claimed that he didn’t. Fluker never said that he was paid by Saban, but rather he took money from pro-agents. Saban to his credit barred all agents from being able to even access campus after this, something that most other programs still allow.

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