Nick Saban reiterates regret for singling out programs

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Alabama coach Nick Saban may be on the wrong side of 70, but he can backpedal like an All-Pro defensive back.

In a session with reporters on Tuesday, Saban was asked about the recent brouhaha between him and Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher regarding the name, image, and likeness dynamic.

It started fewer than two weeks ago, when Saban said that Texas A&M “bought” its entire recruiting class. Fisher angrily responded, essentially accusing Saban of chronic cheating and inviting reporters to dig into Saban’s background.

I didn’t really say that anybody did anything wrong,” Saban said Tuesday, via SI.com. “I’ve said everything I’m going to say about this. I should have never mentioned any individual institutions, as I’ve said before.”

Saban repeatedly insisted on Tuesday that he accused no one of wrongdoing. However, it remains a violation for programs to be directly involved in arranging NIL payments, or to make payments directly to players. By saying Texas A&M “bought” its recruiting class, a reasonable person easily could conclude that Saban was accused Texas A&M and Fisher of crossing the line.

Amazingly, Saban doesn’t seem to think Fisher crossed the line in the things he said about Saban. He said Tuesday that he “has no problem with Jimbo at all.”

Either Saban has far thicker skin than he’s ever before displayed, or he’s lying. Possibly, he doesn’t want to engage Fisher on the issue of whatever it is he’s accusing Saban of doing in the past in order to keep the question from escalating to the point at which someone will accept Fisher’s invitation to start poking around into Saban’s past practices.

Regardless, Saban badly wants to move on. We’ll see if Fisher is willing to do the same. Their teams meet on October 8.

12 responses to “Nick Saban reiterates regret for singling out programs

  1. Sounds like Nick is already opening the book of excuses for why he didn’t win again

  2. He puked all over the podium and several of those he named came back with the truth about the real biz of college sports, recruiting etc. His hands are just as dirty

  3. Maybe the biggest clown in all sports of all time. Anyone can ride coat tails of boosters and bamas history. The nfl showed he’s not a good coach.

  4. Nick Saban regrets stooping down to the level of some of the other coaches. I can’t blame him. He’s on top of the mountain. I’ve seen and heard a lot about Saban, and he’s actually a very honest person. I can’t say that about some of the others involved. Saban doesn’t need my advice, but I would tell him to forget about it. Move on. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Winning at an unprecedented level. Everyone doesn’t love people like Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, LeBron James, or Nick Saban, but jealousy does play a part. And if you have a problem with Saban, why not jump him after he wins another National Championship? Why kick him when you feel like he might be weakened? That says something about you.

  5. Charliecharger calling Nick Saban an honest person says something about BOTH

  6. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    May 31, 2022 at 7:51 pm
    Maybe the biggest clown in all sports of all time. Anyone can ride coat tails of boosters and bamas history. The nfl showed he’s not a good coach.
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    If it’s so easy, why did Alabama only win one title in the 30 years between Bear Bryant’s last title and Saban’s first? Did Alabama’s boosters and history go away and then come back?

  7. youcantmakemepickausername says:
    May 31, 2022 at 8:50 pm
    Jimmypinthe416 says:
    May 31, 2022 at 7:51 pm
    Maybe the biggest clown in all sports of all time. Anyone can ride coat tails of boosters and bamas history. The nfl showed he’s not a good coach.
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    If it’s so easy, why did Alabama only win one title in the 30 years between Bear Bryant’s last title and Saban’s first? Did Alabama’s boosters and history go away and then come back?

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    What’s his nfl coachin record again where the playing field is way more balanced?

  8. Does anyone except Alabama fans think Nick Saban is clean? He was mediocre at Michigan State, and then really only had one exceptional season at LSU. Then he gets to Alabama, a team that had been like Nebraska is now, and after going 7-6 his first year then goes 12-2 and only loses 3 games in a season once after that. No one will convince me you do a 1 year rebuild at that program (then mired in a decades long funk) without paying recruits.

  9. The NIL paste is out of the tube and it’s not going back. The so-called rules are unenforceable. The NCAA is toothless.

  10. Didn’t this dude quit on Miami? He’s a great college coach who always gets the best players. That doesn’t happen in this league. Anyway, good luck coach.

  11. The only times Saban has faced a level playing field he’s failed miserably. He’s a recruiter … not a coach. He’s not a great football mind. He’s not a leader of men. He’s simply the guy with the gun at the knife fight.

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