Nick Saban reiterates stance on NIL reform as Alabama coach, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher move on from spat

Alabama coach Nick Saban has been one of the loudest voices in the push for name, image and likeness reform even though the ability for student-athletes to profit off of their visibility has only been in existence for 11 months. He has been an advocate for streamlining a process that is heavily governed by individual state laws, that he got into a war of words with Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher earlier this month saying that Texas A&M “bought” its 2022 recruiting class — the best class in 247Sports history. 

Saban was asked about that little dust-up Tuesday at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Florida, and further apologized for mentioning Texas A&M by name.

“I didn’t really say that anybody did anything wrong,” Saban said. “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.”

Fisher followed at the podium on Wednesday and declined to answer any questions about the public altercation with Saban. Fisher said that he and Saban spoke briefly at the beginning of the meeting, but strictly talked business. 

“It’s over with,” said Fisher. “We’re done talking about it. We’re moving onto the future and trying to fix what needs to be done in college football. We have a lot more pressing needs than our argument.”

It’s the second time that Saban has apologized since Fisher’s 10-minute rant in which, among other things, he called Saban a narcissist. 

“We never bought anybody,” Fisher said earlier this month. “No rules were broken, nothing was done wrong. These families, it’s despicable that a reputable head coach can come out and say this when he doesn’t get his way or things don’t go his way. The narcissist in him…


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