When Nick Saban told a group of Alabama boosters that Texas A&M had “bought every player” in their No. 1-ranked recruiting class, it’s unlikely he knew the firestorm those comments would create. The back-and-forth between Saban and Jimbo Fisher put college football on the front page in May as two of the top coaches in the game allowed bad blood to spill into the spotlight.
We’ve already covered Saban’s original comments Wednesday, Fisher’s fiery response Thursday, a follow-up apology from Saban later that day and a public reprimand from SEC commissioner Greg Sankey for both coaches.
But no college football smack talk, particularly in the SEC, is going to be put to bed until we hear from the master of gab himself, former Florida and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.
Spurrier was happy to weigh in on the spat in a conversation with DawgNation, where he questioned why Fisher had gotten so upset with Saban’s original comments, asking, “Did Saban say something that wasn’t true?”
“I don’t think Saban told any lies in there, so I don’t know what [Fisher] was mad about,” Spurrier said this week. “Since [Fisher] beat him last year, I guess he can talk now. He hasn’t beat much of anybody, but he beat Saban last year. But they haven’t won the division or anything since he’s been there.”
That “but they haven’t won the division” is a classic Spurrier dig to cut down a rival, following in the footsteps of how he’d talk about Clemson when he was at South Carolina or any number of rivals (Florida State and Tennessee come to mind) from his time at Florida.
Saban’s apology indicated that he should not have named any names, but the insinuation that Texas A&M is operating outside of the rules is what drew Fisher’s ire. It prompted the Aggies…