- The Washington Times
Thursday, June 2, 2022

Jimbo Fisher wants to move on.

The Texas A&M football coach said Wednesday that his back-and-forth public feud with Alabama coach Nick Saban is “over with.”

“It’s over with,” Fisher said at the SEC spring meetings. “We’re done talking about it. We’re moving on to try to fix the problems of what we have in college football. There are a lot more pressing needs than our arguments.”

Fisher said that he and Saban squashed their beef prior to the spring meetings, almost two weeks after their spat began. Saban on Tuesday told reporters that he has “no problem with Jimbo at all,” adding that he shouldn’t have singled out Texas A&M during his rant about name, image and likeness rules at a business meeting in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Saban’s comments last month caused an uproar in college football, as well as a scathing rebuke from Fisher. The seven-time national champion complained about the current recruiting landscape and accused SEC foe Texas A&M and Deion Sanders’ Jackson State of violating NIL rules. 

“I mean, we were second in recruiting last year. A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team — made a deal for name, image, likeness,” Saban said. “We didn’t buy one player, all right? But I don’t know if we’re gonna be able to sustain that in the future because more and more people are doing it. It’s tough.”

The next day, Fisher called an impromptu press conference to condemn Saban, denying his allegations and calling his former boss at LSU a “narcissist.” 

“Some people think they’re God,” Fisher said about Saban. “Go dig into how God did his deal. You may find out about a guy, a lot of things you don’t want to know. We build him up to be this czar of football. Go dig into his past or anybody who’s ever coached with him. You can find out anything you want to find out what he does and how he does it.”

• Jacob Calvin Meyer can be reached at jmeyer@washingtontimes.com.

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