Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher tees off on Nick Saban for claiming the program is 'buying' recruits with NIL deals: 'It's funny and insulting'

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Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher is done answering to the critics who claim his program is 'buying' recruits via the new NIL rules. During his press conference on Wednesday for National Signing Day, Fisher lambasted other coaches across the SEC who questioned the role NIL has played in his program's recruiting process.

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After making history with the highest-graded recruiting class of all time according to 247Sports' composite rankings, Fisher used a bulk of his presser to rip his detractors and called the rumors of the school 'paying' players "ridiculous" and "irresponsible as hell."

"To me it's insulting to the players that we recruited that that's why they would come here," Fisher told reporters Wednesday. "You ever been to a game here? You ever come to school here and see the education? You ever talk about the 12th Man and the Aggie network when you're done? There ain't a better university in this country.”

For what it's worth, one user on Twitter pointed out that one of A&M's recruits, Jacoby Matthews, is excited for the NIL money to start rolling.

A large part of the rumors surrounding A&M's recruiting practices centers around their 8-4 record last year and a comment from a Oklahoma fan who made a message board post alleging that the school has a $30 million fund set up to pay Aggie players for NIL purposes.

“There is no $30 million fund. There is no 10 million, there is no five million. This is garbage," Fisher said. "It pisses me off."

Fisher, who came to the program in 2018 after basically leaving Florida State in shambles, made sure to call out other coaches across the conference, specifically Nick Saban for his hypocrisy.

"To have coaches, in our league and across this league to say it…Clown acts, "Irresponsible as hell… And the guys griping about NIL, griping about transfer portal are using it the most and bragging about it the most. That’s the ironic part," Fisher continues. “It’s funny when Nick Saban said his quarterback got an $800,000 deal, it was wonderful,” Fisher said. “Now it ain’t wonderful no more, huh? We ain’t got that. Ours are on record what comes up.”

Prior to Fishers' passionate comments, Saban criticized the role NIL has played in coaches influencing atheltes to come to their school. Unlike Fisher, Saban didn't name any names.

"When we start using name, image and likeness for a kid to come to our school, that's where I draw the line," Saban said at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday. "And now that's actually happening. People are making deals with high school players to go to their school. I hear these crazy people on TV who say now you're doing it above board, we never did it. We never cheated to get a player."

Fisher had even more to say, admitting to the media that he knows what goes on behind closed doors at a lot of programs, claiming that's an 'avenue you don't want him to go down.'

“It’s an absolute joke and it’s insulting to our staff, how hard we work, to how we do things," Fisher said. "I know how some of those guys recruit, too. Go dig into that. I know the history, I know the tradition and I know things. Trust me, you don’t want to go down that avenue."

Fisher concluded his fiery comments by saying 'the ballgame is changing, and it ain't because of NIL, if you don’t like that we’re coming on, get used to it, all right. We ain’t going nowhere."

A lot to digest, but if we are being honest, a lot of top programs were paying kids for coming and while they're in school before the NIL deal it's just it's now with the new name, image, and likeness rules, everything has become transparent and above the table.

This looks like a case of jealousy coming from Saban, Lane Kiffin, and other coaches who are worried about what Texas A&M will be capable of with such a heralded recruiting class coming in next season. In fact, Alabama didn't land a recruit in the top-ten for the first time in years.

A&M plays Alabama next season on Oct, 8th. If that game will be anything like it was last season, which saw the Aggies knocking off Bama on a last second field goal, Fisher's calling out of Saban will add an extra storyline to what should be a must-watch game for college football fans next season.

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