Alabama’s Nick Saban blasted Texas A&M and Jackson State for allegedly ‘buying’ football recruits with improper name, image and likeness deals, prompting sharp rebukes from those programs’ respective head coaches, Jimbo Fisher and Deion Sanders.
A&M’s Fisher, a former Saban assistant coach, called his former boss a ‘narcissist’ while JSU’s Sanders, the legendary former NFL cornerback, dismissed the claims as ‘lies.’
Saban called out Texas A&M on Wednesday night for ‘buying’ players in its top-ranked recruiting class, saying his Crimson Tide football players earned more than $3 million last year ‘the right way.’
‘I know the consequence is going to be difficult for the people who are spending tons of money to get players,’ Saban said while speaking at an event in Birmingham, Alabama, to promote the World Games being held there in July.
‘You read about it, you know who they are,’ Saban continued. ‘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 and likeness. We didn’t buy one player. But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future, because more and more people are doing it. It’s tough.’
Saban specifically blamed collectives, marketing agencies tied to schools’ alumni who pool resources into NIL deals for recruits that are contingent on those athletes enrolling at those universities.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Alex Raskin | Associated Press