Spurrier: ‘Saban said something that wasn’t true?’

As the world of college football catches its collective breath in the wake of the Jimbo Fisher-Nick Saban public spat, there’s one Hall of Fame coach who isn’t ready to let go.

“I don’t know why he’s mad at Saban,” former Florida and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier told DawgNation.com. “Did Saban say something that wasn’t true?”

The Fisher-Saban feud was sparked Wednesday night when Saban told a group of local business leaders that “A&M has bought all the players” from its top-ranked 2022 recruiting class with “an agreement for the name, l ‘image, likeness’. Saban went on to say that Alabama was “doing it the right way” and only 25 of its players had NIL opportunities.

On Thursday, that feud erupted when Fisher fired back vehemently, calling the Alabama coach’s remarks “despicable.”

“Some people think they’re God,” Fisher said Thursday. “Go dig how God made his deal. You might find out… a lot of things you don’t want to know. We’re building him to be the czar of football. Go dig into his past, or whoever else. trained with him. You can find out anything you want to know, what he does and how he does it. It’s despicable.

Saban, meanwhile, told ESPN on Thursday that he reached out to Fisher and Jackson State coach Deion Sanders, wanting to apologize for mentioning their specific schools and for any suggestions that they were cheating to get credits. players. But Saban did not back down from his position that paying high school players under the guise of NIL to attend a certain school was bad for college sports.

He reiterated that point on Saturday. Appearing during ESPN’s coverage of the PGA Championship, Saban said “it was not my intention to criticize anyone, I was just trying to make a point about the current state of college football and the ‘college athletics. … I think we have unintended consequences in name, image, likeness and some of the circumstances that we find ourselves in right now.”

The SEC publicly reprimanded both coaches for their comments.

Spurrier, however, said he found no fault with Saban’s original comments.

“I don’t think Saban told any lies in there, so I don’t know what [Fisher] was crazy,” Spurrier told DawgNation. ” Since [Fisher] beat last year, I guess he can talk now. He didn’t beat anyone, but he beat Saban last year. But they haven’t won the division or anything since he’s been there.”

“…Did Saban say something that wasn’t true?”

Spurrier, a six-time SEC champion and seven-time SEC Coach of the Year who won the 1966 Heisman Trophy with the Gators as a player, recently received the Nick Saban Legacy Award, along with the late Eddie Robinson.

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