Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher on offseason war of words with Alabama’s Nick Saban: ‘Time to shut up and play’


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The SEC war of words between Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M head coach and Alabama head coach Nick Saban made headlines this offseason, with two of college football’s hottest coaches firing shots through the arc.

But as August turns into September, the time for talks is over as both teams prepare to make their 2022 regular season debut.

Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Head Coach Jimbo Fisher of the Texas A&M Aggies meet before the game at Kyle Field on October 09, 2021 in College Station, Texas.
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“We’re talented and have established that we can start to pile a lot of good guys into our program,” Fisher told ESPN on Friday. “We still have big challenges this year. We have to prove it. Hey, it’s time to shut up and play, go play. Don’t worry about what people say. Don’t worry about what happens. spent this summer between me and Nick.

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“We feel really good where we are going.”

Alabama is No. 1 again in the preseason with Texas A&M not far behind in the AP preseason poll, landing just outside the top five as the No. 6 ranked team in the nation. The two teams will face off on October 8 in Tuscaloosa in what will be one of the most anticipated games of the college football season.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks during the NCAA College Football Southeastern Conference media days, Tuesday, July 19, 2022, in Atlanta.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban speaks during the NCAA College Football Southeastern Conference media days, Tuesday, July 19, 2022, in Atlanta.
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“It won’t be personal when we face Alabama,” Fisher said. “It’s about the players and the team. It’s never personal to me, whether it’s Nick Saban or my brother or my best friend on the other side. I’m going to compete the same way.”

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But it got personal in the offseason when Saban said Texas A&M “bought every player on his team,” prompting Fisher to hold a press conference where he called Saban – without naming him – a “narcissistic” while urging journalists to dig into his past.

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“We know what that meant,” Fisher told ESPN. “It is what it is and you move on. I don’t hold any hard feelings, but that’s what triggered me because everyone in this business knows what it means.”

Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher speaks to the media during the SEC Football Kickoff Media Days July 21, 2022 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA.

Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher speaks to the media during the SEC Football Kickoff Media Days July 21, 2022 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA.
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Fisher said that while the two head coaches spoke at SEC Spring Meetings but haven’t spoken since, they’re likely both “too busy” to sit down and talk. have a deeper conversation right now.

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“I don’t know,” Fisher said. “Right now we’re probably too busy doing what we’re doing.”

In 2021, Fisher became the first former Saban assistant coach to beat him, bring down then-No. 1 Alabama 41-38 at Kyle Field. The victory over Saban and the exchange of words through the media should make for one hell of a rematch.

“Beating Alabama, a really good Alabama team, shows what we’re capable of,” Fisher said. “It sends a message, but at the same time you can’t just beat Bama and not finish the regular season. It’s something we still have to learn to do, deal with success, deal with failure and keep going. But it shows that we are talented enough to be there and win these games.”


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