Nick Saban offers half-hearted apologies for stalking Jimbo Fisher and Deion Sanders

A day after he made comments about Jimbo Fisher and Deion Sanders, Alabama head coach Nick Saban apologized.

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has brought a lot of attention to the college football world after making some comments on some college football programs. In his diatribe, Saban accused Texas A&M of buying all of their players to make them the nation’s top recruiting tier last year. That, and he singled out Jackson State, whom he accused of paying a recruit seven figures to enlist in their program.

A day later, Saban apologized for his comments about Texas A&M and Jackson State.

“I never really should have singled out anyone,” Saban said on ESPNU radio show Off Campus, h/t Sports Illustrated. “That was a mistake and I really apologize for that part of it.

“I really didn’t say anyone did anything illegal using NIL. That was somewhat assumed from what I said. It’s not what I meant. There’s nothing illegal about that. It’s the system. That’s the problem I have.”

Nick Saban apologizes for comments about Jimbo Fisher, Deion Sanders

Saban’s comments about the Aggies made for a very newsworthy press conference held by Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher on Thursday morning. He called the Alabama head coach a “narcissist” and his comments “despicable.” Not only that, but he said he should “dig into his past” when speaking of Saban being considered “the czar of football”.

Following Saban and Fisher’s comments, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey made a statementand reprimanded the two for violating the conference charter related to “ethical conduct for derogatory comments and public criticism of another institution’s athletics program.”

Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders also reached out to Saban, claiming Jackson State paid $1 million to secure the signing of top recruit Travis Hunter. The Hall of Famer defense attorney called Saban’s allegations a “lie.”

In conversation with AndScapes Jean-Jacques Taylor, Sanders, said he wanted to speak publicly with Saban after the Alabama head coach said he tried to reach Jackson State head coach privately.

“I haven’t spoken to Coach Saban. I’m sure he tried to call. We need to speak publicly – not privately. What you said was public. This does not require a conversation. Let’s speak publicly and let everyone hear the conversation,” Sanders said of AndScape.

“You can’t do that publicly and call privately. No no no. i still love him I admire him. i respect him He’s college football’s magna cum laude and he’s going to be because he deserves it.

“But he went left when he should have stayed right. I’m sure he’ll get back on track. I don’t stumble.”

Even after the apology, Saban’s comments will be remembered, especially for the rest of the year and especially when Alabama plays Texas A&M on October 8th.

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John Verrall

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