Among the Games of College Football, Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher Continue to Play Chess

Last spring, there was no burgeoning rivalry more relevant than that between Alabama and Texas A&M.

However, the fight was not between the two football programs that took place on the gridiron. Rather, it was a war of words between the head coaches of both teams.

In a corner of the metaphorical ring sat Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban. It was Saban’s remarks at a World Games promotional event that sparked the dispute.

“We were second in recruitment last year,” said Saban. “A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness. We didn’t buy a single player. But I don’t know if we’ll be able to sustain that in the future, because more and more people are doing it.”