Alabama Football: Saban’s savage response to Jimbo’s jeers


Nick Saban is Alabama football’s king on and off the field

For some reason, opposing coaches never seem to learn. Despite never beating Alabama football and Nick Saban, Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher had some words aimed at the reigning national champions.

At a booster event, Fisher said that the Aggies would “beat (Saban’s) *ss” this season when the Tide come to College Station. He went on to praise Alabama football’s success and Nick Saban as a coach, but the damage was already done. Everyone held onto the one quote that went after the greatest coach of all time.

Word naturally got back to Nick Saban. When asked for his response, Saban roasted Jimbo Fisher with two simple words. Saban simply asked Simone Eli, “In golf?”

To be fair, Fisher would have better success on the golf course than on the football field. Saban remains undefeated against former assistants, and he is 4-0 against Jimbo Fisher. Not only is he undefeated, but Alabama football has won all games against Fisher’s teams by at least 17 points.

Further into his comments, Saban shut down the insult by sarcastically saying, “I’m sure there will come a day.”

Alabama will play at Texas A&M on Oct. 9 this season, so fans won’t have to wait too long to see yet another rematch. I’m sure these comments will spring back up during the preparation for that game.

Normally, coaches have to advise players to keep their mouths shut and avoid bulletin board material. Very few teams have talked about beating the Tide and followed it up with a win. In the past, these comments have been met with a motivated performance. Alabama uses the comments as fuel as they practice, and they prove how dominant they are on the field. In this instance, someone should be giving the head coach some advice.

Saban ended his reply by saying that Texas A&M will be a challenge this season, and that’s true. The Aggies return tons of experienced talent on both sides of the ball, and they will play as if this is their year. However, Alabama also returns playmakers on offense and an experienced defense.

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We’ll see in October how this plays out, but Fisher certainly poked the bear with his comments.