Texas A&M urged SEC to punish Nick Saban after controversial NIL comments directed toward Aggies program

The war of words between Alabama coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher is in the rearview mirror, but the fallout continues. According to records obtained by On3, Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork and school president M. Katherine Banks sent a strongly worded email to SEC commissioner Greg Sankey the morning after Saban accused Texas A&M of “buying” its 2022 recruiting class, urging the conference to consider a suspension and fine for the Alabama coach.

“Coach Saban’s statement is false, beneath the dignity of the SEC, and corrosive to the fabric of sportsmanship in college football as a whole and especially within the SEC,” the email read. “We expect the league to take strong, public action against Coach Saban and the University of Alabama to demonstrate that such unprofessionalism and disrespect for Texas A&M’s student-athletes, coaches, and the university as a whole, will not be tolerated. A public apology from Coach Saban to Coach Fisher, Aggie Football, and Texas A&M University is a good starting point, but the league should also consider monetary and participation penalties against Coach Saban.”

Banks and Bjork pointed out that Saban’s comments at a Birmingham-area business leaders convention were a direct violation of SEC rules.

“Coach Saban’s statement was a blatant violation of SEC bylaws regarding sportsmanship,” the email read. “More significantly, without citing any facts to support his statement, Coach Saban is accusing every, single player in Texas A&M’s recruiting class and current football team of violating NCAA name, image and likeness (NIL) guidelines and Texas state law.”

Author: Lucy Green