Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher has heated interview with San Antonio TV reporter over NIL talk

The Aggies coach said Nick Saban's comments about Texas A&M 'buying' recruits are 'complete lies'

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Texas A&M head football coach Jimbo Fisher speaks as the featured guest during a luncheon meeting of The Touchdown Club, held at the Bayou Event Center Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Houston, TX.
Texas A&M head football coach Jimbo Fisher speaks as the featured guest during a luncheon meeting of The Touchdown Club, held at the Bayou Event Center Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Houston, TX.Michael Wyke/Contributor

A day after Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher called a press conference to rip Nick Saban as a “narcissist” and say “maybe somebody should have slapped” the Alabama coach, Fisher visited San Antonio and got into a heated verbal tussle with KSAT-TV’s Greg Simmons.

Fisher, who was in San Antonio for a speaking engagement, appeared agitated when Simmons continued to press him on Saban’s accusation that Texas A&M “bought every player” in their No. 1 recruiting class.

Texas A&M had 11 of the 30 players in their top-ranked recruiting class enroll early in January. Of those 11 recruits already on campus, Fisher said only one has a deal for his name, image and likeness (NIL). The NCAA has made it legal for players to earn money with NIL deals, but it has caused concern among some coaches that it will allow teams to try and buy recruits.

There was social media chatter - all unverified - that Aggies boosters had raised more than $30 million in NIL money to help entice recruits, which is what set Saban off in his rant last week.

“One guy has an NIL deal. Just one. So, all these stories you’re hearing are complete lies,” Fisher said in an interview that KSAT aired for the first time Sunday night.

"It was written on social media so everybody believes it. You got news channels believing it, big people believing it, and you believed it. You’re news, you’re media. Do you guys not research?,” Fisher asked Simmons.

Someone off camera tried to interrupt the interview a couple times, but both times Fisher said he had it under control, including one time telling someone off camera, “Just let me handle it.”

“I’m asking you, did you do your research? See, you can’t answer,” Fisher tells Simmons. “You just assumed, and that’s the way this world goes now. As soon as it’s written on social media and someone says it, you believe it. So where does that put you guys as reporters?”

Fisher later chuckled when he appeared to momentarily stump the reporter.

"Nobody wants the truth. You want a story and a click and a hit,” Fisher said. “What’s the next question? See, I threw you off your game right now. You’re off your game, you’re out of questions.”