It looks like Nick Saban was correct in what he said about Texas A&M.
A video has surfaced of a Texas A&M staff member telling recruits about the money they would receive from suite owners at Kyle Field, referring to booster money.
“Y’all getting a lot of money from the people behind these suites if you decide to come play here.”
If you’re not aware, the NCAA passed legislation in May that banned boosters from directly being involved in recruiting.
Also in May, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban fired shots at Texas A&M saying that the Aggies bought their No. 1 overall recruiting class with NIL (Name, image, and likeness) money.
“We were second in recruiting last year, A&M was first,” Saban said. “A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image, and likeness. We didn’t buy one player. I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future because more and more people are doing it.”
Jimbo Fisher went scorched earth on Saban and his comments.
The SEC reprimanded both coaches. Saban apologized publicly on Sirius XM radio.
“…I really didn’t mean to single anybody out. I apologize for that. But you know, it’s the whole system, and is this a sustainable system? And is it really good for college football, I think name, image, and likeness is good for college football., I think my role, our role is to have a program that creates value for guys’ future, so they focus on getting an education, become better people, being a good person, learning habits that are gonna help, be successful, and see if they can develop a career as a football player.”
It seems like Saban’s original comments may not be false after all.