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During a tense exchange with KSAT reporter Greg Simmons, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher criticized accusations that his program relied on money via Name, Image and Likeness deals to lure top recruits, (Nick Saban's comments.). During the interview with, Fisher was asked about Saban’s recent accusations, which Fisher bristled at, saying that only one of the 11 early enrollees from his most recent recruiting class has received an NIL deal...
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“It was written on social media. … So everybody believed it,” Fisher said. “All the people obviously believed it. I went and checked with our compliance people—because we have nothing to do with it—one guy, of the early enrollees.”

When asked about the perception that Texas A&M has access to large amounts of money via NIL funds, Fisher accused the media at large—and Simmons specifically—of failing to do their due diligence.

“When they said we had $35 million in the [NIL fund]—it’s all false,” Fisher said. “It was written on social media so everybody believes it. You’ve got news channels believing it, and you believed it.”

Simmons adds that Saban, apparently, believes it, too, but Fisher pushed back at the longtime reporter.

“Well, he’s not news. You’re news, you’re media. Did you guys not research? I’m asking you, did you do your research? No, see, you can’t answer. So you just assumed,” Fisher said. “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?
Filed Under: SEC Football
Originally published on SECRant.com

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8 5* athletes have never committed to Aggie in the history of there recruiting. Sorry, but something sure lured them and it wasn't championships
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Is using a loophole to make his claim. The collective doesn't issue payments to players until they are on campus a few weeks. So he is saying, "We haven't paid a recruit...yet" He is leaving out the yet part.
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Jimbo giving reporters that rope.....they will hang him.
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I think what he meant to say was... one received a legit NIL deal, the others got paid from our boosters.
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Jimbo exploited a loophole which basically allows them to pay players. He needs to just keep his mouth shut, because he knows that what he has done to get all those players was not the intent of NIL. Until they get rid of university's ability to form a "collective" to pay players and make NIL's only from real companies, it's going to keep happening and only get worse.
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Saban had a guy transfer in during Jan. Got arrested in a Mercedes’ in March. I guess it’s a loaner?
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Fisher needs to be quite cause those reporters are going to look more and more into this if he keeps it up.
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that is one stupid mother fricker
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I’m glad I’m not related to Jimbo. That chip is always on his elfin shoulder.
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