Jimbo Fisher went scorched earth with Nick Saban. Here are the 6 most damning things he said
When Jimbo Fisher declared his Texas A&M football team would beat Alabama and Nick Saban's butts last summer, his remarks were viewed as bold.
"In golf?" Saban later responded.
What was seen as a spicy exchange then seems bland now.
Saban fired a stick of dynamite across the bow Wednesday night when he said Texas A&M bought all of its players in its top-ranked 2022 recruiting class.
On Thursday, Fisher fired back with his own explosive jabs in a news conference announced that morning.
Here are the most damning things Fisher said about Saban in the news conference in which the gloves flew off, words were not minced and attack after attack rocketed out of Fisher's mouth.
Fisher was quick to jump to name-calling in his opening statement. The moment he labeled Saban, it was clear this presser was going to be scorched earth.
Fisher said it's despicable that Saban would say those things about Texas A&M when he doesn't get his way.
"The narcissist in him doesn't allow those things to happen," Fisher said. "And it's ridiculous, when he's not on top."
'Some people think they're God'
Fisher wasn't afraid to criticize Saban for how he's built his dynasty.
"Some people think they're God," Fisher said. "Go dig into how God did his deal, you may find out about a guy, a lot of things you don't want to know. We built him up to be the Czar of football? Go dig into his past or anybody that's ever coached with him. You can find out anything you want to find out, what he does and how he does it. And it's despicable. It really is."
'Maybe someone should have slapped (Saban)'
Fisher made several references to how he was brought up and the consequences of not doing things the right way as a kid.
"You can call me anything you want to call me," Fisher said. "You ain't calling me a cheat. I don't cheat and I don't lie. Because I learned that when I was a kid, if you did, the old man slapped me up side the head. Maybe someone should have slapped (Saban)."
'Learn how not to do things'
Fisher coached under Saban at LSU from 2000-04, winning one national championship. They haven't worked together since and for good reason. He dismissed the idea Saban was one of his mentors.
"Listen, you coach with people like Bobby Bowden (at Florida State) and learn how to do things," Fisher said. "You coach with other people and learn how not to do things. There's a reason I ain't been back to work for him, with opportunities. Don't want to be associated with it."
Fisher uttered the word seven times.
He introduced the word in second sentence he spoke.
"It's a shame that we have to do this," he said in his first sentence. "It's really despicable."
Fisher also dropped it in his second-to-last answer.
"It's despicable about what it does for the sport," Fisher said.
'He showed you who he is'
If Fisher sends you to voicemail, it's not because he's on the phone with Saban.
The Alabama coach has tried to call Fisher, but Fisher hasn't picked up.
"Not going to," Fisher said. "We're done. He's showed you who he is. He's the greatest ever, huh? When you've got all the advantages? It's easy."
Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly