Jimbo Fisher: One Texas A&M football early enrollee has NIL deal, stories 'complete lies'

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

The Jimbo Fisher, NIL conversation continues, and it doesn't appear to be stopping anytime soon. 

On Sunday, KSAT-TV in San Antonio released video from a sit-down interview with Fisher, who said only one of their 11 early enrollees has an NIL deal. 

"I just researched this," Fisher said. "Of the 11 guys we have that came early, one guy has an NIL deal." 

"Really?" KSAT's Greg Simmons replied. 

"Yes," Fisher said. 

"Just one?" Simmons said. 

"Just one," Fisher said. "So all these stories you're hearing are complete lies." 

Fisher said he went and checked with compliance about the early enrollee NIL deals.

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This interview follows a heated news  conference Fisher abruptly called the morning after Nick Saban said Texas A&M bought its entire recruiting class. Saban later apologized and said he shouldn't have singled out anyone. 

Simmons asked Fisher whether he would accept Saban's public apology. 

"I said we're not talking," Fisher said. 

When Simmons responded by saying Saban publicly apologized, Fisher said he didn't read it and he doesn't look at social media.

Fisher, however, referenced earlier in the interview how the rumors started on social media with "the BroBible, Sliced Bread deal."

"When they said we have $35 million in the thing, that's all false," Fisher said. "It was written on social media so everybody believes it. You've got news channels believing it. Big people believing it. And you believed it." 

Simmons replied saying Saban believed it, too. 

"He's not news," Fisher said. "You're news. You're media. Do you guys not research?"

Simmons tried to keep the conversation on Saban and Fisher, but Fisher chose to keep it on how reporters are handling the story. 

"So you're defending Nick Saban?" Simmons asked. 

"No," Fisher replied. "I'm just asking you guys out in the media."

This exchange comes after the SEC publicly reprimanded Fisher and Saban last Thursday for violating SEC sportsmanship bylaws. 

Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at nkelly@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly