Texas A&M officials asked Greg Sankey to suspend and fine Nick Saban, per report
Texas A&M officials didn’t waste any time reaching out to SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey following Alabama coach Nick Saban’s comments about the Aggies’ recruiting class and roster.
The morning after Saban alleged Texas A&M’s football program “bought every player on their team,” Texas A&M University President M. Katherine Banks and Director of Athletics Ross Bjork told Sankey the conference should consider suspending and fining Saban for his comments, On3 Sports reported following an open records request.
“We write to express Texas A&M University’s disappointment and outrage at the recent statements made by Alabama University [sic] Head Football Coach Nick Saban that ‘A&M bought every player on their team-made a deal for Name, Image, Likeness,’” Bjork and Banks’ email to Sankey stated.
“Coach Saban’s statement was a blatant violation of SEC bylaws regarding sportsmanship. More significantly, without citing any facts to support his statement, Coach Saban is accusing every, single player in Texas A&M’s recruiting class and current football team of violating NCAA NIL guidelines and Texas state law. “Coach Saban’s statement is false, beneath the dignity of the SEC, and corrosive to the fabric of sportsmanship in college football as a whole and especially within the SEC. We expect the league to take strong, public action against Coach Saban and the University of Alabama to demonstrate that such unprofessionalism and disrespect for Texas A&M’s student-athletes, coaches, and the university as a whole, will not be tolerated. A public apology from Coach Saban to Coach Fisher, Aggie Football, and Texas A&M University is a good starting point, but the league should also consider monetary and participation penalties against Coach Saban.
“Thank you for your concern and prompt attention to this serious matter.”
Sankey traveled from New York City to Birmingham. That morning, Fisher told Sankey on the phone that he intended to hold a press conference, according to Sankey’s email to Bjork that afternoon, and Sankey told Bjork he had “cautioned [that the press conference] should not violate the same sportsmanship policies cited below.”
Of course, Fisher didn’t follow that advice and Sankey soon announced a public reprimand to both coaches.