Paul Finebaum rips Texas A&M officials for asking SEC to suspend, fine Nick Saban
Paul Finebaum has been covering the spat between Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher since it started, including the fallout at SEC spring meetings recently.
On Monday, it was reported that Texas A&M officials asked for Saban to be fined and suspended by the SEC after his comments about Fisher and the Aggies buying recruits in their 2022 class.
Finebaum joined “McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning” on WJOX on Tuesday to discuss his reaction to the Aggies’ request:
The @SECNetwork's very own Paul @Finebaum joined the guys on @MacandCube to offer his response to Texas A&M officials asking SEC commissioner Greg Sankey to punish Nick Saban for his comments regarding the Aggies' football program. pic.twitter.com/FtI6RAqSpJ
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“It’s extremely disappointing if you’re a believer in the SEC, where you have 14 schools (about to be 16) and everyone tries to work together and air grievances in a gentlemanly way as opposed to schoolyard running to the principal and telling on your classmate,” Finebaum said. “But I will say this, and you guys are welcome to disagree, but those who know (Texas A&M AD) Ross Bjork are not surprised. This is how he operates. He’s a grievance-oriented administrator. If he heard something on this program he didn’t like, instead of calling you guys … he would go over your head and try to find the highest authority that he could make a formal complaint to. That’s apparently what he did here.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with picking up the phone and calling Greg Sankey and saying, ‘Commissioner, what do you advise here? What do you suggest?’ Instead, (Bjork) enlists the president of the university to go along with him, which I’m sure was nothing more than a digital signature, and writes this absolutely laughable letter to the commissioner of the SEC. I’ll try to say this with a straight face … trying to get Nick Saban suspended or fined for expressing a thought that many others have expressed in various forms — I don’t really know how to describe it other than petty, petulant and unprofessional. What was even more remarkable is that Greg Sankey tried to head this off. He called Jimbo Fisher on the morning of Jimbo Fisher’s rant and warned him, and he did it anyway.”
The bad blood between the Aggies and Crimson Tide continues. It should be an interesting matchup in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, Oct. 8.