Nick Saban calls up Jimbo Fisher, other college football programs and one golfer misses Phil Mickelson not much

A controversial back-and-forth among the coaching elite of college football and more of our best quotes from across the sports world this week.

“I mean, we were second last year in last year’s recruits. A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team – made a deal for name, image, likeness. We did not buy one player, okay? But I do “I do not know if we can sustain that in the future, because more and more people are doing it. It’s difficult.”

– Alabama Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban, during an event with local business leaders in Birmingham

“Hell, read about it in the newspaper. I mean, Jackson State paid a man $ 1 million last year, who was a really good Division I player to come to school. It was in the newspaper, and they “Nobody did anything about it. I mean, these guys in Miami who’ll be playing basketball there for $ 400,000, it’s in the paper. The guy tells you how he does it.”

– Saban, later at the same event

“I should have been more specific when I said ‘bought’ by saying that you can now buy players by name, image and likeness and never mentioned a specific school and just said about the sport. That’s up to me. But different. if so, I know I have no regrets about what I said Wednesday [at the World Games in Birmingham speaking event],

– Saban, spoke to ESPN on Thursday

“Some people think they’re God. Go to how God did his deal. You can find out … a lot of things you do not want to know. We’re building him up to be the tsar of football. Go dig into his past, or someone who’s ever coached him. You can find anything you want, what he does and how he does it. It’s despicable. “

– Texas A&M Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher, responding to Saban’s original remarks

“Not aiming. We’re ready. He’s the greatest ever, huh? When you have all the benefits, it’s easy … You coach with people like Bobby Bowden and learn how to do things. You coach with other people and learn how not to do things There’s a reason, people, I’m not back and for work [Saban], Does not want to be associated with him. You can call me anything you want to call me. You can not call me a cheat. I do not cheat and I do not lie. That’s what I learned when I was a kid. When you did, your old man hit you on the head. Maybe someone should have beaten him. “

– Fisher, on whether to answer Saban’s call as an excuse for distinguishing Texas A&M

“I’m not even making a million!”

Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders responded to Saban’s comments on Twitter

“You can not do that publicly and call privately. No, no, no. I still love him. I admire him. I respect him. He’s the magna cum laude of college football, and that’s what it’s going to be about.” “He deserved it. But he took left when he should have stayed right. I’m sure he’s on course again. I’m not tripping.”

– Sanders, on Saban, to Andscape

“Can just on Twitter today for the first time – did I miss something?”

– UCF Knights coach Gus Malzahn, on Twitter

“It was a fun evening. Phil was not missed. I think Phil would have been a great distraction if he had been here. The story here this week is the PGA.”

– Dave Stockton, winner of the PGA Championship in 1970 and 1976, on the absence of Phil Mickelson at this year’s annual championship dinner. Mickelson will not defend his PGA Championship victory this week and has not played in a tour event since the end of January following controversial remarks about the relationship between the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia sponsors of the breakaway LIV Golf Invitational Series.

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