PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas, a former Alabama star and big Crimson Tide football fan, couldn’t help but weigh in on the Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher feud after winning a second Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday.
Thomas, who rallied from a 7-shot deficit in the final round at Southern Hills Country Club to win his second major championship, was asked if he would follow Saban’s 24-hour celebration rule.
« Yeah, I got a 24-hour rule, » Thomas told Sirius XM. « I’m not sure what Jimbo Fisher’s rule is, but I guess he’s gotta win something first before he figures out his rules. »
Saban, whose teams have won six national championships at Alabama, caused a firestorm last week when he told a group of people in Birmingham, Alabama, that Texas A&M « bought every player » in its vaunted 2022 recruiting class. The Aggies signed five five-star prospects in the 2022 ESPN 300, with 20 of them ranked in the top 150.
In a fiery news conference the next day, Fisher denied the accusation and called Saban’s comments « despicable. »
« We never bought anybody, » Fisher said. « No rules are broken. Nothing was done wrong. It’s a shame that you’ve got to sit here and defend 17-year-old kids and families and Texas A&M. Because we do things right. We’re always going to do things right. We’re always going to be here. We’re doing a heck of a job. »
Fisher helped Saban guide LSU to a national championship in 2003, and he won a second one as Florida State’s coach in 2013. His teams have had a 34-14 record at Texas A&M the past four seasons, losing at least four games in all but one.