“I have great respect for him. I always say it. He’s one of the best that has ever done it, ”Saban said on CBS after the loss to Texas A&M. “I learned a lot when I coached him, and we had a lot of good times. “
Saban entered Saturday’s game with a 24-0 record against his charges, including a 4-0 record against Fisher. That streak included three wins over Georgia coach Kirby Smart, two of which were spectacular in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship and the 2018 SEC Championship Game the following season.
Here’s a look at Saban’s all-time assistants against their former boss:
Fisher’s victory was a poetic result in a way. The Aggies coach was adamant he would beat Tide at some point during Saban’s tenure in Tuscaloosa, Ala., When he met the Houston TD Club in May.
“We’re going to beat him up when he’s here,” he said. in audio obtained by the Houston Chronicle.
Saban responded the next day and didn’t seem too worried about Fisher. “Golf” he said with a smirk. “I’m sure a day will come. In football? Is that what he’s talking about? “
It certainly looked like Fisher could deliver on that promise this season when the SEC West second-pick Aggies started in the top 10 of the preseason. However, losses to Arkansas and Mississippi State essentially eliminated the possibility of Texas A&M living up to its preseason. waiting.
These disappointments are distant memories after the overthrow on Saturday.