ESPN's Chris Fowler, Paul Finebaum criticize Jimbo Fisher's personal attacks of Nick Saban

ESPN college football broadcaster Chris Fowler appeared as a guest on Thursday's "Paul Finebaum Show" with host Paul Finebaum.
Fowler spoke at length on the topic of the day -- the back-and-forth between Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher that had transpired over the past 24 hours.
Fisher held a press conference Thursday morning in which he made personal attacks on Saban, and Fowler didn't like it.
Finebaum asked Fowler, "There was no misunderstanding about Jimbo Fisher today. I'm particularly interested in how you view his very personal take on Nick Saban, his character and really most of his career."
"Yeah, inappropriate," Fowler said. “He went off course there. I mean Jimbo is right when he says he doesn't cheat. You just play the system. If you claim to have no knowledge of what a collective is - everyone knows what a collective is. That was the unintended consequence that would always happen when you have NIL... I understand Jimbo got upset when it was implied that he was cheating, but he bought the players. He bought them as part of the system. And he hit back — Jimbo's a resolute guy."
Fowler then explained that he interviewed Fisher on a number of occasions, most of those occasions occurring during his tenure as Florida State football head coach. Fisher was the FSU head football coach from 2010 to 2017.
"He's a feisty character," Fowler said, continuing his response. "I wasn't surprised that he hit back. He feels on par with Nick. He's one of the few coaches who probably isn't intimidated and feels free to lash out at him. I don't think he covered himself in glory to be honest."
Finebaum responded by saying Fisher "played to his base."
"I don't want to overinterpret what Jimbo Fisher said, but he really attacked Nick Saban's integrity," Finebaum said. "We both know a lot of assistants who had fun poking around at Nick Saban's hubris, but all of those things are equal. But I felt like we went above and beyond in Jimbo's case today, Chris."
"Yes, we have," Fowler replied. "I really don't get it, other than to say that Jimbo is a feisty character who often gets off track. And whether he would take something back or take it back privately - he wouldn't do it publicly - I know I don't know. But listen, it's not the worst thing in the world to have coaches fighting. It's never been like these guys were supposed to be really good friends. They get in each other's way. They are obstacles to each other's goals and potential success. I have no problem with that, really. let her work it out It's good theatre. If he's crossed the line and wants to go back, OK. If he doesn't, it will be an interesting collision in midfield."
Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher speaks to the media during the school's Pro Day for NFL football scouts and coaches on Tuesday, March. February 22, 2022 in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Justin Rex)
The Alabama and Texas A&M soccer teams are scheduled to meet October 8 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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Fowler has been with ESPN since 1986.
Erik Hall is the Lead Digital Producer for Sports at the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.
This article originally appeared in Tuscaloosa News: ESPN's Chris Fowler criticizes Jimbo Fisher's attacks on Nick Saban
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