Sep 3, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies helmet on the sideline during the second half against the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 LB Anthony Hill decommits from Texas A&M

Five-star linebacker Anthony Hill decommitted from Texas A&M, On3 reported Monday.

He is listed as the No. 1 linebacker and the No. 17 overall prospect by the 247Sports composite. Hill is expected to take his time selecting a new program and not commit until signing day.

Hill, from Ryan High School in Denton, Texas, committed to coach Jimbo Fisher’s program in July.

He previously has visited Alabama, Oklahoma, Southern California and Texas.

“First, I would to thank Texas A&M, (linebackers) coach (Tyler) Santucci and staff for recruiting and developing a personal relationship with me and my family,” Hill told On3. “Thank you to the Texas A&M fans who have been a great support throughout my recruitment. After further difficult discussions with my family, I will be decommitting from Texas A&M and opening up my recruitment.”

This loss of Hill is another blow to Texas A&M, which entered the season with the No. 1 recruiting class in 2022 and high expectations. The Aggies, the preseason No. 6 team, have lost five straight games to fall to 3-6.

Hill was in College Station, Texas, on Saturday when Texas A&M lost to Florida, 41-24.

The Aggies’ 2023 recruiting class now consists of just 11 players and is ranked No. 23 overall and eighth in the Southeastern Conference.

–Field Level Media

Sep 3, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Chris Marshall (10) is tackled by Sam Houston State Bearkats defensive back Isaiah Downes (4) during the second half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Texas A&M suspends 3 freshmen indefinitely

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher has suspended three freshmen, including cornerback Denver Harris and wideout Chris Marshall, over a locker room incident at South Carolina last week, TexAgs and The Athletic reported Tuesday.

The suspensions, which also include offensive lineman PJ Williams, are indefinite, per the reports. Williams has not appeared in a game since the season opener.

Harris and Marshall were also part of a group of four freshmen suspended in September for a violation of team rules. They all missed the Miami game.

Harris has 14 tackles and three passes defensed in five games. He was a 5-star prospect and the 23rd best player in the Class of 2022, per the 247Sports composite.

Marshall has 11 receptions for 108 yards in three games (two starts). He was also a 5-star recruit in Fisher’s stellar 2022 class.

Texas A&M (3-4, 1-3 SEC) hosts No. 15 Ole Miss (7-1, 3-1) on Saturday. The Aggies lost to the Gamecocks 30-24 last week, marking their third straight loss.

–Field Level Media

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher blasted Alabama's Nick Saban earlier this week.

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Report: A&M asked SEC to consider suspending Nick Saban

Texas A&M beseeched the SEC to consider fining and suspending Alabama coach Nick Saban for publicly stating that the Aggies “bought every player” through NIL deals, On3 reported Monday.

The website says it obtained communications between Texas A&M and the SEC on May 19 through an open records request. Texas A&M sent an email and had multiple phone conversations with SEC commissioner Greg Sankey the morning after Saban’s infamous comments, On3 reported.

“We expect the league to take strong, public action against Coach Saban and the University of Alabama to demonstrate that such unprofessionalism and disrespect for Texas A&M’s student-athletes, coaches, and the university as a whole, will not be tolerated,” read the email sent by A&M athletics director Ross Bjork and co-signed by university president Katherine Banks.

“A public apology from Coach Saban to Coach Fisher, Aggie Football, and Texas A&M University is a good starting point, but the league should also consider monetary and participation penalties against Coach Saban,” the email stated, per On3.

Sankey was working on a reprimand of Saban but added A&M coach Jimbo Fisher to it after the latter’s press conference, when he said “somebody should have slapped” Saban, among other jabs.

Saban’s incendiary comments came May 18 during an event with more than 100 business leaders in Birmingham, Ala. Saban made the initial comments to point out that the wild-west nature of NIL deals for players is not sustainable. And he took aim at Texas A&M’s recruiting class, ranked No. 1 in the country.

“I know the consequence is going to be difficult for the people who are spending tons of money to get players,” Saban said. “We were second in recruiting last year. A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness.

Saban has since apologized multiple times for singling out A&M — as well as Jackson State and Miami — during his speech.

–Field Level Media

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher andAlabama head coach Nick Saban chat at midfield before the Alabama vs. Texas A&M game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday September 22, 2018.


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Nick Saban reiterates he regrets naming names in NIL flap

Alabama coach Nick Saban again tried to defuse a dustup of his own creation with Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, saying Tuesday at the SEC spring meetings that, “I didn’t really say anybody did anything wrong,” and that he has “no problem” with Fisher.

Saban again said that he regrets naming specific institutions two weeks ago at a fundraising event when he used Texas A&M and Jackson State as examples of how NIL money is being used improperly in recruiting. That sparked a response from Fisher in which he denied the accusations and lambasted Saban.

Talking to reporters on the opening day of SEC spring meetings, Saban said, “You know, I didn’t really say anybody did anything wrong.” Saban was interrupted by a reporter who said: “You said they bought their recruiting class.”

“I didn’t say anybody did anything wrong,” Saban repeated. “I said everything I’m going to say about this. … I should have never mentioned individual institutions.”

Saban said he supports players’ access to NIL income but suggested the lack of enforceable national rules creates an untenable situation.

“Some kind of uniform name, image and likeness stand that supports equitable national competition is really, really important for college football,” Saban said. “And we’ve always had that with scholarships, Alston money or whatever that might be. So that’s kind of point one.

“Point two is we need some kind of transparency in name, imagine and likeness deals to verify that players are doing what they need to do to have the opportunity to make in name, image and likeness. Believe me, I’m all for players making as much as they can. But I also think that we’ve got to have some uniform, transparent way to do that.”

Four other SEC head coaches wouldn’t touch the subject of the simmering feud, which has been the talk of college football since Saban’s May 18 comments and the response from Fisher, who was a Saban assistant for five years at LSU.

Fisher, who has refused to accept calls from Saban, was not scheduled to speak Tuesday but a Texas A&M representative said he might speak later in the week.

–Field Level Media

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher, left, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban meet at midfield after their game in College Station, Texas, in 2019.

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Jimbo Fisher: Just 1 early signee at Texas A&M has NIL deal

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher continued to deny that his program’s incoming players were “bought” via name, image and likeness deals.

Fisher said in an interview with a San Antonio TV station that most of the Aggies’ 11 early enrollees do not have an NIL deal in place, pushing back on the notion initially espoused by Alabama coach Nick Saban that Fisher “bought every player” on his team.

“I just researched this,” Fisher said in the KSAT interview, which was recorded last Friday and aired Sunday night. “Of the 11 guys we have in place that came early? One guy has an NIL deal. So all these stories you’re hearing are complete lies.”

Saban set off a firestorm when he told business leaders at an event in Birmingham, Ala., that without regulations for NIL, coaches at competing programs would be able to “buy” any player, likening it to free agency without a salary cap.

“A&M bought every player on their team — made a deal for name, image, likeness. We didn’t buy one player, all right?” Saban said. He later apologized for singling out Texas A&M and other programs.

Fisher responded last Thursday, defending his program and calling Saban a “narcissist.”

“Some people think they’re God,” Fisher said. “Go dig into how God did his deal, you may find out about a lot of things that you don’t want to know. We build (Saban) up to be the czar of college football. Go dig into his past.

“I just know that what we did was nothing wrong. Not done the wrong way. Nothing was promised. Nothing was a deal. And we didn’t buy any players,” Fisher added. “You can call me anything you want to call me, you don’t call me a cheat. I don’t cheat. I don’t lie.”

Fisher also told KSAT that he did not plan to talk with Saban about his remarks, which he initially made clear at his press conference Thursday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 16, 2021; Columbia, Missouri, USA; A detailed view of Texas A&M Aggies helmets during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M signs 5-star Shemar Stewart, seals historic class

Five-star defensive lineman Shemar Stewart signed with Texas A&M Wednesday on National Signing Day, giving the Aggies the highest-ranked recruiting class ever, per the 247Sports composite.

He is the seventh five-star signee for Texas A&M in this recruiting cycle for coach Jimbo Fisher. Four of them are from Texas.

Stewart, from Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami, was ranked as the No. 10 overall prospect in the country and the No. 3 defensive lineman in the Class of 2022, per the composite.

The 6-foot-6, 272-pound Stewart chose Texas A&M over Georgia and Miami.

“The bond that we built over the recruiting process,” Stewart told ESPN about why he picked the Aggies. “The foundation we built and the relationships that I’ve made with the coaches is what put them over the top.”

The ranking of recruiting classes is based on points, and Stewart’s inclusion gives the Aggies’ class the most points ever, besting Alabama’s 2021 class. The Crimson Tide overtook Florida’s 2010 class a year ago.

In all, Texas A&M has 28 signees, including 18 ranked as four-star recruits by the 247Sports composite.

The other five-stars in the group are wide receivers Evan Stewart (Frisco, Texas) and Chris Marshall (Missouri City, Texas); defensive linemen Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy (Lakeland, Fla.) and Walter Nolen (Powell, Tenn.); quarterback Conner Weigman (Cypress, Texas); and cornerback Denver Harris (Houston).

–Field Level Media

Jul 21, 2021; Hoover, Alabama, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher speaks to the media during SEC Media Days at Hyatt Regency Birmingham. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Texas A&M gives Jimbo Fisher raise, extension

Ahead of his fourth season as head coach at Texas A&M, Jimbo Fisher received a raise and a contract extension Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle and ESPN reported.

Not yet halfway into the 10-year, $75 million contract he landed in December 2017 while leaving Florida State for Texas A&M, Fisher reportedly had another three years added to his pact. His salary reportedly jumps to around $9 million annually, and he will be under contract through 2030.

Fisher, 55, owns a 26-10 record with the Aggies, who won bowl games in each of his three seasons.

The Aggies, ranked sixth in the AP preseason poll, are coming off a 9-1 season capped by a 41-27 win over North Carolina in the Orange Bowl. Texas A&M finished with a No. 4 rating last year, though they didn’t make the College Football Playoff.

Even before the new raise and extension, Fisher was ranked fifth last November in USA Today’s annual listing of the top-paid college football coaches at $7.5 million per year. He trailed only Alabama’s Nick Saban ($9.3 million), LSU’s Ed Orgeron ($8.9 million), Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ($8.3 million) and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh ($8 million).

Texas A&M opens the season Saturday against visiting Kent State.

–Field Level Media