Jimbo Fisher photo taped in Texas A&M dugout at SEC Tournament game vs Alabama baseball

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HOOVER — Nick Saban vs. Jimbo Fisher has reached the SEC baseball tournament.

In the first matchup between the two schools since the back-and-forth between the coaches last week, Texas A&M displayed a photo of Fisher with "our coach" written on it in the dugout.

Aggies coach Jim Schlossnagle said it was posted to the wall in fun and not mean to be disrespectful to Alabama or Saban.

"Whether it's mean-hearted or not, I'll let those guys decide," Schlossnagle said. "For us, that's part of being in the league, man, is the rivalries."

2-seed Texas A&M defeated 11-seed Alabama 12-8 on Friday at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

A photo of Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher hangs in the Aggies dugout as they take on Alabama Crimson Tide during the SEC baseball tournament at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala., on Friday, May 27, 2022.
A photo of Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher hangs in the Aggies dugout as they take on Alabama Crimson Tide during the SEC baseball tournament at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala., on Friday, May 27, 2022.

Schlossnagle said he got a text from Fisher postgame, congratulating him.

"Gritty win," Fisher said, per Schlossnagle. "Fun team to watch."

On Wednesday, May 18, Saban said the Aggies bought their entire recruiting class at an event in Birmingham. That started the well-publicized back-and-forth.

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"We were second in recruiting last year," Saban said. "A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness. We didn’t buy one player. But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future because more and more people are doing it."

The next morning, Fisher didn't hold back in a press conference, calling Saban a narcissist and saying he maybe should have been slapped as a child.

"Some people think they're God," Fisher said. "Go dig into how God did his deal. You might find out about a guy, a lot of things you don't want to know. We build him up to be this czar of football. Go dig into his past or anybody who has ever coached with him. You can find out anything you want to know about what he does and how he does it. It's despicable."

That afternoon, Saban apologized on Sirius/XM radio for calling anybody out.

Fisher was later asked in an interview with KSAT-TV in San Antonio whether he would accept Saban's apology.

"I said we're not talking," Fisher said.

Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at nkelly@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly

This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Nick Saban vs Jimbo Fisher extends to SEC Baseball Tournament