Texas A&M Baseball’s Jim Schlossnagle comments on Jimbo Fisher’s photo in Aggies Dugout

The feud between Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher has transcended the baseball field. During Friday night’s SEC Tournament game between Alabama and Texas A&M, the Aggies posted a photo of Jimbo Fisher with the words “Our Coach!” Play them!” written on it in his locker room.

It came after Saban and Fisher traded barbs last week regarding Texas A&M dealings with name, image and likeness agreements. The trade began on May 18 when Saban said Texas A&M was buying players through NIL deals. Less than 24 hours later, Fisher responded with an impromptu press conference where he called Saban’s remarks “despicable.” Friday night’s antics didn’t create as much drama.

“It’s really just to keep the guys free,” Texas A&M baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle said of the dugout photo of Fisher. “If we need motivation to win an SEC tournament, then there’s something wrong. It was just something funny, the guys were laughing about it. I didn’t mean to disrespect Alabama or to Coach Saban. I respect them a lot. It was just a fun thing to do.

Whether the photo played a part in the Aggies loosening, Texas A&M was able to rally after five runs to beat Alabama 12-8 on Friday night. After the game, Texas A&M third baseman Trevor Werner said he didn’t really notice the shot until the middle of the game. However, he does not dispute the results.

“I don’t know what round it was, but I kind of looked up at the wall and he said gig ’em and Coach Fisher up there,” Werner said. “Rough start, but if something happens to lighten the mood and that’s it, so be it. Maybe we’ll continue like this.”

Aggies shortstop Kole Kaler supports that notion.

“Keep it up there,” he said.

Fisher couldn’t get to Hoover for the win, but sent his congratulations to Schlossnagle via text message after the game.

“Congratulations, great win,” Fisher said in the text, according to Schlossnagle. “Fun team to watch.”

While Schlossnagle said his team isn’t trying to start anything by posting the photo, he said situations like this are what make the SEC the best conference in the nation.

“Whether it’s petty or not, I’ll let these guys decide,” Schlossnagle said. “But for us, that’s part of being in this league, it’s the rivalries. It’s exiting. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen in other conferences, it just doesn’t happen as much.

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