Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher among top 10 college football coaching rivalries

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College football: Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh in biggest coaching spats

Joining the Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher spat, these pairings represent the most venomous off-field rivalries in the history of college football coaching.

The dormant rivalry between Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher erupted in the public eye last month, with Fisher calling his former boss “despicable” after Saban raised concerns over how opaque guidelines related to name, image and likeness have helped Texas A&M and others change the national recruiting landscape.

It’s not uncommon for two coaches to be linked by a rivalry between programs yet remain friendly off the field — one example is Arkansas coach Frank Broyles and Texas coach Darrell Royal, who had 19 heated meetings in the Southwest Conference but whose families vacationed together during the offseason.

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