Nick Saban isn’t happy with being called “the devil himself” by a former assistant coach.
The Alabama head coach said that comments from Tim Davis, now the offensive line coach at Florida, were “terribly disappointing.” Speaking to reporters before a promotional tour stop at Turner Field in Atlanta, Saban said he is far from “the devil himself” and tries to treat his assistant coaches with respect.
“I try to do right by the people that work for me,” Saban said, according to AL.com. “It’s a tough, demanding job. And at the same time, if anybody had an issue or problem with me, I would want them to just tell me.”
The allegations against Nick Saban came from Davis as he spoke to a group of Florida boosters. Asked about the difference between working for Saban and Will Muschamp Davis answered:
“I’ve always wanted to work with Will. Will’s got a plan. Will coached under the devil himself for seven years. I only did three. He did seven. And his DNA is not any different than Nick. [Muschamp]‘s like the other guy, only he’s got a personality. He’ll smile at you. He’ll talk to you. You understand? That’s what he’s all about. That’s Will. I’m proud to work for him.”
It’s not clear if David thought his Nick Saban devil comments would be reported outside the booster club, but it seemed odd given the history of the two. Saban had a close relationship with Davis, also bringing him on to the staff of the Miami Dolphins when Saban was head coach.
This wasn’t the first time Saban was referred to as “the devil himself.” Four months ago, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin called him “Nicky Satan” at a high school sports banquet. He later apologized and said he meant it only as a joke.