Alabama’s Nick Saban calls “devil” remarks “terribly disappointing” (Video)
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban felt hurt over comments by Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis, who referred to his former boss as “the devil himself.”
“It really is a little terribly disappointing,” Saban said. “I try to do right by the people that work for me. 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.”
Davis worked under Saban for two years as the offensive line coach with the Miami Dolphins. In 2008 he served as the director of player personnel at Alabama.
Davis now works for Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp, who also worked for Saban at LSU and with the Dolphins.
“I’ve always wanted to work with Will,” Davis said at a booster club meeting Tuesday in Melbourne, Fla. “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.”
Saban, who has four national titles to his credit, takes the criticism personally.
“If I’m doing something to offend somebody, I’d certainly like to do whatever I have to do to fix it,” Saban said. “It’s not our intention. It’s not what we try to do. We’re in a tough business. It’s very competitive. Sometimes you’ve got to demand that people do things that maybe they don’t want to do, but it’s not personal.”
Alabama could play Florida in the SEC Championship Game on December 7 — so we’ll see who has the last laugh.