Florida athletic officials apologize to Nick Saban for 'devil himself' comment
Alabama coach Nick Saban said today he received a call from Florida atheltic director Jeremy Foley and head coach Will Muschamp after Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis made derogatory comments about Saban at a booster function earlier this month.
According to Florida Today, Davis, in an obvious attempt to get Gator fans in full football-season mode, told a gathering in Melbourne: "Will's got a plan. "Will coached under the devil himself for seven years. I only did three.''
Davis and Muschamp are both former assistants under Saban, who told a gathering of reporters at the SEC Spring Meetings that he was "disappointed" by the comments, but received an aplogy from UF.
"Will and Jeremy (both called), which I appreciated," Saban said. "And I said right off the bat that this is not a reflection of the University of Florida, Will Muschamp or the program there. And it’s really, that’s as much as needs to get said about it."
It was not the first time Saban had been referenced in such a manner. Last year, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin referred to Saban as "Nicky Satan."
Saban said he's not bothered by the comments, but isn't sure why opposing coaches feel the need to make negative comments - about him or any other coach.
"If we’re in the position of leadership, we should set an example that somebody should want to emulate<" Saban said. "That’s the way I kind of see it. So why do we need to say things like that that’s detrimental to somebody else? If you’re in a position of leadership, you don’t need to do that."