The Yankees may embrace their Evil Empire nickname, but Nick Saban is not enjoying being called “the devil himself.”
Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis whipped out that phrasing at a recent booster meeting, the second time that an SEC-affiliated coach has compared Saban to Lucifer himself.
Saban responded Thursday.
“It really is a little terribly disappointing,” he said, according to AL.com. “… 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.”
While James Franklin, the Vanderbilt coach who called Saban “Nicky Satan,” hasn’t worked under Saban, Davis and the boss he was complimenting, coach Will Muschamp, have.
“I know it’s not representative of Will Muschamp and the University of Florida and the way they do things,” Saban said. “I know that, because I’m close enough to Will to know that.”
Perhaps the devil is in the details.