Nick Saban is the best coach in college football, so that means he has his share of detractors. People really can’t get on him for his accomplishments (though Steve Spurrier once tried), so they often resort to dissecting the Alabama coach’s personality.
In January, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin apologized after it got out that he called Saban “Nicky Satan.” An apology may be coming from Florida assistant coach Tim Davis, who upped the ante by reportedly calling Saban “the devil himself.”
Davis, who coaches the Gators offensive line, was speaking to the Space Coast Gator Club when he made the remarks, according to Gaitor Bait.
“Will [Muschamp] and I go back to the Miami Dolphins,” Davis said, per 247 Sports. “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.”
Davis was talking about coaching at the Dolphins when Saban was the team’s head coach. Will Muschamp, now the head coach of the Gators, was an assistant under Saban at LSU and Miami before going to Auburn, Texas, and then Florida. Davis continued to compare the two.
“[Muschamp's] like the other guy, only he’s got a personality,” Davis said, per Gator Bait. “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.”
One thing many of these trash-talking comments seem to have in common is that they’re made in booster club-type settings. That’s what happened with Brady Hoke this week. These guys are trying to fire up their fans and they get carried away sometimes.
All I know is that you can now safely add Florida to the list of Vanderbilt and South Carolina when it comes to teams Saban will want to hand it to. What do all three have in common? They’re in the SEC East, of course.
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