Posted May 16, 2013

Nick Saban: Former assistant Tim Davis calling me ‘devil’ is ‘disappointing’

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Alabama coach Nick Saban said it was "disappointing" that former assistant Tim Davis called him the "devil." (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Alabama coach Nick Saban said it was “disappointing” that former assistant Tim Davis called him the “devil.” (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Thursday night that it was “terribly disappointing” to hear that former assistant coach Tim Davis had referred to Saban as “the devil himself.”

“It really is a little terribly disappointing,” Saban told reporters Thursday night in Atlanta, according to AL.com’s Don Kausler Jr.

“I try to do right by the people that work for me,” he added. “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 coached under Saban at both Alabama and with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. He is now an assistant at Florida under head coach Will Muschamp.

At a booster club meeting in Melbourne, Fla., on Tuesday, Davis made the Prince of Darkness comparison when saying how much he liked working for Muschamp.

“I’ve always wanted to work with Will,” Davis said. “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.”

This isn’t the first time someone has made the comparison. Earlier this year, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin called Saban “Nicky Satan.” Davis’ charge was a little different, Saban said, because they coached together.

“It’s just disappointing. If somebody has a problem with me, I’d appreciate it if they’d tell me. If I’m doing something to offend somebody, I’d certainly like to do whatever I have to do to fix it. It’s not our intention. It’s not what we try to do.”


15 comments
RandyLoyd
RandyLoyd

He calls em as he sees em. Saban and Pete Carroll are both devils incarnate.

Ted3
Ted3

This guy hasn't worked for Saban since 2008. Who cares what his opinion is?

bayoumamma
bayoumamma

It would be one thing if he had shared this opinion among his closest associates but I think the public venue was the wrong place.  I'm a die-hard LSU fan and while I'm not fond of Saban, Davis didn't have to choose to work for him and he is a very good coach.  It didn't hurt his resume to have worked for Saban, either.  He's certainly entitled to think what he wants about a former boss, but public criticism of this magnitude simply was simply wrong. I like coach Miles much better because I think he's a better role model for young men as far as balancing work and family, however, I don't slight Saban's contribution as some do.  Baton Rouge is a great place to coach and go to college, if he doesn't want to be there, who needs him?  LSU will continue to field great teams year after year and be in the thick of things, especially since the quarterback coaching situation has been addressed, and our fans should lay off with the name calling and I wish the media would quit playing this latest incident as well.

crimsonmastodon
crimsonmastodon

Davis must have learned his bad manners from Pete Carroll during his stint at USC. There must be a reason Saban kept him on his staff for ONLY 3 years, 2 with the Dolphins and 1 at BAMA.

 

Pete Carroll, now he's a real satan, spawning lame kitten, son of satan.

mashley278
mashley278

If Saban were a CEO people would laud his commitment and aggressiveness. Yet because he coaches a college football team and only focuses on winning he hurts people's feelings...well call the WAHBULANCE! He's the highest paid coach for a reason, and it's not coddling babies like Davis. Oh um...where are all his former assistants? OH YEAH HEADED TO TOP JOBS. Treating people bad and being demanding are two different things. I demand quite a bit from my employees and some don't like it, but they are always treated fairly.

John81
John81

Of couse it's disappointing; anyone knows, and esp. someone who worked for him, that he is only Lucifer's vessel, not Big D himself, via a 'crossroads' style deal...

 

You would think that a coach, even more someone who was an assistant under the vessel, could get the facts straight.

 

Lucy is too busy signing new talent (he specializes in R & R, some of his agents were first ballot HOFers in the "Lucky Lucy Crossroads HOF" Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin. Mick Jagger has actually received several contract extensions but will surely be a 1st balloter also) to actually coach or perform himself; what do you think the vessels are for, anyway.

Ciscos
Ciscos

As a loyal Trojan, I will never be one to cry for Nick Saban.  Wouldn't shed a tear even after smelling a freshly cut onion on his behalf. Saban just doesn't inspire that type of "Man, I love that guy-ness."  That's just him.  But I will say two things about him.  Actually three.

 

1. He's a great coach that knows what he's doing. 

2. He stays true to his core in terms of his coaching style.

3. Name calling him makes those doing the name calling look like haters.

 

One and two don't need explaining.  As far as number three:  I'll excuse James Franklin for 50% of his comments whose using an "operate from behind" mentality.  I wouldn't have said that in public, but I'm sure that "devil" label has been tossed around quietly among coaches themselves.  However, his assistant calling him that just comes across as stupid and "hateristic."  That's how Franklin earns the other 50%, using it as a joke.  Funny, my mother once told me there's truth in jokes and if that's the case, Franklin gets to wear the hater hat too.

 

Basically the name calling about Saban has gotten old and immature.

BamaBrad
BamaBrad

What has Tim Davis done that compares to what Nick Saban has done for children and his community through Habitat for Humanity and Nick's Kids?

stagger
stagger

I'm sure he's really losing sleep over it.

CTB533
CTB533

I think the whole thing is taken out of context, everyone else is referring to Nick Saban as the devil so Davis used it so everyone knew who he was talking about. I see nothing wrong and no reason for Saban to be upset, if nothing else Saban should take like a compliment. He has earned enough respect from his peers that they like to talk about him alot.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

I wouldn't put much rational stock into what Davis says to a crowd of Gator fans.  He knew what they wanted to hear, and Saban can only ever be The Enemy so long as he's coaching at Florida.

jeffcooper71
jeffcooper71

 @mashley278

If Saban were a CEO people would laud his commitment and aggressiveness.

Not in America today. We celebrate mediocrity and fairness and vilify those that work harder or work smarter than others.

sidmiser
sidmiser

 @CTB533

 Not so fast, 533. Davis meant exactly what he said. Sure, he was talking big and supporting his current boss. That's natural, but when he moves on to another job, he'll be bad-mouthing Muschamp. There are lowlifes like that and he fits the mold.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

 @sidmiser  @CTB533 He definitely said that Muschamp and Saban "have the same DNA" andand when he  remarked how he (Muschamp) did 7 years learning under "Satan himself" could have been read that Muschamp has 7 years experiencing learning from a great coach. I just think this one was taken out of context, but refering to him as "Satan himself" didn't go over the way he wanted