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.”