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Saban on being called ‘the devil himself’: Terribly disappointing

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Florida OL coach Tim Davis has stirred up a crimson hornet’s nest when he jokingly called Nick Saban ‘the devil himself’ earlier this week at a booster rally.

A more candid, mellow and calm Nick Saban, who admitted he didn’t know much about Tim Davis’ comments or the setting, sounded genuinely upset and hurt over being called ‘the devil himself’ again by another coach, via AL.

“It really is a little terribly disappointing,” he said Thursday in response to comments made by Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis.

“I try to do right by the people that work for me,” he said. “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.

“Twice. On two occasions,” Saban said. “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.
“We’re in a tough business. It’s very competitive. Sometimes you’ve got to demand that people do things that maybe they don’t want to do, but it’s not personal.”

Saban was cordial when responding to Davis’ personality attacks, when the Gator assistant said, “[Muschamp's] like [Saban], only he’s got a personality. He’ll smile at you. He’ll talk to you. You understand?”

“I know it’s not representative of Will Muschamp and the University of Florida and the way they do things,” he said. “I know that, because I’m close enough to Will to know that.”

I wrote yesterday that, up to a certain threshold, coaches should rally their fans and tell them what they want to hear. Evidently Davis crossed that threshold for Saban.

Saban probably took more offense to the comments because Davis was on his staff with the Miami Dolphins for two years and another year at Alabama.

Too bad Florida and Alabama don’t lock horns this year in the regular season.

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