Video: James Franklin refers to Nick Saban as “Nicky Satan”, Later apologizes


James Franklin spoke to a high school in Macon, Georgia, as the special guest, and he took a moment to single out Nick Saban, saying, “You know that guy at Alabama Nicky Satan? I’m going to outwork him. That’s our plan every single day”.

Vanderbilt is coming off back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time in history and finished the season ranked for the first time since 1948. There is a reason for optimism in Nashville.

Unfortunately Vandy and Alabama don’t play in 2013.

Updated:  Franklin called Nick Saban to apologize.  We knew it was all in good fun, but Franklin was a man about it via the Tennessean.

“Obviously, tremendous respect for Coach Saban,” Franklin said. “I just got off the phone with him. Tremendous respect for them. I’ve got tremendous respect for what they’ve done. Everybody is chasing them. The guy has won three or four national championships.

“(I was) really talking about the work ethic that he has a reputation for, and that we’re going to outwork them. I made a joke. And in today’s society with all the media and social media and people with tape recorders and things like that, that doesn’t come off that way. I know people have tremendous pride in Alabama, and their fans are fanatical. So I understand. But it was a joke and I didn’t mean to offend anybody.”

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  • Franklin picking on the big dog Saban. Got to admire his enthusiasm for a lesser program. Maybe this wasn’t the best time to punch the bear though…you know that bear that has won three championships in four years.

    • I like how he’s getting involved and making a name for Vandy. But actions speak louder than words. He should wait until Vandy pulls something off before he runs his mouth

  • That is a joke…outwork him…that might be his plan he is not executing it very well. Fortunate for Vandy to not play Bama in 2013. The series is 61-18-4. The last time Vandy won was 1984 and 1969 before that. Good luck Franklin, you will need it..

  • You have a successful season and then want to take a shot at the best coach in college football who is in the middle of an outrageous dynasty? I bet he wouldn’t have said anything if he had to play Alabama this year. Seeing as he was shut out the only time he has played them.

  • One does not simply “outwork” Nick Saban.

  • Big man until it hit the media, huh ??
    I’ve got a water hose if he needs to wash anything off of his Nikes !!!!
    Buncha wannabees…………..