Nick Saban doesn’t exactly have the reputation of a lovey-dovey type of guy. Basically, you are not going to win three national championships in a four-year span without stepping on a couple of peoples’ toes.
However, does a passionate commitment to success on the football field — on every single play — make him the devil?
No, well, not literally, of course. However, one of his former assistants, Tim Davis, went ahead and called Saban exactly that during a booster rally in Florida. After working under Saban for two years with the Miami Dolphins and then one at Alabama, Davis moved on to Gainesville to assist under another former Saban disciple and current Gators head coach Will Muschamp.
During a Crimson Caravan stop at Turner Field, Saban did not give the type of stock answer one might expect, but expressed real disappointment over Davis’ words.
“It really is a little terribly disappointing,” Saban said, according to AL.com. “I try to do right by the people that work for me. 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.”
However, Saban did not put any blame on Muschamp. The Florida coach spent years as Saban’s right hand man and defensive coordinator.
“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.”
Watch the full interview with Saban below.