Alabama Coach Nick Saban responded to comments from other coaches who have compared him to Satan. The response came while Saban was talking to the media before a promotional tour stop at Turner Field in Atlanta, according to reports on Thursday. Saban said that if someone has a problem with him, he would hope it would be addressed, so the issue could be resolved.
"I try to do right by the people that work for me," Saban said, according to AL.com. "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 Thursday. "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," he told AL.com. "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."
He’s been compared to God’s fallen angel a couple of times, most recently by Tim Davis, the Gators' offensive line coach. Davis said Saban was “the devil” when likening him to Florida coach Will Muschamp during a booster club meeting Tuesday, ESPN.com reported. Davis and Muschamp were both assistants under Saban with the NFL's Miami Dolphins. He was trying to compliment Muschamp, when Davis equated the Gators' offensive approach to Saban.
"I've always wanted to work with Will [Muschamp]," 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." Vanderbilt coach James Franklin made similar comments about the Alabama coach less than four months ago, calling him "Nicky Satan" during a high school sports banquet. Franklin quickly apologized, saying it was meant in jest.