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Nicky Satan? ‘The devil himself’ says Gator assistant

University of Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Saban stands next to Coaches' Trophy after team beat Notre Dame in NCAA college football 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game in Fort Lauderdale AP

Next up? Apparently, a height-challenged Antichrist, replete with slicked-back hair and pasted-on smile, trotting out a future Alabama recruiting class, all of ‘em holding up Alabama jerseys with the number “666” emblazoned with sacrificial goat’s blood.

For those who don’t recall, Vanderbilt head coach and serial pot-stirrer James Franklin grabbed a few headlines for his Commodores program in late January by referring to Nick Saban as “Nicky Satan” during an appearance at a Georgia high school’s fall sports banquet.  A few months later, another SEC coach has referenced the Prince of Darkness when talking about the four-time BCS-title-winning Tide head coach.

During an appearance in Melbourne — Florida, not Australia — Tuesday night, Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis addressed his former boss Saban.  And by “addressed,” we mean “took the kind of shots coaches take when in the company of boosters/supporters/fans of your football program,” especially when you’re attempting to pump up your current boss.

“[UF head coach] Will [Muschamp] and I go back to the Miami Dolphins,” Davis said, referring to their time with the NFL club under Saban. “I’ve always wanted to work with Will. 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.”

One, that would mean Will Muschamp, Davis’ current boss, shares Lucifer’s DNA.  Two, working under NFL Saban was akin to serving prison time.  Three?  Personality, or lack thereof, is most certainly fair game when boosters/supporters/fans of your football program are in the audience.

“”[Muschamp’s] like the other guy, only he’s got a personality,” the Gator assistant said. “He’ll smile at you. He’ll talk to you. You understand? That’s what he’s all about. That’s Will. I’m proud to work for him.”

Certainly fair points, personality-wise.  Saban may not smile at you, and even if he does it’ll come off as awkward and forced.  He may not even talk to you.

What he will do is win three BCS championships in four years.  He will own four BCS title rings from two different SEC schools.  He will, even with a “lack of a personality,” run laps around you… and you… and you on the recruiting trail.  He will enter the 2013 season a heavy favorite to go back-to-back-to-back.

He would also likely awkwardly smirk at his former assistant’s bravado if/when he hears the comments, then get back to building upon the most dominant program major college football has seen in nearly two decades.

(Tip O’ the Cap: al.com)

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28 Responses to “Nicky Satan? ‘The devil himself’ says Gator assistant”
  1. kiopta1 says: May 15, 2013 9:20 AM

    I have a hard time seeing it as only jealousy when so many teams and coach’s vocal have issues with Saban and the SEC. But hey a new season is right around the corner.

  2. drez146 says: May 15, 2013 9:25 AM

    Don’t hate until you win more than that man

  3. batonrouge12 says: May 15, 2013 9:34 AM

    Jealousy is ugly. This man is one of the greatest coaches in history and his record proves it. If you don’t like seeing him, then quit watching college football because he has and will continue to dominate with his talent.

  4. thegamecocker says: May 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    Ignore the Haters. Beat the Tide on the field than do your talking….anything else is just nonsense. Like Notre Dame and Manti T’eo…..just nonsense.

  5. gatorprof says: May 15, 2013 10:32 AM

    My guess is that he was trying to be funny and that comments were tongue and cheek in front of a fundraiser. The Bama news folks will certainly try to make something of this, but this is much ado about nothing.

    Here is the original story…slightly different take.

    http://florida.247sports.com/Article/Tim-Davis-takes-shot-at-Nick-Saban-130755

    Coaches say stupid stuff all of the time. Bama fans likely got an uncomfortable feeling with Saban’s coona$$ quote.

  6. gatorprof says: May 15, 2013 10:35 AM

    Another thing…from a practical perspective, let your play do the talking on the field. Last time I checked, Bama won the title and UF lost to UGA and didn’t show up for their bowl game.

    Davis needs to keep quiet.

  7. manchestermiracle says: May 15, 2013 10:42 AM

    Wow, trying to energize your fans while taking shots at the enemy. What a radical approach. Anybody really think Saban paid any attention whatsoever to these opinions? As if he needs Taylor to defend him.

  8. 11inthebox says: May 15, 2013 12:20 PM

    Tim Davis is sucking up to a bunch of a—hole boosters by saying really, really petty things.

    But that’s what boosters like to hear. They don’t know crap about football or what it takes to win. They just want to brag about “their” team on Monday morning. By making this kind of statement Davis proves he’s “one of them.”

    I don’t know Davis, maybe he meant what he said. It really is pathetic, though because unless Florida scores fifty points a game and wins at least 11 games every year, all the sucking up in the world won’t matter. Those same a—hole boosters will call for his head.

  9. alligatorsnapper says: May 15, 2013 1:11 PM

    This is continuing drone by other coaches who seem to be jealous of Nick. It will not help their teams and in fact may provide some motivation to Saban to beat their butts when and if their teams meet in the future. Florida will have to meet Alabama, don’t know if Oklahoma or Kansas will become good enough to meet the Tide, but when they do….

    batonrouge12–I think you did make one mistake…your alias should be tuscaloosa12.

  10. brwoodruff says: May 15, 2013 1:48 PM

    It was foolish when Vandy did it and it is much worse for Florida. Basically they are saying that the person to compare themselves to is the guy in Tuscaloosa. That means Alabama is the premier team and we are working on being that good but also nice.

    That does nothing but make Saban’s job easier when he is recruiting.

    Of course as a UA fan I will not cry too much about it.

  11. Deb says: May 15, 2013 6:24 PM

    Your first paragraph was just delicious, JT. Salve for the migraine :)

    As long as you’re the point of comparison (“Muschamp’s got the same DNA as Nick”), the Big Talkers are just taking a roundabout way of saying you’re the best. Nick knows that. As for his charisma, I think he’s a hoot, but wouldn’t care if he never cracked a smile as long as he does his job so well. Bear could be mighty prickly, but as he said, “I ain’t nothin’ but a winner.” Teams don’t hire these guys for their personalities. As a fan, I couldn’t ask for more.

  12. amosalanzostagg says: May 15, 2013 7:40 PM

    IF Saban was Satan, do you really want to miff him off him, so that your star running back has his head start spinning and he starts throwing up split pea soup saying your mother sews socks that smell?

    Will Holy Water be available to throw on Saban to see if he will burn? How about a Roman Catholic priest on the sideline to perform an exorcism before the opposing team takes the field?

    So if Florida or Vanderbilt have a rash of football injuries next fall, did Nick Saban cause it?

    Saban can’t be Satan because God calls him on Friday nights because God does what Bear Bryant tells him to because God doesn’t want to incur the wrath of Bear.

  13. amosalanzostagg says: May 15, 2013 7:56 PM

    Why do you think Deer Antler spray was used at Alabama? It is used when the sacrifice the goat.

    Roll Tide.

  14. amosalanzostagg says: May 15, 2013 7:59 PM

    Why do you think the NCAA won’t investigate Alabama? You think the NCAA wants to investigate Satan? Think real hard, would you want to have an unforeseen accident on the way home?

  15. amosalanzostagg says: May 15, 2013 8:00 PM

    Do you think Notre Dame ever had a chance against the Prince of Darkness? That explains Te’o’s play in the national championship game.

  16. amosalanzostagg says: May 15, 2013 9:31 PM

    Lighten up people it’s humor

  17. pwt3 says: May 15, 2013 9:55 PM

    People who think this is jealousy and isn’t because of something wrong with Saban need to know that people were saying these things back when we was failing with the Dolphins, too. And – nobody was jealous of him then.

    “What he will do is win three BCS championships in four years.”

    What will he do when he doesn’t have bought and paid for players? What will he do when he doesn’t have that team full of bought and paid for stars on a steroid regimen? I’ve seen what he’ll do then – I watched him when he coached Michigan State. I watched him when he coached the Dolphins. He’s very average when he loses his huge unfair advantages.

    This is why I have to laugh when people say Saban is so great, especially compared to someone like Urban Meyer. You know how I know Meyer’s the real deal? He’s won EVERYWHERE. He won at Bowling Green. He won at Utah. He’s won in four places – all four places he’s been, and the first two were tiny loser programs. Same goes for a guy like Brian Kelly. But Saban? Saban gets a Big 10 program with a rich history of winning, or at least of competitiveness, and he sucks. Saban then gets an NFL team, and sucks. He’s a fraud. He’s dominant at Alabama and LSU? Great. Good for him. I think there are a lot of coaches who could win big at today’s LSU and Alabama. Hell, look at what Les Miles, a moron, is doing at LSU.

  18. cranespy says: May 15, 2013 10:34 PM

    This illustrates the gulf between the two programs….while Tim is speech writing…..practicing his delivery in front of a full length mirror…..checking the audience to see who all is in attendance……and finally delivering his remarks to a rabid fan base……Nick is scheming on ways to shut down every team the Tide will face in the Fall…..Will’s boys WIN on the lettuce circuit…..Nick wins National Titles! Atta boy…..Nick win 3 more in the next 4-5 years then walk back to the NFL and become the next great coach of the Patriots!

  19. pwt3 says: May 16, 2013 3:09 AM

    I see my previous comment, which dared to compare Nick Saban unfavorably to coaches Kelly and Meyer based on the entirety of their respective careers, has been almost unanimously voted down. Saban is a sacred cow, apparently.

    A simple question then for the voter-downers – would Urban Meyer or Brian Kelly have done better or worse than 34-24-1 in 5 years coaching Michigan State? Would they have have had only one season in 5, at Michigan State, in which their team won more than 7 games?

    Answer that honestly. Then after answering it honestly (by saying that Meyer would’ve posted nothing but 10-win seasons, and Kelly would’ve made them a force by year 3), please explain why SuperGod Saban was unable to do that. Why did he fail at Michigan State? This was not as a kid, either. He was in his mid-40s when he started there and about 50 when he left. At the same age, Kelly was working magic at a far more disadvantaged program, and Meyer was dominating at Florida (and now at Ohio State). Meyer and Kelly each both were doing amazing things many years before that age. So don’t tell me Saban “learned how to coach”, magically, after age 50. Nobody does that.

    What happened for him? What clicked? The SEC. Two programs with boosters desperate to get them back in the big time. What does that mean? Recruiting “advantages”. Steroids. Ignoring crime, violations of team rules, etc. Grey-shirting. Running off players who don’t measure up. And on and on.

    Bury your heads in the sand all you like. Point to results all you like. But don’t be an idiot. The guy is not a great coach. He wasn’t a great coach in 1999, and he’s not one now.

  20. packerbadger says: May 16, 2013 10:21 AM

    Saban didn’t do near as well at Michigan State because his players there actually had to go to school and get an education. Big 10 players will do far better in life than the SECheaters will…..and thats far more important than how many bowl games you win.

  21. irishdodger says: May 16, 2013 11:41 AM

    Ignore the Haters. Beat the Tide on the field than do your talking….anything else is just nonsense. Like South Carolina winning an SEC championship…..just nonsense.

  22. pwt3 says: May 16, 2013 2:28 PM

    “Beat the Tide on the field than do your talking….anything else is just nonsense.”

    What idiocy from what I can only assume is a subway alum.

    I guess you’d have said the same about Barry Bonds too.

    The point, dimwit, is that it’s almost impossible to beat them on the field by virtue of how much they’re cheating. The NCAA is doing nothing to police it. It’s not nonsense to say someone is cheating when someone is cheating.

  23. pwt3 says: May 16, 2013 2:31 PM

    Also, for those idiots who will again claim this is only sour grapes and jealousy, Auburn and Ole Miss, neither of which anyone is jealous of, are also horrible, horrible cheaters. Probably most of the SEC is, but definitely Bama, LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss. These schools are playing by no rules, and everyone else is playing by a lot of rules.

  24. Deb says: May 16, 2013 5:04 PM

    @pwt3 …

    Don’t most people self-stimulate in private? Your public display is becoming a little embarrassing to watch.

  25. chrisbradley9 says: May 17, 2013 1:24 AM

    I wouldn’t publicly call Nick Saban names, especially if your a coach in the same conference.

  26. taintedlombardis says: May 17, 2013 11:37 PM

    Why did Saban not succeed at Mich State? Oh…the boosters…and the local press wasn’t complicit…

  27. txnative61 says: May 18, 2013 2:08 AM

    Way to hammer a rose to shoe-leather Timmy. I worked for the best—Nick Saban, uhh, but was forced to leave because I couldn’t cut it with the demanding old devil. Employers in coaching have long memories—-“needs to be coddled” in red on his resume. On the other hand add “bridge burning” as an area of excellence. He needs to love Muschamp.

  28. pwt3 says: May 19, 2013 9:13 PM

    “Your public display is becoming a little embarrassing to watch.”

    Someone named “Deb” who’s commenting on college football blogs. Yea I’m sure you know nothing about self-stimulation. Like it’s not the only way you’ve gotten wet the past 40 years.

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