Yes, Nick Saban hasn’t worked in the NFL since the conclusion of the 2006 season. You know, not long after he insisted he wouldn’t be the coach of the school where he has been the coach for six years and counting.
When Saban coached the Dolphins (2005-06), he employed Will Muschamp and Tim Davis. Davis now works for Muschamp at the University of Florida. And Davis stirred things up a bit by comparing the Grand Poobah of Tuscaloosa to the Lord of Darkness.
“I’ve always wanted to work with Will,” Davis said at a recent Florida booster club meeting in Melbourne, Florida. “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.”
In context, the statement really isn’t that bad. Saban has become the sworn enemy of every fan of every SEC team not nicknamed the Crimson Tide. To them, he is the devil.
Making the comments even less troubling is the fact that Davis said his current boss has the same “DNA” as the devil. Which means that Muschamp is the devil, too. Or at least close kin. Like Jay Mariotti.
But that isn’t stopping Saban from being upset by the comparison — or at least faking it.
“It really is a little terribly disappointing,” Saban said, via 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.”
Sure. “Just tell me.” And then he’d just tell them that, if they have an issue or problem, they should just get the hell out.
Saban has admitted in the past to making a “mistake” by hiring Muschamp to serve as an NFL defensive coordinator despite having no NFL experience. Here’s hoping Davis doesn’t go wobbly in the knees and claim his comments about Saban were a “mistake,” too.