Though Widely Despised, Nick Saban is Probably Not “The Devil Himself”

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This is the time of year when football coaches like to get a few jabs in. On the collegiate and professional levels, these fellas may respect one another’s ability to run a football team, but that doesn’t mean they like one another. In fact, many of these coaches downright loathe a few of their peers.

There has been a smorgasbord of chatter available for consumption over the past week. Chip Kelly made a jab about Andy Reid’s inability to run a tight ship in Philadelphia, passive-aggressively stating that the team ate like crap under Reid’s direction. Most would suggest this as stating the obvious.

Reid countered by suggesting Taco Tuesdays and Fast Food Fridays were excellent for team morale, and that his Kansas City Chiefs squad would be eating plenty of K.C. barbecue.

All these remarks pale in comparison to comments made by Florida assistant coach Tim Davis in an interview on Tuesday. When speaking about plans for program success, Davis recalled his head coach, Will Muschamp, and the fact that “Will coached under the devil himself for seven years. I only did three.”

The devil he’s referring to is Nick Saban.

This is not the first time Saban has been referred to as Beelzebub publicly. Earlier this year, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin dubbed Saban “Nicky Satan” while speaking at a high school in Georgia. Franklin is no stranger to controversial comments, but he may have been unaware of the trend he was starting.

Is Nick Saban Satan? No, probably not.

But is he a huge jerk? Quite possibly.

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