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Utah Football - Former Ute player, coach, causes national stir

Published May 17, 2013 1:41 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Most Utah fans remember Tim Davis as a two-time offensive line coach for the Utes, once in the 1990's and then again in 2011.

Now, he will be remembered for something different.

Now the offensive line coach at the University of Florida, Davis made national news this week, referring to Alabama coach Nick Saban by the name of Satan.

According to Sports Illustrated, Davis was addressing a booster club in Melbourne Florida when he made the controversial comments.

"I've always wanted to work with Will," 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."

He made the comparison in contrast to how much he liked working under Will Muschamp, the current Gators head coach.

Saban addressed the comments yesterday, calling Davis' qoute "terribly disappointing". He then told reporters that while he's demanding of his staff, he tries to do right by anyone who works for him.

Davis worked under Saban from 2005-2008 with the Miami Dolphins and at Alabama. This blog doesn't think there will ever be a reunion between the two men.

Davis is also not the first in the coaching profession to criticize Saban. Earlier this year, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin referred to him as "Nicky Satan".

Of course, Saban is at this time the most successful college football coach in the land, with the most dominant program.

Davis played at Utah in 1979 as an offensive lineman. He started his coaching career at Wisconsin in 1983.

Tony Jones