Vanderbilt coach apologizes for calling Alabama’s Saban “Nicky Satan”

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin took a shot at Alabama coach Nick Saban at a high school sports banquet in Georgia the other day, referring to him as “Nicky Satan.”

Speaking in Macon, Ga., where one of Franklin’s top commits is a linebacker at Macon Central High, Franklin said, “There’s this guy in Alabama. I think his name is Nicky Satan. You guys have probably heard of him before. I’m going to outwork him. I’m going to outwork him. And that’s kind of our plan every single day.”

On Wednesday, Franklin called Saban to apologize for the name calling. He told The Tennessean his comment was meant strictly as a joke about Saban, who has won four national championships. According to Franklin, Saban told him that he is “good” with the situation.

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