May 15th, 2013 at 10:31 PM ^

Those two are in serious contention for the worst duo of talking heads on ESPN, and that's saying something.  For the record, I think Barry Melrose and Buccigross are probably the best but it could just be that they don't do that much.  I long for the good old days of ESPN with Cohn, Mayne, Scott, etc.

Jehu the Damaja

May 15th, 2013 at 10:47 PM ^

I couldn't agree more. With all the resources ESPN has, these 2 are the best they can get to talk college football? I don't believe a word either of those morons say when it comes to knowing anything about CFB. Holtz is a senile old man, and Mark May might as well call himself Matt Millen Jr.


May 16th, 2013 at 2:04 AM ^

ESPN has really fallen in love with the "Heated Debate" segments, which is why I don't watch the channel much anymore if I can help it. Seriously, the last few years of NFL draft coverage has boiled down to "let's watch a couple of talking heads try to piss off Mel Kiper between picks" which would have been funny if the people trying to piss him off weren't just as annoying.

/end rant

Ty Butterfield

May 15th, 2013 at 11:35 PM ^

Kind of the same reason I watch. Holtz once said that the overtime in college football is like kissing your brother and that the overtime system in the NFL was better. This was before the NFL changed their overtime time format. I wish I was making this up, but it totally happened.

G. Gulo of the Dale

May 15th, 2013 at 10:25 PM ^

... It seems pretty clear that Davis was using the expression, "the devil himself," in an idiomatic way.  If anything, given the quotation provided, he seemed to mean this more as a compliment than as some pejorative.  Is the implication really supposed to be, "my boss worked under an evil man, and now he's evil too... come play for us!"?

But, by all means, ESPN and Mark May...   

G. Gulo of the Dale

May 15th, 2013 at 10:42 PM ^

I don't have any knowledge about the people around the situation, and I don't doubt that Davis  quite likely has ill-will towards Saban--and, more than anything else--I'm not trying to defend Saban.  Thus, I wasn't trying to suggest that Davis was just joking around, while deep down he has nothing but respect for Saban.  My point is simply the following:  when ESPN has a link on their frontpage entitled, "Coach calls Nick Saban 'the devil'," and they are pulling that out of the quotation below, I think this has much to do with page hits and generating controversy.   

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


May 16th, 2013 at 11:35 AM ^

Maybe you had to hear the way he said it, but taken at face value it does look like he is complimenting Saban.  He states he wants to work with Muschamp, and then says Muschamp's DNA isn't any different from Saban's.  Why would he want to work with Muschamp unless he had some admiration for Saban.  It's almost like he's saying he wants to work with Muschamp because Muschamp had the opportunity to work with Saban longer than Davis himself did.

As far as the devil comment, I take that as an acknowledgement that Saban is difficult in some way, perhaps a taskmaster.  I think he could have said "drill sergeant" there interchangably.  Davis may detest Saban on a personal level, and perhaps that led to the devil comment, but at least on a professional level this seems to show respect.


May 15th, 2013 at 11:11 PM ^

Based on the articles title

Expectation: "Nick Saban is the devil. Nick Saban is Satan himself and is doing evil, wicked, nasty things."

Reality: "Will coached under the devil himself for seven years. I only did three. He did seven."

Not taking this story seriously.

Perkis-Size Me

May 15th, 2013 at 11:40 PM ^

Meh, someone's probably just bitter that they got their ass kicked by a Big East team in the Sugar Bowl, and that "the devil" has racked up 3 of the last 4 BCS titles with ease.


May 15th, 2013 at 11:52 PM ^

Every team in the SEC -- SEC West in particular; SEC east secondarily -- is facing the prospect of losing to the Alabama steamroller.

Want to know why Urban Meyer left Florida?  It wasn't the "health" reasons -- it was Alabama.

"Satan?"  No.  Just playing the SEC game better than everyone else.

Saban's time to tumble will come.  Be patient, my friends ... it will come.


May 16th, 2013 at 12:03 AM ^

Adding this to Franklin's public 'Nicky Satan' slip, SEC coaches must casually refer to Saban as the devil amongst themselves with some regularity. I like it.


May 16th, 2013 at 12:38 AM ^

Nick Saban is a complete asshole and the biggest douchebag in college football in the last 30 years.  But he's not Satan.  That's giving him way too much credit.

That said, I hope he does meet Satan.  He has ruined many young kids lives for his own personal gain.  He deserves to go to hell.