Vanderbilt coach James Franklin says that he called Nick Saban on Wednesday to apologize for the ‘Nicky Satan’ reference he made at a football banquet in Macon, Ga. Tuesday evening.
Franklin told The Tennessean that Saban was “good” with the situation.
“We spoke briefly,” Franklin said. “He said, ‘Coach, I have a lot of respect for what you guys are doing up there at Vanderbilt.’ I said, ‘Coach, I’ve got tremendous respect for what you’re doing.’ And that was it. Got off the phone and that was it.”
Franklin said that he made the comment as a joke, and that he has tremendous respect for the four-time National Champion coach.
“(I was) really talking about the work ethic that he has a reputation for, and that we’re going to outwork them,” Franklin said. “I made a joke. And in today’s society with all the media and social media and people with tape recorders and things like that, that doesn’t come off that way. I know people have tremendous pride in Alabama and their fans are fanatical, so I understand.
“But it was a joke, and I didn’t mean to offend anybody.”