After Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis called Saban "the devil himself" on Tuesday, Saban responded, calling Davis's comments "terribly disappointing."
“I try to do right by the people that work for me," he said, according to AL.com. "It’s a tough, demanding job. And at the same time, if anybody had an issue or problem with me, I would want them to just tell me.”
Saban said the criticism stings particularly because it's coming from a former colleague.
"If I’m doing something to offend somebody, I’d certainly like to do whatever I have to do to fix it," he said, speaking for media at a Crimson Caravan stop at Atlanta's Turner Field. "It’s not our intention. It’s not what we try to do."
“We’re in a tough business. It’s very competitive. Sometimes you’ve got to demand that people do things that maybe they don’t want to do, but it’s not personal.”
Whatever his personal style, Saban has overseen impressive success at Alabama, winning three national titles and carrying an overall record of 63 wins and only 13 losses since 2007. He's overseen the selection of 24 Crimson Tide players as First Team All-Americans, and 24 players drafted into the NFL.
Davis coached under Saban for three years with the Miami Dolphins.