Vandy’s Franklin apologizes for Saban barb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has
apologized to Alabama coach Nick Saban for calling him “Nicky Satan” at a
high school banquet in Georgia.

School spokesman Larry Leathers confirmed Franklin called Saban on Wednesday afternoon to apologize.

The
Vanderbilt coach spoke Monday night at the fall sports banquet for
Central High in Macon, Ga., where linebacker Nigel Bowden is one of his
top commitments. According to videotape from WMAZ-TV, 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.”

Franklin told The Tennessean his comment was meant strictly as a joke about a coach who has won four national championships.