At SEC Media Days, Will Muschamp and Nick Saban were asked about one another and asked about their relationship. Rumor had it that their mentor-pupil bond had turned frosty. But both Florida’s new coach and his ex-employer who’s now at Alabama had only positive things to say.
But according to The Palm Beach Post, things didn’t end on a high note for the two coaches. Saban has a reputation for not being easy on his assistants. Also, the Tide’s coach decided not to give Muschamp the defensive coordinator’s job while both were with the Miami Dolphins.
The Post picks up the story there with the help of Muschamp’s father:
“One example of the deterioration between the two was Saban reprimanding Muschamp’s mother over the phone during the offseason.
While Will Muschamp and his wife were on vacation in the Bahamas, his parents, Larry and Sally Muschamp, were babysitting their children in Coral Springs when an angry Saban called the house. He needed a particular document from Muschamp, and ordered Sally to fax it to him.
Not finding a fax machine in her son’s home, Sally drove to an office supply store to send it. Thirty minutes later, Saban had not received it and called again. He had given her the wrong number, Sally said.
‘Where’s that fax?’ Saban barked. ‘Get it to me now.’
Larry, by far the more easygoing of Muschamp’s parents, was irate.
‘That son of a b***h,’ he said. ‘I’m surprised she didn’t say, ‘When it gets there, put it where the sun don’t shine.’ She didn’t. But that’s Saban. he and Will got crosswise in Miami for whatever reason.’”
Here’s guessing Muschamp will soon have a little talk with his parents to explain what is and what isn’t for public consumption.
Either way, Muschamp and “that SOB” Saban will meet up in Gainesville on October 1st. The postgame handshake may prove to be downright Belichickian.