Vanderbilt's James Franklin Jabs Nick Saban, Calls Coach 'Nicky Satan'

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJanuary 30, 2013

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin
Vanderbilt head coach James FranklinJeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

It's safe to say that Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin has been mighty impressive in his first two seasons at Vanderbilt.

The Commodores have reached bowl games in each of his first two seasons, posted a nine-win season in 2012 and has completely turned around the perception of the Vanderbilt program.

He's clearly ready to coach with the big boys, and he's making that known in the offseason.

Speaking at Macon, Ga.'s Central High School fall banquet, Franklin called out Alabama head coach Nick Saban (courtesy: WMAZ-13).

"There's this guy down at Alabama, I think his name is Nicky Satan," Franklin said at the banquet. "You guys have probably heard of him before. I'm going to outwork him."

As the Bob Stoops would say in that AT&T commercial, "hello."

Talk about poking the bear.

With three national titles in four seasons, Saban has established himself as the best college football coach of this generation and one of the best in college football history. 

Franklin has done a lot of good at Vanderbilt, and you have to admire his confidence. But calling out Nick Saban like that, even if he's joking, may not be the best thing in the world to do.

Luckily for Franklin, Alabama isn't on Vanderbilt's regular-season schedule in 2013.

Franklin later apologized to Saban according to The Tennessean. But you have to love the confidence of Franklin though.