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College football roundup: Saban responds to "devil" comment

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Alabama coach Nick Saban took the higher road when asked to respond to recent comments from former assistant Tim Davis.

"It's a little disappointing when someone who works with you says something," Saban said on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday.

Davis, who worked for Saban with the Miami Dolphins and at Alabama for a total of three years, is currently Florida's offensive line coach. He called Saban "the devil himself" and said he was glad to be working for UF coach Will Muschamp, another Saban protege.

"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.

Davis was the director of player personnel at Alabama in 2008. Prior to that, he was the Dolphins' offensive line coach under Saban for two seasons.

"I've always wanted to work with Will," Davis told the boosters. "Will's got a plan. Will coached under the devil himself for seven years. I only did three. He did seven. And his DNA is not any different than Nick."

--Maurice Clarett was a noted NFL failure, but the former Ohio State running back is chasing another dream -- playing rugby in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Clarett, 29, has been training for several months with the Columbus affiliate of Tiger Rugby, according to Paul Holmes, the director of the team.

The developmental program is responsible for helping select the team to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Clarett will participate in an international event May 25 in Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

---Former Arizona State quarterback Andrew Walter announced he's running for congress.

Walter would run for Arizona's ninth congressional district, which is in Maricopa County and includes Tempe but also parts of Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Mesa and Chandler.

Walter was drafted 69th by the Oakland Raiders in the 2005 NFL Draft.

---One semester on the West Virginia campus was enough for true freshman quarterback Chavas Rawlins, a three-star recruit who informed the school he plans to transfer. Rawlins enrolled at WVU in January, and his recruitment was led by quarterbacks coach Jack Spavital. Spavital was hired by Texas A&M as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
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