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Former Alabama Coach Addresses 'Heated' Meeting With Nick Saban

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SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

A former Alabama assistant coach had an intense meeting with head coach Nick Saban when he told him he was leaving for another school.

Josh Gattis, an offensive assistant for the Crimson Tide, left Alabama for a job at Michigan, where he'll be the offensive coordinator.

The assistant coach addressed his meeting with Saban during an appearance on Jim Harbaugh's podcast.

“When Coach (Jim) Harbaugh called, it kind of caught me off guard because I had just left a meeting with Nick Saban getting my butt chewed out for 20 minutes telling him I was leaving and he was trying to get me to stay. It did not go over well,” Gattis said. “If there was any band-aid to the bruise or whatever that he left on me, it was that phone call. It was exciting to hear his voice and to talk to him personally.”

Unsurprisingly, those comments went viral.

Gattis has taken to Twitter to address them.

"Anyone who has taken words from my podcast out of context as a shot on someone and a program I have tremendous respect for is completely wrong! Reading without listening is a complete assumption. The joke was poorly made lightly not to reflect someone I have the utmost respect for!" he wrote.

Alabama has had a ton of coaching turnover this offseason, so it's not surprising that Saban would want Gattis, an up-and-coming offensive coach, to stay.

However, it appears the "heated" meeting between the two wasn't actually that heated.