That Sly Devil: Nick Saban Is The Best College Football Coach In America

Football, Trible To Your Bass — By on January 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm


Nick Saban won his second national title at Alabama Monday night. He added it to the shelf with another championship he had won at LSU, the team he defeated to get this one.

Saban probably won’t stop here. If a poll of college football followers were taken across the globe, many would think he’d have another before it’s all said and done. Maybe just one, perhaps two more, and possibly three.

He’s the best college football coach in America.

Unlike his foil at LSU, Les Miles, Saban isn’t quirky. He doesn’t fill up a quote sheet like Steve Spurrier. When it comes to human interest stories, Saban ranks down near the bottom of the list.

Saban represents an end game of wins and losses. His goal is to read the ledger, and then expand the discrepancy between the two.

He has the look of a man who doesn’t like to be bothered. He wants his team to block, hit, run and score. When they don’t, he can be an excellent example of what vocabulary a 12-year-old child shouldn’t use.

No one in their right mind would think of playing for Saban as a fun and happy experience. The man is solid as a rock and hard as stone. He wants to win, and even when the wins come, he doesn’t look satisfied.

He is the embodiment of everything a football coach is supposed to be. He rolls out the Tide like Lombardi placed the Packers. Simply put, he tells his kids what to do and they do it. They do it and they win. They win and he moves up the chain of great coaches.

The formula seems rather simple.

When Saban hoists the crystal ball, he may crack a grin for the first time since the last one. In a second, it vanishes like the opponent he defeated. It seems like no matter what his team does, it’s not good enough. He remarked something along the lines of how his team could’ve played better against LSU on Monday.

Granted, they could have, but they didn’t need to, even if they could.

Saban’s team took an LSU team, who looked like a sure-fire champ, out back behind their own house and humiliated them. Zero points? 92 yards of offense? How much better exactly?

Then, when he was done, he delivered the coach speak of how proud he was that his team overcame everything, focused on the task at hand, and won, yet they could’ve played better.

Maybe Saban will fall off and never hoist another title trophy. Don’t count on it. His demeanor makes it clear that he’s not satisfied just yet.

If he wants better performances than the one his team put on display Monday night, how will he ever be satisfied at all?

He probably won’t be, and that’s what will keep him filling up the ledger’s left side.

M. Trible

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    3 Comments

  • Joe Simmons says:

    Saban is the new leader on the block. Give him enough time for a big game and he will cut your neck off. That’s what made what Cam Newton did against Bama last year so special. Nobody comes back on that defense like that and gets the win. Saban is a mastermind and understands that you win with defense and a running game. All these high flying offenses get to the big game but they cannot win because defense reigns supreme.

  • Kelsey says:

    Saban is this generation of Alabama fan’s Bear Bryant. What most people do not realize is that Saban is only going to coach for probably another 5 years. He turned 60 this year and he does not want to Paterno or Bowdon coaching in his 70s. The tornado in April really affected him. I think that’s why he was seemed so happy on Monday night. He has said several times this season that his prior success makes it hard for him to simply enjoy wins because all folks around the programs really care about are championships. Add that to how much he really likes the individuals on this year’s team and it made sense that we has so giddy after the game (contrast to his demeanor after they beat Texas two years ago). I think he sees this incoming recruiting class through and calls it quits. I also believe he will win 1 more ring. With this new playoff system that is inevitably coming, it will be even harder to win a ring going forward. I think he has the stomach for one more run before he retires to his lake house with his boo Terry.

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