We probably already knew heading into the College Football Playoff and then into the National Championship, but if you need a reminder, Nick Saban is the greatest coach in College Football Playoff history. There is no doubt about it at this point and it’s a certain thing now that he has his seventh ring.
One of those rings came at LSU back in the early 2000s but the other six have all been won at Alabama when he took over the Crimson Tide job after a short stint in the National Football League with the Miami Dolphins. Saban has reached the peak of the mountaintop and truly sits alone as the greatest of all time when it comes to college coaches. Even legendary coach Bear Bryant’s grandson thinks so too.
“He’s won six titles in 12 years. This is, by far, the greatest run in college football history. And then the fact of the coaching changes that he had; he’s won it with six offensive coordinators. I mean, that’s unbelievable, and he’s lost seven or eight people off his staff every year, and he just continues to win.
“To then top it off this year, being the Coach of the Year in the hardest year ever in college football, I would just kind of say — and to a similar answer that Papa said after beating Ohio State and Woody Hayes when he was asked, ‘Well, who’s the greatest coach?’ or whatever — I’ll say that Saban is the GOAT of all time, but Papa wasn’t bad himself.”
Saban has gone on to coach incredible players and he has even gone on to coach over eight different assistants who went on to take head coaching jobs. He is not only the greatest coach but he is a fantastic teacher who has shown that he can mentor anyone below him. His most current offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian just accepted the Texas job. He said he learned a lot from Saban.
“Just consistently, not much rocks coach Saban’s boat. He’s going to focus on what he needs to focus on to be the best head coach he can be. And then I just tried to adopt the same thing while I was there to be the best offensive coordinator I could be. There is something to the routine factor. And when people are all in the same routine, you can kind of recreate that game, week in and week out.”
Maybe what is most impressive about Saban is that he only gets better with age. Many could say that this most recent 2020 team was the best he ever had. This team went undefeated, cruised to a big win in the CFP semi-finals and then put a beat down on Ohio State, winning the Natty by a final score of 52-24. It was similar to a win Saban had more than seven years ago when they beat Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship, winning 42-14. Even with all those years in between, Nick Saban is proving he is still the best.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com