10 Teams That Wouldn't Trade Their Head Coach for Nick Saban
Oh, the Alabama Crimson Tide was going to take a step back due to the loss of several key playmakers from a season ago?
If last week's domination over the Michigan Wolverines was any indication of how the season will go for the Crimson Tide, this is a program that is in a great position to win its third National Championship in four years. And the people in Tuscaloosa have head coach Nick Saban, in large part, to thank.
His name and track record speaks for itself, which helps land some of the most talented players in the country. He also has the rare ability to take these 5-star recruits and get them to play his style of football and simply dominate every other team in sight.
But while Saban should be considered the best coach in the country, there are other teams that are just fine with the guy that is running their program.
Here are 10 other college football programs that would pass on the idea of Saban running their football team.
Bill Snyder, Kansas State
Accomplishments: Six time Coach of the Year, 65 percent winning percentage and one Big 12 Championship.
There are just some coaches that you let retire on their own terms and Kansas State's Bill Snyder is one of those coaches. He took over the program back in 1989 when the Wildcats couldn't find their way out of a wet paper bag. Now, Kansas State is a consistent contender in the Big 12, and despite Snyder not getting any younger, the program seems to be improving with Snyder dedicating even more time to the program.
Snyder has helped make this program what it is today and I don't see anybody replacing him until he says so.
Gary Patterson, TCU
Accomplishments: Four conference championships, 78 percent winning percentage and two-time MWC Coach of the Year.
Much like Saban, Gary Patterson is a tough-nosed defensive coach, who has had a ton of success with his current program. Patterson has led the Horned Frogs to four straight double-digit winning seasons and has won six of the last seven bowl appearances, including one BCS bowl victory.
TCU is 35-3 in the last three years and has seen a total of 13 players go off to the next level in that short time span.
With this program turning a new page in the Big 12, it seems like even bigger things are in store for the program out in Forth Worth, TX.
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
Accomplishments: One Big Ten title and Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Remember the days when Michigan State could not consistently make bowl games?
That has not been the case under Mark Dantonio, who has led the Spartans to two straight double-digit winning seasons and a bowl appearance each year he has been on campus.
Dantonio is a great defensive coach, who is putting together something special in East Lansing. The Spartans have not won a National Championship since 1966, but the way the Spartans are going, that could change within a few years.
Chris Petersen, Boise State
Accomplishments: Four WAC Championships and two-time Paul "Bear" Bryant Award winner.
There is no other coach in the country that does more with less than Chris Petersen.
In just six years at Boise State, Petersen has led the Broncos to a 91 percent winning percentage, has finished in the top 10 four times and is 4-2 in bowl games, with two of those victories coming in BCS bowls. This type of success has gotten the Broncos out of the MWC to become members of the Big East next season, which should open more doors for the program.
Petersen has been offered other high profile jobs, but has reportedly turned them down. With that type of loyalty to Boise State, the folks in Idaho would certainly not trade their head coach for anyone else.
Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Accomplishments: Two National Championships, 82 percent winning percentage and four conference championships.
Urban Meyer may only be in his first year at Ohio State, but if Saban is the best coach in the country, Meyer is a close second. Like Saban, Meyer recruits some of the best players wherever he goes, wins with every program he has coached at and is 7-1 all time in bowl games.
With Meyer bringing the spread offense to Columbus, there is simply no telling how much success the Buckeyes are going to have in the next five years or so.
Four of the last six National Championships have come from either Saban or Meyer, so trading one for the other really doesn't make much sense. I'm sure the fans of the Buckeyes are more than happy to stick with their current coach.
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
Accomplishments: 13 conference championships, three-time Big East Coach of the Year and two-time ACC Coach of the Year.
Much like Snyder from the first slide, Frank Beamer is one of those coaches that has earned his stripes. He has turned this Virginia Tech program completely around, coached the Hokies since 1987 and has reached 19 straight bowl games dating back to 1993.
The term “Beamerball” is known across the college football landscape, and is a word that describes scoring in all three phases of the game, particularly with the special teams unit.
Much like Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno (before the scandal), Beamer is somebody who will get to call the shot as to when he no longer wants to coach football.
Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
Accomplishments: Seven Big 12 Championships, AP National Coach of the Year and one National Championship.
Bob Stoops has reached a bowl game every single year he has been the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners. He has won 80 percent of his games in Norman and has 10 seasons of double-digit victories.
Stoops is often criticized for not being able to win the big games (he is 3-5 in BCS bowl games), but that's eight times where he has led his team to prestigious bowls. Winning or not, there are plenty of programs out there that would kill just to be mentioned as contending for the Fiesta Bowl or National Championship.
Stoops continues to put a quality product on the field, continues to win and I'm sure Sooner fans would hate to see him leave anytime soon.
Les Miles, LSU
Accomplishments: Two SEC Championships, one National Championship and 80 percent winning percentage.
I'm sure you can think of better coaches than Les Miles, but it is hard to believe the Tigers would accept their former head coach back to replace the Mad Hatter. And besides, Miles has won oodles of games in Louisiana, given Tiger fans a National Championship, two SEC titles and has won double-digit games in five of the last seven years.
Who cares if Miles has terrible clock managing skills, odd eating habits and is socially awkward, he somehow finds ways to win games and is very entertaining.
The 12th year head coach may have his moments, but he is somebody that the fans in Baton Rouge have grown to love for the most part.
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
Accomplishments: Six SEC Championships, 72 percent winning percentage, seven SEC Coach of the Year Awards and one National Championship.
It has taken Steve Spurrier a while to find his coaching magic ever since he left Florida after the 2001 season, but he is slowly proving that the "Ol' Ball Coach" has not really lost a step.
For the first time in South Carolina history, the Gamecocks finished inside the top 10 in the AP Poll last season. He also led the program to its first double-digit winning season since 1984. The Gamecocks are no longer the punching bag in the SEC and have a great chance to eventually win their first SEC title in school history.
It may have taken a while, but Spurrier has fans excited about football again in South Carolina and he could quickly become an icon to not just one SEC school, but two.
Chip Kelly, Oregon
Accomplishments: Three conference championships and two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
When Mike Bellotti was the head coach and Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator, this Oregon program was winning, but nothing like this. In the three years of being in charge of this team, Kelly has led the Ducks to three straight BCS bowls, including a National Championship berth in 2010.
He is in the perfect situation, being an offensive guru and coaching in the Pac-12. Kelly is able to recruit the type of guys that will fit in his system, which results in a scoring nightmare for opposing defenses.
Kelly has quickly become one of the more respected coaches in the country, turned Oregon into a national powerhouse and will likely just continue to build on the success he has had in Eugene.
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