Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has been subject to strong criticism of late.
And those getting on Saban reside in the SEC.
"Will's [Muschamp] got a plan,'' promised [Tim] Davis [Florida's offensive line coach], also a former Saban assistant. "Will coached under the devil himself for seven years. I only did three.''
And Saban, referred to as "Nicky Satan'' by Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, among others, loves to pound the rock.
Call it whatever you like, but multiple BCS National Championships speak more volumes than words. Now figure Saban having won three in the past four seasons at Alabama, along with a fourth (his first) when coaching the LSU Tigers, and these comments are unjustified.
For one, the Florida Gators gave up 39 sacks a season ago compared to just 23 of Alabama. So, Davis needs to get his offensive line improved before taking shots at Saban's, which featured two first-rounders in the 2013 NFL draft.
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The Gators were also bamboozled by Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville Cardinals from the Big East in the Sugar Bowl. At least Alabama's lone loss came courtesy of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, as well as No. 2 overall draft pick Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M.
Louisville was definitely a much better opponent than given credit for, but the Big East doesn't run as deep as the SEC. As for James Franklin and Vanderbilt, the Commodores are definitely a team on the rise and have been since Franklin took over.
But Vandy remains eons away from equaling Alabama on the gridiron.
In addition, Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops doesn't believe the SEC is a deep conference. As written by John Hoover of the Tulsa World, Stoops was looking past the national champs:
"So they've had the best team in college football," Stoops said. "They haven't had the whole conference. Because, again, half of 'em haven't done much at all. I'm just asking you. You tell me."
Although that's not solely directed at Saban, Alabama certainly plays a major role in the current caliber of the SEC. Lest we forget about the Sooners getting bashed by Manziel and A&M 41-13 in the Cotton Bowl as well.
As for the depth of the conference, Saban regarded its talent via Don Kausler of AL.com:
"I really don’t think that people that don’t play in our league really don’t understand the quality of our league from top to bottom.
“I think there’s probably a lot of animosity out there because of the success that we have in our league, but I think that kind of goes with the territory."
Mesh that with Saban's current talent and his coaching ability, and Alabama will dominate next season. The criticism will simply act as another motivator en route to vying for a BCS title three-peat.