Nick Saban Agrees with Criticism He's Overrated, Says He Gets Too Much Credit

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2017

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Alabama head coach Nick Saban agreed with a CBS Sports poll of anonymous coaches that listed him as the second most overrated head coach in college football, behind only Michigan's Jim Harbaugh.

"I probably agree with that," he said during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show. "The success that we have is really contributed by a lot of people. We have really good coaches. We have a really good staff of people who work with the players. We've had a tremendous amount of really good players who have made a tremendous commitment to a standard of excellence that has created a lot of success here."

"So I feel like I get far too much credit," he added.

Calling Saban overrated seems like a bit of a stretch, however. The now-legendary coach has led Alabama to seven SEC West division titles, five SEC titles and four national titles since 2007, a remarkable run of dominance.

He's also become the nation's best recruiter, bringing in seven straight top recruiting classes.

Without a doubt, Saban's coaching staff and players deserve plenty of credit, as does the school given the amount of support it has offered him. 

As Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote in Sept. 2016, "There's a reason Saban has grabbed the game by the throat. He's ruthless, innovative and relentless. Any edge he can gain is worth it. Saban also has a budget (hint: it's unlimited) that allows him to hire former head coaches—there are five total on the staff—to break down the game on a molecular level."

Or as one of the anonymous coaches in the CBS poll put it, "We're going to have a war. You're going to have a howitzer, and I have a musket, and then every time we'll say that you're brilliant."

It's a fair point, and one that Saban acknowledged during his interview with Dan Patrick. Still, Saban has brought in those players and coaches. He's utilized his vast resources expertly and, oh yeah, has won a ton of football games in the process. And plenty of other schools have offered coaches a wealth of resources and those coaches haven't had the success of Saban.

So, over-resourced? Sure. Over-supported and over-staffed? Absolutely.

But overrated?

That's a much more difficult claim to justify.