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Since beginning as a head coach in 1990 with Toledo, Saban has yet to have a losing season. The future Hall of Famer was the Home Depot Coach of the Year in 2008 and has a very good opportunity to be the COTY again in 2011.
Saban has managed to do one thing in college football (and the SEC) that is so difficult transitioning from 2010 to 2011, and that is to be consistent. In all major statistical categories, whether it be on offense or defense, the Crimson Tide coach has stats that have either remained the same or improved this season.
Saban also boasts the No. 1 scoring defense in the nation. The Crimson Tide defense is a big reason why they are ranked second in the nation at this point in the season. Limiting opponents to just eight points a game is almost unheard of in recent years, and their defensive line has been dominant throughout the first five games of the year.
In three games against ranked opponents Penn State, Arkansas and Florida, Saban has led the Tide to three victories, outscoring opponents by an average of 16.6 points and not allowing more than 14 points in a game.
It comes down to if the Crimson Tide would be the same team they are today without Nick Saban, and the answer is no.
Sure, Alabama would have plenty of talent, but a lot of that talent wouldn't be there if not for the recruiting of Saban. Saban is a winning coach, he doesn't do anything but win. Nick Saban and his 5-0 record this season have him in the running for COTY and if that's not convincing enough, in his four years as head coach of the Crimson Tide, Saban is 48-11 with a national championship and two other BCS bowl appearances. Saban deserves to be in the COTY talk this season.