There are 128 schools playing in the college football bowl subdivision. That means there are 128 head coaches out there doing their best week after week to make their program better. Some are specialist recruiters, others are great at the x’s and o’s of the game, still more focus on development of players within the […]
There are 128 schools playing in the college football bowl subdivision. That means there are 128 head coaches out there doing their best week after week to make their program better. Some are specialist recruiters, others are great at the x’s and o’s of the game, still more focus on development of players within the program. Then you get the next level coaches. These are the guys that can do a lot of everything well. These are the guys that you would want coaching your school, if you could pick anyone to do so next season.
After LSU fired Les Miles midway through 2016, there are just five active head coaches that won a national championship left. It’s a stunningly elite club that features Alabama’s Nick Saban (five), Ohio State’s Urban Meyer (three), as well as Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, and Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops with one each. So- if you could have any coach for a season of coaching, who would it be?
There are some under the radar choices here that deserve a mention, before we concentrate on the bigger names. Ken Niumatalolo of Navy has done a stunning job with the Mids given their limitations when it comes to recruiting the best talent out there. Tom Herman was outstanding at Houston, and after the firing of Charlie Strong it will be interesting to see what success Herman can have with all the advantages the Texas job provides. James Franklin worked miracles at Penn State this season.
In reality though, it boils down to three options and they are Saban, Meyer, and Jim Harbaugh of Michigan.
These are three coaches that always seem to get the very best out of their players. They are coaches that can pinpoint any weakness in an opponent and take advantage of it. They are coaches that will do whatever it takes to win. Of the three though, Saban stands alone with his accomplishments. He is not just the best coach of this generation, you can make a case that he is the best college football coach of all time.
Saban won five national titles over the last two decades, because he is a master recruiter who loads his teams with talent and surrounds himself with a staff that is full of NFL level coaches. He also has an NFL level grasp of X’s and O’s, and you just never see the man outcoached on game day. Last but not least- his players love him and will run through walls for him.
Saban is competing in an era of college football where there are far more teams that should be able to challenge him. There is talent all over the country, there are competitive teams in every conference, yet Saban is still on one of the greatest national title runs of any coach in history. He personally has as many (or more) national titles as the likes of Texas, LSU, Florida, Florida State, and Michigan. He competes every week in what has been the dominant conference in college football for the last decade, yet his team was No. 1 in the AP Poll at least once in each of the last 10 seasons.
People may not like him because of his success, but if you are going to pick any coach to take your team for a season, it is hard to argue against Saban being your man.