Fans of Alabama love him. Fans of opponents hate him.
And those who hate him, they do so passionately.
Alabama coach Nick Saban is one of the most despised figures in sports. Perhaps that’s not just because of his passion and sometimes anger on the sidelines, but also the success he has had leading the Crimson Tide.
On Wednesday, For The Win’s Luke Kerr-Dineen made a list of the 21 best villains in sports, and it’s no surprise that Saban made it.
“Like [Patriots head coach Bill] Belichick, his villain status is partly due to his success, but also comes down to the way he succeeds. Efficient, unrelenting, brilliant,” Kerr-Dineen writes.
Just imagine how much more hated Saban will be if he leads the Crimson Tide to another national championship this season. He already has won four of the last seven.