Alabama coach Nick Saban and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh have been at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to satellite camps.
The recent war of words between the coaches inspired a debate Tuesday between ESPN commentators Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless on the show “First Take”. Smith and Bayless argued over which coach they would want to play for if they were prospective athletes.
Smith sided with Saban, while Bayless chose Harbaugh.
“If I want enjoy myself as a college student and laugh and have a good time, I want to play for Jim Harbaugh,” Smith said. “If I want to win, Jim Harbaugh hasn’t proven to be Nick Saban. This man (Saban) has won four national championships at two schools. If you are in college football to win, Jim Harbaugh is not even in the same sentence as Nick Saban.”
Smith is clearly high on Saban’s coaching prowess, even if he got his number of championships wrong (Saban has four at Alabama and one at LSU).
Bayless also viewed Harbaugh as likable, and pointed to his stance on satellite camps as alienating for his colleagues.
“I want to play for Jim, because he’s a player’s coach,” Bayless said. “He’s making all those other top-20 coaches nervous and angry, because he’s leaping through that (satellite camp) loophole that’s going to make them all go back to work with a vengeance.”