A year after ranking as one of the world’s 11 best leaders, Nick Saban didn’t crack the top 50 in 2017.
Fortune released its annual ranking of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and the Alabama football coach didn’t make the cut. It was a sizable drop after Saban was No. 11 overall in 2016.
The 2016 ranking lauded Saban for rebounding after many declared his dynasty was over. He won his first national title since 2012 to claim his fifth overall and prove that “The Process” was not dead.
“When Alabama defeated Clemson 45–40 for another title on Jan. 11, 2016, he had his answer, and the dynasty — and Saban’s legacy as a leader — remained intact,” Fortune wrote at the time.
But after a 34-31 loss in the 2017 championship rematch against Clemson, Saban fell out of the rankings this year. It appears that failing to win another title is exactly what kept him off the list.
“Anyone who has been ranked previously must re-qualify each year with new achievements,” Fortune’s introduction to the rankings reads.
Saban may have to prove he can rebound once again before he can get back into the rankings.
With Saban out of the top 50, LeBron James took over his spot at No. 11. James was not ranked in 2016.