TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t bothered by some of his colleagues anonymously voting him as one of the most overrated coaches in college football.
In fact, Saban agrees with the sentiment. CBS Sports interviewed some coaches anonymously, asking them to name who they think are some of the most overrated and underrated coaches in college football. Saban was named by 9 percent of the coaches, tied for second most with former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin (Florida Atlantic) and Lovie Smith (Illinois).
Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh led the most overrated section, getting named by 13 percent, while South Carolina’s Will Muschamp was the only other SEC coach to make the cut with 4 percent.
“First of all, I’d probably agree with that,” Saban said on the Dan Patrick Show. “The success that we have is really contributed to by a lot of people. We have really good coaches, we have a really good staff of people who work with the players, we’ve had a tremendous amount of really, really good players who have made a tremendous commitment to a standard of excellence that has created a lot of success here.
“So, I feel like I get far too much credit for that, and so I would probably tend to agree with whoever voted that way, to be honest with you.”
Saban is entering his 11th season with the Crimson Tide with a record of 119-19 (.862) in Tuscaloosa and a career collegiate record of 210-61-1 (.774).
Alabama has won four national championships in the last eight seasons under Saban. Alabama also has won five SEC championships under Saban. The Crimson Tide came within one second of winning a fifth last year in a crushing loss to Clemson.
Alabama returns key players like Jalen Hurts, Calvin Ridley, Da’Ron Payne and Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Crimson Tide are considered the favorite to win the national championship again this season.