Leading a perennial powerhouse and one of two undefeated teams in the country, there’s no doubt that Nick Saban is in the upper echelon of college football coaches.
On Friday, he was named one of 16 semifinalists for the George Munger College Coach of the Year Award, presented by the Maxwell Football Club.
The award is named after former Pennsylvania coach George Munger whose “devotion to ethics in athletics, and his commitment to education is the standard for which all college coaches should strive,” according to the Maxwell Football Club’s website.
Despite his five career National Championships, Saban has never won the George Munger Award. Last season, it went to Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, whom Saban beat in the National Championship Game.
Saban has just 18 losses since taking over the Crimson Tide in 2007, six of which came in his first season. Since that 2007 season, Saban’s teams have never finished lower than No. 10 in the AP Poll.
Saban is the only SEC coach listed among the semifinalists. Other notable names included Jim Harbaugh, Bobby Petrino, Urban Meyer and Mike Leake. P.J. Fleck, whose Western Michigan team is the only other undefeated team, is also a semi-finalist.
Voting for the award begins today and runs through Sunday Dec. 11. The top three vote getters will be named finalists and the winner will be announced on Dec. 29.