Nick Saban got more recognition for his great coaching ability (although we doubt he’ll care!) from Athlon Sports, who said he was the best coach in the 2013 class of 125 college football coaches.

It espoused: “Saban is without question the best coach in college football. He started his career as a head coach in 1990 with Toledo, then spent the next four seasons as the defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns. In 1995, Saban was hired as Michigan State’s head coach and guided the Spartans to a 34-24-1 record under his watch. Saban left East Lansing for Baton Rouge and LSU in 2000 and led the Tigers to a 48-16 record in five years, including a national championship in 2003. Saban had a two-year stint with the Dolphins but jumped at the opportunity to lead Alabama in 2007. After a 7-6 record in his first season, Saban is 61-7 in his last five years with the Crimson Tide, which includes three national championships. At 61 years old, Saban is still at the top of his game and should have Alabama in the mix for a SEC and national title every year he is on the sidelines.”

Also on the list was:

Steve Spurrier (South Carolina) – 5th

Mark Richt (Georgia) – 11th

Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) – 16th

James Franklin (Vanderbilt) – 17th

Dan Mullen (Mississippi State) – 23rd 

Les Miles (LSU ) – 24th

Bret Bielema (Wisconsin) – 25th

Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss) – 30th

Will Muschamp (Florida) – 36th

Butch Jones (Tennessee) – 41st

Gary Pinkel (Missouri) – 42nd

Gus Malzahn (Auburn) – 53rd

Mark Stoops (Kentucky) – 71st 

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