Saban's Clearly the Best, But Who's Next?

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Before we go further, understand this: After the No.1 spot in Sporting News’ annual coach rankings, the debate begins.


There’s no question which coach has it rolling better than any other. No question who nails every criteria—wins, championships, recruiting, history at previous jobs, future potential and the intangible Q-factor.

Just how good has Nick Saban been in the BCS era? He’s approaching Bear Bryant status at Alabama. To even mention those words five years ago was preposterous.


After that, there are question with every coach. Chris Peterson doesn’t play the weekly grind of a BCS schedule; Urban Meyer ran away from Florida when it got tough; Brian Kelly won championships everywhere and got...

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