It’s a little surprising that I’m writing about Forbes magazine in this space for the second time in as many days, but I have to point out that this month’s Forbes cover story declares Alabama’s Nick Saban the most powerful coach in sports.According to the magazine, that’s because of Saban’s “combination of money, control and influence,” his eight-year, $32 million contract, and his part in the university’s capital campaign.That all sounds well and good, but does anyone seriously believe that a coach who has won a whopping seven games at his school is the most powerful coach in sports? More powerful than college football coaches who have spent years building up good will with their administrations, their alumni and their fans? Is Saban really more powerful after one year at Alabama than Pete Carroll at USC, or even his successor at LSU, Les Miles? Or Bill Belichick or Phil Jackson?Anyway, the point of articles like the ones Forbes is running about college coaches is mostly to start arguments and draw attention to the magazine, and in that respect Forbes has clearly succeeded. I just wish they would have succeeded while making a stronger argument.
SABAN THE MOST POWERFUL COACH?
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 14, 2008, 8:54 AM EST