Nick Saban is the most powerful coach in sports … who’s lost four of his last five games.
Saban is the most powerful coach in sports … who’s one game over .500 at his current job.
Saban is the most powerful coach in sports … who hasn’t had a winning regular season in three years.
That must be what Forbes magazine meant to say when it put Saban on the cover of its September issue and called him “sports’ most powerful coach.”
The more fitting headlines just wouldn’t fit.
Surely, Forbes didn’t mean to suggest that Saban is more powerful than Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K has won three national titles and didn’t have to share any of them with Pete Carroll.
The Duke basketball coach is the absolute monarch of his program, but it’s a title he earned rather than having it bestowed upon him, and his pull goes beyond his state, his conference and even his country.