Nick Saban Responds to Sports Illustrated's Most Disliked in Sports
Saban has been the head coach of Toledo, Michigan State, LSU and Alabama (while also making a trip to the NFL with the Miami Dolphins). His college head coaching record is 165-57-1, with four SEC Championships and four BCS National Championships. In other words, this guy is a winner—a winner with plenty of hardware too.
It goes without saying that the victor gets the spoils. Saban is the second highest-paid coach in college sports ($7.3 million a year); only behind Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyewski. So he has both the rings and the money now.
He also is at the heart of college football: Alabama. The Crimson Tide have ruled the SEC over the years and there’s no end in sight. Saban has consistently put together the best recruiting classes in the country and has been putting plenty of players into the first round of the NFL draft.
Life is good for Saban. He’s living the dream right now; every coach in America wants what he has.
So what happens when you have what everyone wants? Haters.
Saban was recently named to Sports Illustrated’s Most Disliked in Sports list. Here’s how he responded:
"I try to do things the right way. I have a lot of compassion for people. We do a lot to help other people. We try to provide leadership to help young people have a better chance to be more successful in life,” Saban said, according to 247sports.
“We do a lot for young kids. So, all's we can do is what we can control. What we can control is to try to do things the right way, help other people, have compassion, be a good leader, set a good example, care for other people, which we do, and I feel good about who we are and what we do and how we try to help others. If somebody else doesn't feel that way, I guess they're entitled to their opinion."
I seriously doubt Saban will lose any sleep over being named to this list.
Everybody hates a winner.