Nick Saban chatted with his No. 1 fan and No. 1 critic – depending on how the Tide did last Saturday – Paul Finebaum, in which he opined on all the things he hasn’t accomplished at LSU and Alabama.
“We haven’t finished the season in the last two seasons like we’d like,” Saban told Finebaum, via CollegeFootballTalk. “People talk about you won four national championships. Well, I feel like we’ve had good enough teams to win eight. So I feel like we failed four times. I feel like I failed four times.”
And, yeah, he’s probably right. The 2013 and 2014 teams had national title ability in them, and his 2010 team is truly the season that got away – his most talented team ever (Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, most of the record-breaking 2011 defense) that somehow found a way to lose three games.
But, still, going 4-for-8 still makes Saban pretty darn successful – or lucky, depending on how you slice it up.
Mack Brown had national title caliber teams in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009 and won one. Bob Stoops could’ve won national titles in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2008, and he’s only won one to date. Pete Carroll was a few plays away in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Urban Meyer was right there in 2009 and 2013. And so on and so on.
Every successful coach will have seasons to lament. Saban’s fortunate he only has four – and just as many national title rings to keep him company at night.