Basically, those who closely follow NCAA football are split. Some believe Nick Saban is a mirage; others believe he's a messiah. Richard Cirminiello of collegefootballnews.com obviously belongs in the latter category. He gives the former Michigan State, LSU and Miami Dolphin head man a glowing review in an article posted at foxsports.com entitled "Analyzing the new head football coaches of 2007."
Here's what Cirminiello had to say about Alabama's new head man:
"Forget for a moment how much Saban is getting paid or how his exit from the Dolphins may have lacked tact. The bottom line is he can flat-out coach. Saban is that rare individual that can elevate a program to higher ground, which is precisely what the Tide was seeking once (Mike) Shula got the boot. He's got the track record, especially in the rugged SEC, as a defensive-minded coach that can recruit the heck out of a region. Saban has what Alabama craves — championships. It took awhile, but 'Bama finally has a coach it believes can guide the Tide to a few titles of its own."
Cirminiello went on to congratulate Mal Moore, noting: "A beleaguered punchline before finally landing Saban, the Alabama athletic director absolutely, positively had to make this happen after fumbling the hiring process for about a month after Shula was canned."