Yes, you can call me a homer here but why is Nick Saban not getting any Coach of the Year love - even at the SEC level?
ESPN's Chris Lowe had a poll asking who is the SEC Coach of the Year. Saban is not even given an honorable mention.
Why are all these candidates someone who took their team up one notch in quality?
James Franklin (Vanderbilt) and Hugh Freeze (Ole Miss) made bad teams mediocre. Neither had wins over ranked teams. Ole Miss is 6-6 and Vandy only beat one bowl-bound team - Ole Miss.
Will Muschamp (Florida) and Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) took a mediocre team and made them good. Florida returned 18 starters including all 11 on defense, and almost lost to Mizzou and La-Laf. TAMU basically rode on the back of you-know-who and some pretty good offensive tackles.
I am not even sure why Steve Spurrier (South Carolina) is on this list. Do they feel sorry for him?
The case for Nick Saban? How about taking a team that lost Dont'a Hightower, Dre Kirkpatrick, Trent Richardson, Mark Barron, Courtney Upshaw, Josh Chapman, Darius Hanks, Marquis Maze, Brad Smelley, William Vlachos, Jerrell Harris, DeQuan Menzie, several back-ups who played regularly and overcame the loss of offensive weapons DeAndrew White, Jalston Fowler, Dee Hart, plus Chris Black to injuries and still won the toughest conference in the nation and is headed for the BCSCG?