This Shreveport Times column delivers the ugly truth about Nick Saban to the LSU faithful in a ranking of SEC coaches. He writes that Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban is currently #2 in the conference. Here is a powerful bit of information, “Saban won the national championship at LSU in 2003 after signing a No. 1 recruiting class in 2001. There was another No. 1 class in 2003 and a No. 2 in 2004, and more than 30 of his signees were still on the team in 2007 when LSU won another national title. No less than 33 LSU players signed by Saban between 2000 and 2004 were drafted into the NFL. Of that 33, 18 â€” or more than half â€” went in the first three rounds. Nine went in the first round, and four of those were among the first six picks. LSU has never had more talent in and out of its program, and he developed most of it. He has had two more No. 1 classes at Alabama. He failed in the NFL, but he did go 9-7 with a Miami team that was 4-12 the year before.”
There is much more information on Saban’s coaching career in the column. Along with this bit on Miles, “The 3-5 mark in his league was one of the worst-ever drops for a team that won the national title the year before. Whether you like it or not, the fact is this. With mostly Saban signed and developed players on the roster from 2005-07, Miles went 34-6 with a national championship and an SEC West title. With mostly Miles signed and developed players in 2008, Miles went 8-5 and 3-5.”
There is little doubt that Les Miles will face pressure this season. Can he respond? He has a talented team.