When you think of the biggest villain in college football, one name automatically comes to mind: Alabama head coach Nick Saban. That’s exactly who came to mind for Jesse Kelly, who stopped by OutKick The Tailgate this morning in College Station, ahead of Texas A&M vs. No. 1 Alabama at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.
The host of the nationally syndicated “Jesse Kelly Show” poked fun at Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh before admitting that Saban is the biggest villain, although because he’s the biggest winner in college football.
“I fully acknowledge a lot of that’s jealousy, I get that. He’s better than everyone else, he’s been better than everyone else, he’s gonna be better than everyone else until he hangs it up,” Kelly said. “So, everyone hates that guy, that’s why we all hated Bill Belichick for years. You hate that guy. You want him, but you hate that guy.”
Saban’s success is certainly unparalleled in college football history. His 15-year tenure at Alabama alone is perhaps the best run of any team in history. The run of six National Championships and 13 consecutive 10-win seasons speaks for itself but has brought along a lot of hate Saban’s way.
That is to be expected, though, as people hate winners, and they hate winners who stay on top forever. A great example of that is Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who is still on top of the NFL world after 20 plus years in the league. Brady has seen his hate diminish since leaving New England, but he played the role as the league’s villain to perfection.
Beyond Saban, Kelly mentioned Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney as another villain, due to portraying his program as an underdog when they are far from it.
“Bro, when you’re on multiple national titles by this point in time, you get every five-star recruit you want that Nick Saban doesn’t get, the underdog thing gets kinda old after awhile,” Kelly said. “It gets really old in my opinion.”
OutKick The Tailgate is hosted every Saturday by Jonathan Hutton, Jill Savage, Chad Withrow and Clay Travis, taking place at the campus of the biggest game around the SEC that week. The show can be streamed on OutKick’s official YouTube page and on OutKick.com.