Saban has definitely mellowed and this year really showed he had players’ backs. He’s a good dude. Don’t get me wrong - he’s a good villian because everyone is tired of them winning, but he gets the best, gets them to the NFL, has 2/3 deep of that top talent, manages to convince those egos to wait their turn and even if they play one year, they reach their potential. Would I like more parity. Sure. But he is the envy of what a program should be (all aspects, not just on the field) and the money is there to do it.
Do I love him? No. Do I respect him? Yes. There’s something say that he’s had so many head coaches come from his tree that are successful yet up until this year, none could beat him.