The most ringing endorsement for Saban came from Belicheck.
Asked about Bates as a coach, Bel waxed poetic about what a great guy he was and how he deserved a shot, etc.
Asked about Saban, Bel was silent for about 15 seconds before saying that he doesn't know much about Saban because they haven't coached together in so long.
Bel coached with Saban the year before he coached with Bates.
I'd rather have the coach who makes Bel "nervous".
I like my coffee like I like my women...without a penis.