The Crimson Tide's greatest coach and its current one each ranked in the top 10 in recent nationwide polls released Wednesday, though the desireablility of landing in said polls hits each end of the spectrum.
Legendary coach Paul Bryant was ranked third on a list of the all-time best coaches in survey done by The Sporting News.
Saban also finished high in a different poll, though a much lower ranking might have suited him better. Saban was No. 9 on the list of most unpopular people in the world of sports in a poll done by the market research firm E-Poll.
Only John Wooden and Vince Lombardi topped Bryant in the poll of 118 "Hall of Famers, championship coaches and other experts" that included other former Alabama coaches Ray Perkins and Bill Curry, as well as C.M. Newton, the former Crimson Tide basketball coach.
NBA coach Phil Jackson came in fourth in that poll, right behind Bryant, followed by Don Shula, father of former Alabama quarterback and coach Mike Shula.
Bryant was a six-time national champion and 10-time Southeastern Conference champion. He won 323 career games and coached the Crimson Tide from 1958-1982.
Saban, who has rankled fans in Miami and Baton Rouge, La., landed at No. 9 on the most disliked man in sports in the survey of 1,100 fans 13 and older.
Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick topped the list followed by Manny Ramirez, and Alex Rodriguez.
The Crimson Tide coach has a legacy of spurned fans, having left Michigan State for LSU on the eve of a bowl game, LSU for the NFL's Miami Dolphins and the Dolphins for the Crimson Tide.
Saban had better luck with the polls in 2008, earning the title, "Most Powerful Coach" from Forbes.