Bama is the preeminent program right now, no doubt. But look at how many mediocre hires Mal Moore made prior to Saban.
Mal's officially only responsible for:
- Dennis Franchione;
- Mike Price;
- Mike Shula; and
- Unsuccessfully pursuing Rich Rodriguez.
So from 1999-2007, Bama was about as bad as any program hiring coaches. But the period extends even before that because Moore wasn't responsible for the DuBose-Stallings coup.
People don't appreciate how hard it is to find the right guy. Bama was pretty fortunate in that regard.
The other advantage Bama has on other programs is they have an army of analysts. People wonder how Saban can mutilate teams when he has 4-5 weeks to prepare? Well, having an analyst staff of 20+ researchers helps (see link below).
There's nothing wrong with that. It just goes to show how far ahead Bama is in the whole process. It's not unfair, it's just venturing in unchartered territory and led by one of the best in the business, a guy that Tide fans are more than fortunate to have.