crediting a coach's skill and acumen for a team's excellence.
ND fans tend to attribute an opponent's success to cheating or money or lax academics or lax admissions or junior college or "oversigning" or "roster management."
Saban's a better coach than Kelly. I can deal with that. We can't clone Saban. We already blew our chance to hire him (twice). He won't coach forever, and he's not impervious or immune to bad breaks, transfers, injuries, attrition, or just collapsing of the program's own weight.
We can win a NC with a coach not named Saban. He had a 4 year head start at Alabama over Kelly. Kelly will have a chance to close the gap. If he is to do so, he will have to improve as a coach - and will not be able to lean on any of the excuses proffered so readily by the Kellylovers.