Forbes named Nick Saban the most powerful coach in college football, which Forbes being Forbes, they did based primarily on the salary paid to him. In case you haven't heard, that total is somewhere between $4 million and $5 million a year in total compensation, not counting his killer robot Cybertyde, the space elevator to Alabama's Orbital Running Lab (zero gs=zero knee joint stress), and the membership to the Exotic Meat of the Month Club. (This month's installment: Panda for the Olympics!)
How powerful is Saban? So powerful he can pull the first version of the Forbes cover, which he objected to quite strenously.
You get an LSU guy to do the farkin', you get Saban as Lollipop Guild.
The Forbes article also figures out the most underpaid and overpaid coaches, and you'll be shocked at how well your expectations line up with their results, especially on the overpaid side. The list includes your obvious ones--Kirk Ferentz, Greg Robinson, Al Groh, and Charlie Weis--but surprised us with the inclusion of Ralph Friedgen, who has been just 15-17 in conference over the past four years after a ripping start at Maryland, and should have been included, we suppose, and well aren't you smart for seeing this when we didn't, Jackass McSmartfartley?
(Note: when the the eventual obit for the Greg Robinson era is written, this must be the official picture for the story. There is no other choice.)
P.S. Ever the perfectionist, Freek has an additional Saban cover after the jump.