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Urban Meyer Doesn't Think Nick Saban Is The "Best" Coach Of All-Time

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer certainly has respect for Alabama head coach Nick Saban, but he isn't ready to call him the greatest of all-time just yet. This past weekend, Meyer, in an interview with GridironNow.com, spoke at length about the consistency that Saban has displayed over his career. But when asked if Saban, after notching his fifth national title this past year, is the best ever? Meyer instead said that he's "one of the top two or three." Here's more:

“I certainly think he’ll (Saban) go down as one of the greatest in the history of college football,” Meyer said. “I know everybody knows that. But I don’t want to say ‘the best’ — one of the top two or three.”

“What he has is consistency in all areas — recruiting, developing players and holding a staff together,” Meyer said. “One of the issues I’ve had over the years is losing assistant coaches. They become head coaches (Tom Herman). He lost a couple this year and one became a head coach (Kirby Smart).

“But to sit here and talk about the job he’s done is senseless. That’s the marquee program again.”

ESPN's Paul Finebaum noticed the quote and tweeted it out to his followers. He got an interesting set of responses.

">January 25, 2016

">@finebaum that's because he thinks he is

— jeff (@LIZZARD_79)

@finebaum that's because he thinks he is

— jeff (@LIZZARD_79) January 25, 2016

">January 25, 2016

">@finebaum Did you expect him to agree? Saban is the greatest of all time!

— Tony Wainwright (@wainwrighttony)

@finebaum Did you expect him to agree? Saban is the greatest of all time!

— Tony Wainwright (@wainwrighttony) January 25, 2016

">January 25, 2016

">@finebaum I would have expected no less from Urban aka Mr Egomaniac

— Perry Williams (@PerrWill61)

@finebaum I would have expected no less from Urban aka Mr Egomaniac

— Perry Williams (@PerrWill61) January 25, 2016

">January 25, 2016

There's no way to tell here if Meyer actually thinks he belongs in the conversation - he could have just been referring to legends like Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden, etc. That being said, given the 13-year age gap between Saban and Meyer, it's entirely possible that the Ohio State coach does catch him in national title wins. Only time will tell.

Either way, this will likely be blown out of proportion.