Forbes: Saban still most powerful coach

Forbes Magazine has ranked its 10 most powerful coaches in college football, and Alabama's Nick Saban again tops the list.

South Carolina's Steve Spurrier is No. 8 and LSU's Les Miles is No. 9.

In coming up with the list, Forbes looked at each coach's salary, its proportion of the school's total coaching salaries and athletic expenditures, the football budget at the coach's disposal and how much it would cost the school to terminate his contract before the end of the year.

Forbes excluded the eight coaches whose salary data is not available in USA Today's database of coaches' pay and also did not consider any coaches who either lost or left their coaching positions in 2012.

In ranking Saban No. 1, Forbes said, "Saban leads all coaches in almost every measure of power. He has college football’s biggest salary ($5.3 million per year), buyout, football budget and portion of his school’s athletic expenses. He is only surpassed in the category of his school’s coaching budget, of which he commands a roughly 30% share. That category is instead led by South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier (No. 8 overall), who collects nearly half of the money South Carolina pays its athletics coaches."