Alabama coach Nick Saban has done the impossible.I'm not talking about winning five national championships, although that is pretty impressive. And I'm not talking about his six SEC titles, which also is quite the accomplishment.No, he has done something that never seemed possible: He has made Lane Kiffin a sympathetic figure.Did you see what happened?Saban's Crimson Tide was beating the heck out of Western Kentucky on Saturday. Alabama was up 38-3 with time winding down and Kiffin, Alabama's offensive coordinator, called a play that resulted in a fumble. Western Kentucky scored, making the final 38-10.On the sideline, Saban went crazy on Kiffin. I mean crazy. Nuclear. He practically had a conniption.Saban screamed at Kiffin. Then screamed some more. In front of nearly 102,000 people, not to mention the millions who have since seen it on television and online.It was a bully doing what a bully does. Yelling because he can. Embarrassing someone because he can. Showing his power and proving his authority by dressing down someone who had no choice but to stand there and take it.Now, one could always dismiss the outburst as someone caught up in the passion and emotion of the game. But even after the game, when Saban had a chance to calm down, not only didn't he apologize for his tirade, he seemed to revel in it.When asked what the argument was about, Saban said, "There were no arguments. Those are called (expletive) chewings."So if we weren't sure Saban was berating one of his assistants, he made it perfectly clear.And in that moment, you had to feel bad for Kiffin, and I'm pretty sure no one had ever felt bad for Kiffin before. Kiffin, who gives off that arrogant frat-boy vibe, has burned a trail through Tennessee, USC and the Oakland Raiders.It's hard to feel too bad for a guy who gets paid $2.375 million to, essentially, draw up some football plays in the dirt for a college team. There are a lot of us who would put up with Saban yelling in our faces for a fraction of that. But that's not what this is about. It's about a coach acting like a horse's rear on a fairly regular basis and getting away with it because he wins a lot more games than he loses.I bet 99.9 percent of 'Bama fans have no problem with anything that Saban does because, for one, he wins a ton of games and, two, he runs a clean program. Alabama might have an arrest here and there, but no more than most schools. Overall, Saban's program has never been a problem or an embarrassment to the school, and that's worth something. Let's be honest, most fans would gladly trade in their coach for Saban.And, many will argue, this is football. If you want niceties, sign up for the chess club.But when it comes to Saban, ESPN's Tony Kornheiser had a great line, suggesting that Saban is the country's best coach but seems to have contempt for every other human being on the planet.Remember when Saban got all huffy over the summer when ESPN and longtime SEC media personality Paul Finebaum questioned him for not suspending a couple of players who had been arrested? Finebaum told veteran journalist Buddy Martin, formerly of the St. Petersburg Times and Florida Today , that Kiffin was the victim of a "drive-by.""I'm still not certain why Saban did it," Finebaum said. "Although I'm sure it was because he can. These things are mostly for show — pure drama. Saban wants focus on Ole Miss to be better, and he blows up on a guy he couldn't have won last year's national title without. Go figure."Saban certainly has a right to be upset with his team getting sloppy or with Kiffin for calling a bonehead play. Coaches like Saban have no tolerance for sloppiness. That's part of what makes them so special.But Saban couldn't have waited a few minutes? Couldn't he have waited until he got Kiffin in the locker room before dressing him down?Saban's hard-guy act seemed intentional for the cameras, especially when he seemed to boast about it in the postgame news conference. That makes me think it was all about Saban showing the world what a tough coach he is instead of trying to make his team better.The bigger point here is that you just don't have to treat people that way. I said the same thing last year when Gators coach Jim McElwain laid into a player on the sideline with a profanity-laced tirade after the player made a throat-slash gesture that McElwain deemed classless. McElwain half-apologized, but only after his mom scolded him.Again, I'm all for a coach preaching discipline. And I can hear many of you now talking about the "wussification of America," how I'm just trying to be politically correct.But you don't have to punish a kid or even an assistant coach by berating and demeaning, particularly when that kid or coach cannot fight back because the head coach has all the power. That is what makes a bully a bully.Here's the bottom line: Saban is a jerk.But a winning jerk.He can treat people like dirt and get away with it because his teams win a whole lot more games than they lose. And, ultimately, that's all fans really care about.