Nick Saban is one of the most successful college football coaches in history. Since returning to the college football world in 2007, he has led the Alabama Crimson Tide to four SEC championship games and brought home three national championships.
Before he left to the NFL and had an unsuccessful run with the Miami Dolphins, Saban was in charge of the LSU Tigers, which is one big reason why Tiger fans have a bitter spot for him. However, a lot of fans respect him simply because he led one of the greatest LSU teams in history to a national championship in 2003.
The team went 11-1 in the regular season, only losing to Florida, 19-7.
They won the SEC Championship and then the BCS National Championship by defeating Oklahoma, 21-14.
For those who don’t remember some of the names on the list of the coaches that helped lead the LSU team to their first national championship, it was surprisingly loaded.
Of course, there was Saban, but leading the offense and defense are two coaches that have gone on to have very different careers. Jimbo Fisher is now the head coach with the Florida State Seminoles and led the team to the National Championship in 2013, while Will Muschamp went on to coach the Florida Gators for four season, led them to the 2012 Sugar Bowl, and is now the defensive coordinator at Auburn.
Former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley, son of legendary coach Vince Dooley, was the Tigers’ running back coach that season as well.
This just goes to show that Saban not only leads his players to move on to bigger and better things, but his coaches experience that as well.
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