Nick Saban: Dantonio has ‘done a better job than I ever did’ with Spartans

Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide are set to face off against the Michigan State Spartans in the College Football Playoff. When Saban’s squad goes head-to-head with Mark Dantonio’s Spartans, they will be taking on a program that Saban has some experience with.

From 1983–1987, Saban served as the defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator for Michigan State. From 1995-1999, Saban served as the team’s head coach.

But while Saban has some experience with the Spartans tradition, he acknowledged that he made nowhere near the kind of impact in East Lansing as Dantonio has made during his tenure with the team.

“I think Mark has exceeded the expectations of all of us in terms of what he’s done at Michigan State, and certainly done a better job than I ever did there, I can tell you that,” said Saban, via

“I think he’s done a phenomenal job there and I think as well as anybody could be expected to win the Big Ten championships that he’s won, and to have the kind of consistency and performance they’ve had over the last few years is pretty phenomenal, but not surprising to me.”

Of course, despite all that Dantonio has done for the Spartans, he will have to beat Saban and the Crimson Tide if he wants to close the gap between the two head coachs for all-time accomplishments.

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