Nick Sabanís career at a glance
Graduated from Monongah High in Fairmont, W.Va., earning nine letters and all-state honors as a football quarterback, guard in basketball and shortstop in baseball. Led the football team to a state title as a senior in 1968.
Played defensive back at Kent State and started during 1970-72. Led his team to a 6-5-1 record as a senior in 1972, a Mid-American Athletic Conference championship and a Tangerine Bowl bid.
Served as an assistant coach for linebackers or secondary at Kent State (1973-77), Syracuse (1977), West Virginia (1978-79), Ohio State (1980-81) and Navy (1982).
Served as Michigan Stateís defensive coordinator during 1983-87. In 1987, MSU went 9-2-1, beat Southern California in the Rose Bowl, led the nation in rushing defense and were second in scoring defense.
Left Michigan State for the NFL and served as secondary coach for the Houston Oilers during 1988-89.
Served as head coach at Toledo in 1990 and went 9-2, the programís best record since going 9-2 in 1983.
Moved back to the NFL and served as defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Brown during 1991-94. The Browns went 11-5 in 1994 and led the NFL in scoring defense.
Served as head coach at Michigan State during 1995-99 and went 34-24-1, including 10-2 in 1999.
Beat Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame in 1999. Led Big Ten in rushing and total defense.
Went 3-0 against Notre Dame at Michigan State and 2-3 against Michigan.
Beat then-No. 1 Ohio State 28-24 in Columbus, Ohio, in 1998.
Coached LSU during 2000-04, going 48-16, winning SEC championships in 2001 and Ď03 and a national title in 2003.
At LSU, went 4-1 against Alabama, 2-3 against Auburn, 3-2 against Arkansas and 2-1 against Tennessee.
Started 2001 season 4-3 and won the final six, including a victory over then-No. 2 Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game despite not having his starting quarterback, Rohan Davey, who was hurt.
Went 13-1 in 2003 and won a national title. Beat Georgia 34-13 in the SEC Championship Game and Oklahoma 21-14 in the Sugar Bowl.
Moved to the NFL and coached the Dolphins during 2005-06. Posted a 9-7 record in 2005 before falling to 6-10 in í06.
Accepted Alabama head coaching job Jan. 3, 2007.
- Mark Edwards, Daily Sports Editor
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