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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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