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Date Hired (LSU): November 30, 1999
Date Hired (Alabama): January 3, 2007
Key Accomplishments: Four national titles (Alabama 3, LSU 1), Seven BCS berths (Alabama 5, LSU 2) four SEC titles (Alabama 2, LSU 2), Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner.
Nick Saban is the best coach in college football right now for a reason.
He has won four BCS titles, reached seven BCS bowls and coached Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram.
He took a 3-8 LSU team and won eight or more games in every season during his five-year stint. Now, the Tigers are still perennial SEC contenders. He then took an Alabama team that hadn't won an SEC title since 1999 and brought it three national titles in four years.
Most college coaches would kill for one BCS ring, but Saban has four—and likely more to come.
Saban has 'Bama as college football's strongest program right now, and he seems to draw in No. 1 recruiting classes with ease.
Alabama recently realized just how good this hire was, as it extended his contract. Athletic director Bill Battle explained the decision, calling Saban college football's best:
We are pleased to announce that head football coach Nick Saban has agreed to a new long-term agreement. Coach Saban is the best in the business and has led our program to the pinnacle of college football. This agreement is a strong indication of our mutual commitment to building on the foundation he has established.