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Love him or hate him (and chances are if you're not from Tuscaloosa, you hate him), the man knows how to win.
Just take a look at his record.
His first-ever head coaching gig is at Toledo in 1990. He goes 9-2 and wins the MAC title in his only season.
He spends the next several seasons as a defensive coordinator in the NFL (defensive coordinator, you say?) before taking over as head coach at Michigan State.
Saban took an also-ran in the Big Ten in 1995 and turned them into a top-10 team by 1999, but fled East Lansing before the ink was dry on his massive new LSU contract (beginning the sad trend of coaches not even bothering to coach their team in a bowl game).
Still, Saban was 34-24-1 at MSU, which was apparently good enough to secure an SEC job.
What happened at LSU from 2000 to 2004 is the stuff of which legends are made. Saban was a combined 48-16 with at least a share of three SEC West titles, two SEC championships and a BCS Championship.
Not bad for five seasons of work.
Once again, Saban decided to chase a paycheck and left Baton Rouge for the NFL. After two seasons in which Saban posted a losing record (15-17), he found a new home in Tuscaloosa.
In his five seasons controlling the Tide, Saban has posted a 54-12 record, won two SEC-West crowns, an SEC title and a BCS Championship.
On January 9, Nick Saban will have a chance to become the first coach to win three BCS titles (he's already the first to win two with two separate teams).
At this point, it seems the only thing keeping Nick Saban from becoming the next Bear Bryant is the prospect that there's possibly some other program out there that will find a way to come up with more money that Alabama.