Saban at an Alabama practice in 2009.
|Annual salary||US$5.3M |
October 31, 1951 |
Fairmont, West Virginia
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Kent State (GA)
Kent State (D. Asst.)
Syracuse (D. Asst.)
West Virginia (D. Asst.)
Ohio State (DB)
Navy (D. Asst.)
Michigan State (DB/DC)
Houston Oilers (DB)
Cleveland Browns (DC)
|Head coaching record|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
4 National Championships (2003, 2009, 2011, 2012)
4 SEC Championships (2001, 2003, 2009, 2012)
6 SEC Western Division Titles (2001–2003, 2008–2009, 2012)
2× AP National Coach of the Year (2003, 2008)
2003 Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
2× Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2003, 2008)
2008 Home Depot Coach of the Year Award
2008 Walter Camp Coach of the Year
2008 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award
2008 SN Coach of the Year
3× SEC Coach of the Year (2003, 2008–2009)
2009 AFCA Region II Coach of the Year
2010 Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award
Nicholas Lou "Nick" Saban (//; born October 31, 1951) is an American college football coach and the current head coach of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team. Saban previously served as head coach of the National Football League's Miami Dolphins and three other NCAA universities: LSU, Michigan State, and Toledo. His eight-year contract totalling US$32 million made him one of the highest paid football coaches, professional or college, in the United States at the time. He appeared on the September 1, 2008 cover of Forbes magazine as "The Most Powerful Coach in Sports". Saban's career record as a collegiate head coach is 154–55–1.[a]
Saban led LSU to the 2003 BCS National Championship and Alabama to the 2009, 2011 and 2012 BCS and AP National Championships, making him the first coach in college football history to win a national championship with two different Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools. Saban and Paul "Bear" Bryant are the only coaches to win an SEC championship at two different schools.
Assistant football coach 
Saban had not intended to enter coaching until Don James, his coach at Kent State made him a graduate assistant while he waited for his wife to graduate. He later served as an assistant coach at Syracuse, West Virginia, Ohio State, Navy and Michigan State in NCAA Division I-A, and with the Houston Oilers and Cleveland Browns in the National Football League. Saban is considered part of the Bill Belichick coaching tree, having worked under him in Cleveland.
Head football coach 
Saban was hired as head coach at the University of Toledo on December 22, 1989. Coming off of 6–5 seasons in both 1988 and 1989, the Rockets found quick success under Nick Saban, going 9–2. The two games the Rockets lost that season were by narrow margins: one point to Central Michigan, and four points to Navy. Saban turned down an application of Urban Meyer, who was looking for a job on his staff. With the 9–2 season, Toledo was co-champion of the Mid-American Conference. Saban resigned as Toledo's head coach the following February after one season to become defensive coordinator of the National Football League's Cleveland Browns under Bill Belichick.
Michigan State 
When Saban arrived in East Lansing, Michigan prior to the 1995 season, MSU had not had a winning season since 1990, and the team was sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations committed under his predecessor and former mentor, George Perles.
- 1995–1997 – Beginning in 1995, Saban moderately improved MSU's fortunes, taking the Spartans to minor bowl games (all of which they lost by double-digit margins) in each of his first three seasons. From 1995 to 1997, Michigan State finished 6–5–1, 6–6, and 7–5. In comparison, MSU had finished 5–6, 6–6 and 5–6 (prior to NCAA forfeits) in 1992–1994.
- 1998 – On November 7, 1998, the Spartans upset the No. 1 ranked Ohio State 28–24 at Ohio Stadium. However, even after the upset and an early-season rout of then-highly-ranked Notre Dame the Spartans finished 6–6, including three last-minute losses featuring turnovers, defensive lapses, and special-teams misplays, and failed to earn a bowl invitation.
- 1999 – Saban led the Spartans to a 9–2 season that included wins over Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State. However, the two losses were routs at the hands of Purdue and Wisconsin. Following the final regular-season game against Penn State, Saban abruptly resigned to accept the head coaching position with LSU. Saban's assistant head coach and successor, Bobby Williams, then coached MSU to a Citrus Bowl victory over Florida, giving the Spartans an overall record of 10–2 for the 1999 season. It would be the best season in terms of wins for the Spartans since 1965, and it would see the Spartans reach their highest ranking since the 1966 team. Future NFL Head Coach Josh McDaniels served as a Graduate Assistant on Saban's 1999 coaching staff.
- 2000 – In 2000, the Tigers went 8–4 and won the Peach Bowl. The season was somewhat marred by several lopsided losses, including a 34–17 loss to the Auburn Tigers, a 13–10 loss to the UAB Blazers, and a 41–9 loss to the Florida Gators.
- 2001 – Saban led LSU to a 10–3 record, including an SEC Championship and a Sugar Bowl victory. After a loss to the Ole Miss Rebels, the Tigers finished the year with six straight wins, including a win over No. 2 Tennessee in the 2001 SEC Championship Game, and a 47–34 win over Illinois in the 2002 Sugar Bowl. It was the first outright SEC championship for LSU since 1986, and the first time the Tigers had won the Sugar Bowl since 1968.
- 2002 – The season opened with high expectations, but a 26–8 loss at the hands of Virginia Tech raised serious questions about their outlook. However, the Tigers would rebound to win their next six straight, but after a mid-season injury to quarterback Matt Mauck, LSU lost four of its last six games to close the season, including a 21-20 loss at Arkansas, which knocked the Tigers out of the SEC Championship Game, and forced them to share the SEC West Division title with the Razorbacks. LSU also suffered a 35–20 loss to Texas in the Cotton Bowl Classic, and finished 8–5.
- 2003 – The Tigers started the season with five wins, including a 17–10 victory in Tiger Stadium over the defending SEC champion, and then undefeated, Georgia Bulldogs. LSU lost the following week to Florida, 19–7. After the loss to Florida, LSU did not lose again in the regular season and ended its regular season with a win over the Arkansas Razorbacks to win the SEC West. After winning the SEC West, the Tigers defeated the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. They were ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings and advanced to play the BCS No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners in the Sugar Bowl, which was the host of the BCS Championship Game in 2003. The Tigers won the game 21–14. By virtue of winning the game, LSU finished first in the USA Today Coaches Poll and was awarded the BCS title, thereby winning a national championship for only the second time in school history, and for the first time since Paul Dietzel and Billy Cannon led the Tigers to the 1958 National Championship, although the top-ranked (both major polls) University of Southern California Trojans, who finished #3 in the BCS standings, won the AP version of the national championship with a Rose Bowl victory over Michigan.
- 2004 – LSU finished the season 9–3, after losing to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Capital One Bowl 30–25 on a final play touchdown pass. Other losses that season were on the road at Auburn 10–9, and a loss on the road to Georgia 45–16. At the end of the 2004 season, Saban left LSU to coach the Miami Dolphins.
Miami Dolphins 
Nick Saban accepted the job of head coach for the Miami Dolphins on December 25, 2004.
- 2005 – The season and the Nick Saban era officially kicked off with a 34–10 win over the Denver Broncos. From there, however, the Dolphins struggled, losing seven of their next nine games to fall to 3–7. The two wins came over the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints, a game that took place in Tiger Stadium due to Hurricane Katrina. After a frustrating two months, however, the Dolphins would rally late in the season, as they won their final six games, including a win to end the season in Foxboro, Massachusetts over the New England Patriots. The team finished the year 9–7, and narrowly missed the playoffs in Saban's first season.
- 2006 – Going into the 2006 season, the Dolphins were expected to contend for a playoff spot. The season, however, turned out to be a major disappointment. Quarterback Daunte Culpepper never recovered from his devastating knee injury from the previous season, and was ultimately benched after the fourth game of the season, when the Dolphins lost to the Houston Texans. Culpepper was eventually put on Injured Reserve. After starting the season 1–6, however, the Dolphins got hot. They won four straight games, including wins over the Chicago Bears, who were previously unbeaten, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Suddenly, the Dolphins were back in the playoff hunt at 5–6, but a 24–10 loss the following week to the Jacksonville Jaguars all but ended their playoff hopes. The Dolphins would rebound the following week with a 21–0 win over the New England Patriots. The win would be the last bright spot for the Dolphins in the 2006 season. Quarterback Joey Harrington was eventually benched in favor of third-string quarterback Cleo Lemon. While the defense was very good, the offense was anemic, with the only bright spot being running back Ronnie Brown, who gained over 1,000 rushing yards on the season. The Dolphins would lose their next two games to the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets to finish 6–10, Saban's first losing season as a head coach.
On November 27, 2006, The University of Alabama announced that head coach Mike Shula had been dismissed. Nick Saban was rumored to be at the top of Alabama's wish list, but Saban refused to discuss the job while his NFL season was still underway. During the month of December 2006, Saban was repeatedly questioned by the media about the Alabama job, and he repeatedly denied the rumors in his weekly press conferences, stating on December 21 "I guess I have to say it. I'm not going to be the Alabama coach."  Saban did eventually meet with Alabama officials on January 1, 2007, following the Dolphins' season ending loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
The circumstances involved in his departure from the Dolphins earned him widespread criticism, particularly from former Dolphins tight end/radio broadcaster Jim Mandich, who publicly expressed desire to fight Saban on the NFL Top 10 series.
On January 3, 2007, following a meeting with Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga, Saban announced that he had accepted an offer to become Alabama's 27th head coach . On January 4, 2007, at a press conference on the Alabama campus, Nick Saban was officially introduced as the head football coach of The University of Alabama . On September 1, 2007, his Crimson Tide opened the season with a 52–6 win over the Western Carolina Catamounts, scoring more points than during any game in the 2006 season. Saban became the fifth Alabama coach since 1900 to start his first season 3–0, earning a win over then-ranked No. 16 Arkansas Razorbacks. Alabama ended the regular season with a 6–6 record, including a four-game losing streak, a particularly humiliating loss at home to Louisiana-Monroe, and a sixth straight loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl. The Tide defeated Colorado in the 2007 Independence Bowl, 30–24, to end the year 7–6.[a]
During his second year as head coach of the Tide, Saban led his team from a sub-par season in 2007 to a perfect 12–0 regular season record. Saban finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in his career as a head coach as he led the Crimson Tide to its first undefeated regular season since 1994. His second season at the Capstone began with a 34–10 victory over the No. 9 ranked Clemson Tigers in the 2008 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff in the Georgia Dome. Three weeks later Alabama had a convincing 49–14 road-win over Arkansas. The Tide followed that victory with an impressive 41–30 win over the No. 3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs. After the Georgia game, the Tide won consecutive home games against the Kentucky Wildcats and the Ole Miss Rebels and finished the month of October with a 29–9 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville. Following a 35–0 homecoming victory over Arkansas State, the Crimson Tide became No. 1 in all major polls in Week 10—following a loss by No. 1 Texas to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. It was the first time since the 1980 season that Alabama held the top spot during the regular season. The Tide took their No. 1 ranking into Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and came out with a 27–21 overtime victory. With the win, Alabama clinched its first SEC Western Division Championship since 1999 and guaranteed the team a trip to the 2008 SEC championship game. The Tide then improved to 11–0 with a win at home over Mississippi State. To finish the regular season, Bama defeated in-state rival Auburn, 36–0, the largest margin of victory in the series since 1962. It was Alabama's first victory over Auburn since the 2001 season. In the SEC Championship Game, Alabama suffered its first defeat in a 31–20 loss to the SEC Eastern Division Champion Florida Gators (who later won the 2008 BCS Championship), and closed out the season with a 31–17 loss to Utah in the Sugar Bowl to finish the season at 12–2. For his efforts during the season, Saban received several Coach of the Year awards.
No. 5 Alabama began Saban's third year by defeating the No. 7 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies in the 2009 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff, 34–24. The Crimson Tide followed up with wins over Florida International and North Texas. The following week Alabama won its conference opener over Arkansas, 35–7. In its fifth game of the year Alabama beat Kentucky, 38–20. The sixth game of the season featured a hard-fought defensive battle with Bama defeating Ole Miss, 22–3. The seventh game was the same as Alabama defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks, 20–6. The next day, Alabama moved up to No. 1 in the AP poll for the second straight year. The next week Alabama beat Tennessee 12–10, when Terrence Cody blocked Tennessee's game winning field goal attempt with four seconds left, sealing the victory and improving the team's record to 8–0. After a bye week Alabama clinched its second straight SEC West Division Championship by knocking off LSU, 24–15. The next week Alabama trounced Mississippi State, 31–3, securing the second straight 10-win season for Alabama. Following a 45–0 blowout of Chattanooga, on Black Friday, Alabama came from behind to defeat Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers, 26–21, marking the first time since 1973–1974 Alabama had finished the regular season undefeated in consecutive years, and the first consecutive 12-win seasons. The Crimson Tide defeated the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship, 32–13, in a rematch of the previous year's championship game. The championship represented Alabama's 22nd SEC title and its first since 1999. Saban's Crimson Tide ended the season with a 37–21 victory over the Texas Longhorns in the National Championship to finish a perfect 14–0. The win secured Saban's second national championship and Alabama's 13th, and its first in BCS era. Following the victory over the Longhorns, The University of Alabama announced that it would unveil a statue of Saban in the week prior to the kickoff of the 2010 season. On April 16, 2011, a life-sized bronzed statue of Saban was unveiled at the 2011 A-Day spring game, making him the fifth coach to be immortalized outside the north end zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium.
At the start of his fourth season, Alabama was overwhelmingly chosen as the preseason No. 1 team in both the AP and Coaches Poll. It was the first time since 1978 that the Crimson Tide started the season ranked #1. In the season opener in front a record crowd of 101,821, Alabama defeated San Jose State, 48–3. The following week, the Tide defeated Joe Paterno and the #23 Penn State 24–3 in their first meeting since 1990. The next week vs Duke, Mark Ingram made his first start of the 2010 season leading Alabama to a 62–13 victory. The next week Alabama overcame a 20–7 deficit to win its conference opener against #10 Arkansas, 24–20. On October 2, Alabama defeated #7 Florida 31–6. The following week Alabama lost to #19 South Carolina 35–21, snapping a 19-game win streak (29 in regular season). Alabama bounced back with a 23–10 win over Ole Miss, and followed that up with a 41–10 victory over Tennessee. After a bye week, Alabama suffered its second loss of the season, losing to #10 LSU, 24–21. The following week, Alabama bounced back at home defeating #17 Mississippi State, 30–10. The game marked the 800th victory for the University of Alabama's football program. The following week Alabama defeated Georgia State 63–7, the most points for Alabama since 1979. In the Iron Bowl, Alabama lost to in-state rival (and eventual BCS champions) #2 Auburn 28–27, snapping a 20-game home winning streak. In winning the game Auburn overcame a 24–0 second quarter Alabama lead, thus marking the largest deficit any team had overcome to defeat the Crimson Tide in its vaunted football program's history. Alabama was selected to play in the 2011 Capital One Bowl and in their first ever meeting, Alabama defeated #7 Michigan State 49–7 in the largest margin of victory in that bowl game. The bowl victory brought Alabama to 10-3 on the season and secured Alabama's third consecutive 10-win season.
At the start of his fifth season, Alabama came into the season ranked No. 2 in the country. In the first game of the season, Alabama defeated Saban's alma mater Kent State 48–7. The next week, Alabama traveled to Penn State for the first time since 1989 and defeated Joe Paterno and #23 Nittany Lions 27–11. Alabama recorded its first shutout of the season by defeating North Texas 41–0. In the conference opener, Alabama defeated #12 Arkansas 38–14. The next week Alabama traveled to The Swamp and defeated the 12th-ranked Florida Gators 38–10. The following week at homecoming, Alabama shut out Vanderbilt, defeating them 34–0. Alabama then traveled to Oxford and defeated Ole Miss 52–7. In week 8, Alabama defeated their rival Tennessee 37–6 by scoring 31 unanswered points in the second half. After a bye week, Alabama played host to #1 LSU, losing in overtime 9–6. This was the first time in SEC history that two conference teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the polls played each other during the regular season. Alabama rebounded the next week after struggling in the first half, with a win over Mississippi State 24–7. The next week, Alabama defeated FCS 3rd ranked Georgia Southern 45–21 on Senior Day. This win gave Saban his fourth consecutive 10-win season, tying Bear Bryant from 1977–80. In the Iron Bowl, Alabama defeated Auburn 42–14. This was Saban's third win over the Tigers in four years. On December 4, Alabama was selected to face LSU in the BCS National Championship Game by finishing No. 2 in the final BCS rankings, the first time in college football history that two teams from the same conference (much less the same division of the same conference) played each other for the BCS Championship. In the rematch, Alabama defeated the Tigers 21–0 with a dominating defensive performance, improving Saban's record to 3–3 against Les Miles and his former employer LSU. The win secured Saban his third BCS Championship, his second with Alabama. He is the only coach in college football to win three BCS Championships and the first coach since Tom Osborne to win three National Championships.
At the start of his sixth season, Alabama came into the season ranked No. 2 in both preseason polls for the second consecutive year. Alabama opened the season at Cowboys Stadium against #8 Michigan in the first meeting between the schools since the 2000 Orange Bowl with Alabama winning 41–14. The next week, Alabama moved up to #1 in both polls, marking the fifth consecutive year the Tide have reached the top spot. A few days later, Alabama shut out Western Kentucky 35–0. Alabama opened up conference play the next week by routing Arkansas 52–0 in their sixth consecutive win over the Razorbacks. In week 4, Alabama defeated FAU 40–7, giving Saban his 150th win. The next week, the Tide defeated Ole Miss 33–14. Following a bye week, Alabama traveled to Columbia, MO for the first time since 1978 and defeated the Missouri Tigers 42–10 in their first meeting as conference opponents. The next week Alabama defeated their rival Tennessee 44–13 for the sixth consecutive year. On homecoming, Alabama beat undefeated #13 Mississippi State 38–7. In a rematch of the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, Alabama overcame a late deficit with less than a minute left to defeat #5 LSU 21-17. The next week, Alabama suffered their first loss of the season to new conference member #15 Texas A&M 29-24. Alabama rebounded the following week recording its third shutout of the season defeating Western Carolina 49-0. The win secured Alabama's fifth consecutive 10-win season tying the longest streak from 1971-1975. In the Iron Bowl, Alabama defeated Auburn 49-0 to secure its third SEC Western Division Championship under Saban. It is the second biggest margin of victory in the rivalry's history and first shutout since 2008. It is Alabama's fourth shutout of the season (second time back-to-back) and second year in a row the Tide finish the regular season 11-1. In the SEC Championship, Alabama overcame a late drive by #3 Georgia to defeat the Bulldogs 32-28 winning the schools 23rd conference title. It is Alabama's first conference championship since 2009 and Saban's fourth overall (2nd with Alabama). The win also clinched a spot in a BCS bowl game for the fourth time in five years. On December 2, Alabama finished 2nd in the final BCS rankings for the second consecutive season. On January 7, 2013, #2 Alabama faced #1 Notre Dame in the first meeting between the schools since 1987, defeating the Irish 42-14 in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. The win gave Alabama their 15th National Championship and their third championship in four years. Alabama won back-to-back national titles for the first time since 1978-79. The title was Saban's fourth National Championship (3rd overall with the Crimson Tide tying him with Wallace Wade for 2nd all-time at Alabama).
Oversigning accusations 
On September 24, 2010, The Wall Street Journal published an article suggesting the University of Alabama and its head coach, Nick Saban, had encouraged some players to accept medical scholarships in order to make room for incoming scholarship freshmen. A medical scholarship allows a student athlete to stay on scholarship and finish his/her degree but not participate in the sport nor count against scholarship limits.
Three former Alabama players were interviewed and claimed Saban encouraged them to accept the scholarship because of nagging injuries in 2008 and 2009. Two of the players said they thought they could continue while one said the choice was left entirely up to him and was based on the many conversations he had with the team's doctors and trainers over the course of his junior year.
Doug Walker, the school's associate athletic director for media relations, released a statement that said "Decisions about medical disqualifications for student-athletes are made by medical professionals and adhere to the parameters outlined by the NCAA…and the Southeastern Conference."
No member of Saban's staff, the University's medical advisers, nor any outside neutral sources were interviewed for the article.
On September 29, 2010 Saban responded to questions about the Wall Street Journal Article, "We don't make the decision about medicals. I have nothing to do with that. Those are medical decisions made by our medical staff. I think we have one of the finest medical staffs in the country. I don't have any question about the fact every player we have given a medical to, it's been because of the medical opinion of the medical staff," Saban said. "Those guys should not continue to play football because it would put their future in tremendous risk. Those decisions are always made in the best interest of the player. Whether the player agrees with that or not, I can't control. I don't make the decision. They don't make the decision as players. That's why we have a medical staff."
On November 25, 2010, the Wall Street Journal reported that three former Alabama players said "Mr. Saban's statement about their departures (from the University) wasn't accurate." On August 5, 2009, in a press conference Saban made a reference to four players Prince Hall, Brandon Fanney, Alonzo Lawrence and Jermaine Preyear. "These guys all did something. It doesn't make them bad people.…These guys didn't do what they were supposed to do here, whether it was for academic reasons or whatever. They're not going to be part of the program." Lawrence and Preyear told The Wall Street Journal they committed no such violations. Preyear went on to say that Alabama and Saban had only claimed as much so as to protect the image of their program in the eyes of future recruits. The article also states that Mr. Hall and Mr. Fanney "had both faced disciplinary action in the past."
Prince Hall, a starter and All-American as freshman, had been suspended for the 3rd time during the Spring according to published reports, the last being categorized as indefinite. Brandon Fanney, a 14 game starter from the previous season, had been suspended for rules violations during the Spring.
Preyear, who decided to transfer six months after enrolling during the Spring, said he chose to leave over concerns about playing time. "I don't know any rules I could have broken." The article goes on to quote Alabama State head coach, Reggie Barlow, that Preyear "isn't playing because of low grades."
Alonzo Lawrence reasons for transfer were unclear, but according to his high school coach, his trouble at Alabama "wasn't anything major," and tied it to things like being late to team meetings. Lawrence transferred to Southern Miss before moving on to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
In early 2011, after National Signing Day, Saban and the University of Alabama again became the subjects of media criticism after they again appeared to have oversigned. When asked about the appearance of being oversigned during his Signing Day press conference, Saban gave a 431-word response in which he denied being oversigned but refused to clarify the situation by explaining how many scholarship players departed the program after the 2010 season. Further raising questions about Saban and Alabama, Birmingham News journalist, Kevin Scarbinsky, revealed a few days after Saban's press conference that in numerous requests by the newspaper for the scholarship numbers of public universities in the state of Alabama, the University of Alabama has been the only one to completely redact scholarship numbers for every sport in which it participates. The article went on to quote university spokesperson Deborah Lane as stating "Federal privacy laws prevent the University from providing the media with personally identifiable information related to its students."
Personal life 
Nick Lou Saban was born in Fairmont, West Virginia to Nick Lou Saban, Sr. and his wife, Mary. Nick grew up and graduated high school near the small community of Monongah, West Virginia, about 90 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On December 18, 1971, he married Terry Saban (née Constable) from West Virginia. They have two children, a son named Nicholas and a daughter named Kristen. He is a devout Roman Catholic and attends Mass before games.
Saban graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, where he played defensive back for the football team. Along with a roommate, he avoided being amidst the infamous Kent State shootings when they decided to eat lunch before walking to the rally area. Saban owns a vacation home on Lake Burton in northeast Georgia.
Nick Saban is of Croatian origin. Bill Belichick, with whom Nick Saban is good friends, said, when speaking about him and Saban: "Two successful Croats in the same division of NFL. You must admit, you don't see that every day."
Nick Saban shares his last name with another famous football coach, Lou Saban. Lou's wife Joyce has stated that the men might be second cousins, but that the families are not sure if they are related.
Saban made a cameo appearance as himself in the movie The Blind Side. In August 2010, the movie "Nick Saban: Gamechanger" was released. Included in the film are interviews from Belichick and Alabama athletic director Mal Moore, among others.
Saban is also the co-founder, along with his wife Terry, of the foundation Nick's Kids. This foundation has been used by the Sabans to help mentally-challenged children ever since Saban started head coaching. In the first three years at Alabama, Nick's Kids raised more than $1 million.
Coaching tree 
Over the years, former assistant coaches under Saban have gone on to take head coaching positions at FBS schools. Most notably from Saban's LSU tenure are Jimbo Fisher, Will Muschamp, Mike Haywood and Derek Dooley. Bobby Williams, current assistant coach at Alabama took over at Michigan State after Saban left for LSU. Another assistant from his time at Michigan State University, Mark Dantonio, is currently MSU's Head Coach. Jim McElwain, Saban's offensive coordinator at Alabama from 2008 through 2011, was named head coach at Colorado State University on December 13, 2011. Jeremy Pruitt, a defensive assistant and recruiting coordinator under Saban at Alabama from 2010 to 2012, was named the defensive coordinator for Florida State University on December 20, 2012.
Head coaching record 
|Toledo Rockets (Mid-American Conference) (1990)|
|Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Conference) (1995–1999)|
|1995||Michigan State||6–5–1||4–3–1||5th||L Independence|
|1996||Michigan State||6–6||5–3||5th||L Sun|
|1997||Michigan State||7–5||4–4||6th||L Aloha|
|1999||Michigan State||9–2*||6–2||2nd||Invited to Citrus*||9*||9*|
|Michigan State:||34–24–1||23–16–1||* Saban resigned before bowl game.|
|LSU Tigers (Southeastern Conference) (2000–2004)|
|2000||LSU||8–4||5–3||3rd (West)||W Peach||22|
|2001||LSU||10–3||5–3||1st (West)||W Sugar†||8||7|
|2002||LSU||8-5||5–3||T–2nd (West)||L Cotton|
|2003||LSU||13–1||7-1||1st (West)||W BCS NCG†||1||2|
|2004||LSU||9–3||6–2||2nd (West)||L Capital One||16||16|
|Alabama Crimson Tide (Southeastern Conference) (2007–present)|
|2007||Alabama||7–6[a]||4–4[a]||T–3rd (West)||W Independence|
|2008||Alabama||12–2||8–0||1st (West)||L Sugar†||6||6|
|2009||Alabama||14–0||8–0||1st (West)||W BCS NCG†||1||1|
|2010||Alabama||10–3||5–3||3rd (West)||W Capital One||11||10|
|2011||Alabama||12–1||7–1||2nd (West)||W BCS NCG†||1||1|
|2012||Alabama||13–1||7–1||1st (West)||W BCS NCG†||1||1|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|†Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|MIA||2005||9||7||0||.563||2nd in AFC East||–||–||–||–|
|MIA||2006||6||10||0||.375||4th in AFC East||–||–||–||–|
- ^Saban's on-the-field record in 2007 was 7–6 (4–4 SEC). The NCAA ruled that Alabama must vacate 21 victories due to sanctions stemming from textbook-related infractions. The infractions, and 16 of the vacated victories, began under previous coach Mike Shula, and continued until they were discovered during the 2007 season, Saban's first in Tuscaloosa, and thus the official NCAA record for that year reflects a 2–6 mark.
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