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What are some facts about Nick Saban?

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Nick Saban has been a coach in college football and professional football since the 1970s. As of 2015, Saban is most famous for winning three Bowl Championship Series championships as the head coach of the University of Alabama's football team.

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Saban was born Oct. 31, 1951 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Saban began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Kent State University in 1973. Throughout the 1970s, he served as a defensive assistant for the football teams at Syracuse University, West Virginia University, Ohio State University and the U.S. Naval Academy. He first became a defensive coordinator at Michigan State University in 1983 and served there for four years.

Saban's first worked in the National Football League as a defensive backs coach for the Houston Oilers in 1988 and 1989. In 1990, he received his first head coaching job at the University of Toledo. However, he left the team for a defensive coordinator job with the NFL's Cleveland Browns in 1991. Saban worked with Bill Belichick, who later coached the New England Patriots to several Super Bowls, for four years.

In 1995, Saban became the head coach of Michigan State University. Saban led the team to three bowl appearances in five years. In 2000, he moved on and took the head coaching job at Louisiana State University, where he won a BCS championship in 2003. In 2005, Saban earned a head coaching job with the NFL's Miami Dolphins. However, the Dolphins' winning percentage under Saban was below 50 percent.

In 2007, he took the head coaching job at the University of Alabama. As of 2015, he has won three championships with the team. Saban was the first coach to win a national championship with two different teams.

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