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Saban Revives Michigan State

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Nick Saban Michigan State
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Michigan State was not Saban's first head coaching job -- he spent one year at Toledo, leading the Rockets to a 9-2 record in 1990 -- but it was with the Spartans that Saban proved his worth at the major college level. He arrived in 1995 to find a program in shambles, as State had not enjoyed a winning season since 1990. He didn't exactly win big in East Lansing, going 34-24-1 in five seasons, but did coach the Spartans to a 9-2 mark in 1999. He left after the regular season to take the head coaching job at LSU. The Spartans would go on to beat Florida in the Citrus Bowl, finishing 10-2 and ranked in the Top 10.
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