Saban Coaching Tree Begins to Blossom

The two biggest landings to date, of course, are Derek Dooley at Tennessee and Jimbo Fisher at Florida State, men who have now risen to the top of traditional powerhouse programs. Perhaps not as well known, however, is Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, who served as a defensive backs coach for five years when Saban resided in East Lansing. Dantonio is now heading into his fourth year at Michigan State after leading the Spartans to three consecutive bowl games. Likewise, Mike Haywood — who spent three years under Saban as running backs coach at LSU — is heading into his second season as head coach at Miami (Ohio). And, finally, another major landing is waiting in the wings with Will Muschamp being dubbed the head coach in waiting at Texas.