LSU spent big to hire an established football coach from a program where he experienced success,

The new hire's arrival brought expectations of brighter days for the Tigers — sooner than later.

The year was 2000 Nick Saban was preparing for his first season as LSU’s coach

The Tigers had plundered Saban by doubling his Michigan State salary

He joined Bobby Bowden, Steve Spurrier and Phillip Fulmer as coaches earning seven figures.

A program that produced three victories in its final season under Gerry DiNardo won eight games in Saban’s debut.

LSU fan should apologize for demanding Year 1 success. In fact, hold Kelly to the Saban standard.

Saban delivered an 8-4 record and a Top 25 finish in his first LSU season

The Tigers will open against Florida State on Sunday in New Orleans.

The Seminoles are farther removed from their glory days than the Tigers