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Brian Kelly called Nick Saban before taking the LSU job

LSU head coach Brian Kelly speaks at SEC Media Days
Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Before taking a new head coaching job it isn’t a bad idea to seek the advice of one of the game’s greatest coaches.

Especially when it’s a school he brought to the promised land.

New LSU head coach Brian Kelly did just that ahead of becoming the newest head coach of the Tigers where he sought out Alabama coach Nick Saban who commanded the Tigers from 2000-2004.

Saban shared the quick story during the SEC head coaches teleconference on Wednesday sharing he believes Kelly will have success at his new destination.

“It’s a good job. A lot of passionate fans there,” Saban said. “People in Louisiana are great people. And I think that they’ve got a great opportunity, they’ve got great history, they’ve got great tradition. I told him that I thought he would do an outstanding job there. It’s certainly gonna be challenging for us playing against.

“They’ve always got good personnel, and now, they’ve got a really good head coach. Not that they’ve not had great coaches in the past, but it’s just a real challenging situation for us. But I’m sure he’ll do a great job here.”

Alabama will travel to Tiger Stadium on Nov. 5 for Kelly’s first game against the Crimson Tide as the head coach of LSU.

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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