Saban hires former assistant Bobby Williams

Bobby Williams, the former head coach at Michigan State, has been named an assistant coach at LSU, Nick Saban announced on Tuesday. <br><br> Williams, who comes to LSU after a year with the Detroit Lions, coached under Saban for five years at Michigan State and then later, replaced Saban as head coach at the school. Saban said Williams' position on the LSU staff would be determined once the remaining two positions on the coaching staff have been filled.

"Bobby is an outstanding coach and someone that I'm excited about having on our staff here at LSU," Saban said. "He coached with me for five years at Michigan State, serving as associate head coach so I've seen first-hand the type of coach he is.

"We feel that to get a person with Bobby's experience and knowledge on the offensive side of the football will be a tremendous benefit to our football program."

Prior to coaching the NFL's Lions, Williams had a three-year head coaching stint at Michigan State. While at Michigan State, Williams guided the Spartans to a 16-17 overall record, which included a 7-5 mark in 2001. Williams coached the Spartans to a 37-34 win over Florida in the 2000 Citrus Bowl in his first game as a head coach.

Williams then led Michigan State to a 44-35 victory over Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Football Classic to cap the 2001 season.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to join the coaching staff at LSU," Williams said on Monday. "This is a very exciting time to be at LSU and I'm glad to get a chance to be a part of it.

"I enjoyed working with Coach Saban at Michigan State and I'm looking forward to being on his staff again at LSU."

Prior to taking over as head coach at Michigan State, Williams served as an assistant coach for the Spartans from 1990-99, where he coached running backs. During his 10-years as Michigan State's running backs coach, the Spartans had seven 1,000-yard rushers.

Williams has also had coaching stints at Purdue (graduate assistant, 1982), Ball State (running backs and defensive backs, 1983-84) and Eastern Michigan (offensive backfield, 1985-89).

Prior to joining the staff at Michigan State, Williams spent four months coaching wide receivers at Kansas in 1990.

Williams is a 1982 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in general management. At Purdue, Williams earned four letters as a running back/defensive back for the Boilermakers helping his team to nine wins in 1978, 10 victories in 1979 and nine in 1980. Purdue won three bowl games during Williams' career, beating Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl in 1978, Tennessee in the Bluebonnet Bowl in 1979 and Missouri in the Liberty Bowl in 1980.

Williams, who served as one of three team captains as a senior, still ranks among Purdue's all-time leaders with eight interceptions.

Williams, a native of St. Louis, is married to the former Sheila Lee of Detroit. The couple has two children, Nataly (15) and Nicholas (11).

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