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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Saban gets promoted

     January 18, 1962 -- The future of the Buffalo Bills started to look a great deal brighter on this day.

     The Bills had stumbled through their first two years under coach Buster Ramsey. When the team decided to make a change at that point, it didn't take long to find a replacement. Lou Saban was already in town.

     Saban served as the head coach of the Boston Patriots in that team's first season in 1960. He went 7-12 there, but lost his job after five games in the 1961 season. Saban landed in Buffalo's front office.

     Saban started making moves immediately. He hired a brand-new coaching staff, including assistant Joel Collier, and started making deals in order to put together an improved team.

     Saban needed a little time to build a winner, but by the end of 1963 the Bills were contenders in the AFL's East. From there, Buffalo won AFL titles under Saban in 1964 and 1965.

     The coach left for the University at Maryland, but as we know he wasn't quite done with Buffalo.

--- Budd Bailey

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