The all-time great coaches in college football history may come from different walks of life from different parts of the country, but they all have one thing in common: They all had great assistant coaches.
The complexities of a modern college football program are far too large for any one man to handle. That's where the assistants come in.
From developing the underclassmen to developing an offensive or defensive scheme to scouting next week's opponent, assistants are the unheralded, the under-appreciated, yet all-too-important lieutenants in the armies of the gridiron.
Still, most of the great head coaches got their start as unseen assistants, and there's little doubt that the next crop of legends are patiently waiting their turns in the ranks of the assistants.
So who are they? Here, we'll uncover 10 current college football assistant coaches who are ready to make the jump to the big office and should be head coaches themselves.