Coaching is the key to having success in football. Athletes matter, but without direction and development, those athletes are useless. Half the college football season is past us with eight coaches making big waves, launching themselves into a Coach of the Year candidacy.
Wins help get recognition, but going undefeated isn’t a prerequisite for the Coach of the Year award. What a coach has done with his team's expectations and talent level is what matters.
The game has been full of distracting story lines and suspensions at times this year, but what these eight men have done with their programs should outshine the bad in college football. Leaders are hard to come by; these eight are among the best leaders in the game this season.