College football coaches have vastly different responsibilities than their NFL peers. They double as nurturing mentors for young athletes, teaching them lessons through football so they can succeed in whatever they may do in the future. To the contrary, pro coaches are measured strictly by winning and losing.
A move to the NFL may be precarious, but it is not impossible. Pete Carroll, Greg Schiano and Jim Harbaugh have all recently made successful transitions.
Carroll is in his third season with the Seattle Seahawks with one playoff appearance and a team that is 6-4 in 2012. While his NFL career record (53-53) is not overly impressive, Carroll has proven he can coach competently at the pro level.
Greg Schiano left Rutgers to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this year and has completely changed the culture of the franchise. Tampa is 6-4 and riding a four-game winning streak, averaging 34.8 PPG in that stretch.
Harbaugh is 20-5-1 in less than two seasons at the helm for San Francisco, and took the Niners to the NFC Championship game last year.
With some head coach spots being vacated after this season, let's take a look at some college coaches who could make the jump successfully.