As the legend of Alabama football coach Nick Saban continues to be written, he is beginning to create a pretty impressive list of former assistants who are hitting the big time.
Saban himself comes from the Bill Belichick coaching tree.
As he continues to win year after year and add more and more national titles to his trophy case, Saban's assistant coaches are often the ones reaping the rewards.
The drawback of continued success is that most of the football world naturally assumes that the assistants are going to follow in the footsteps of their mentor's success. Often, they're right.
Alabama has lost many coaches to other positions and faster career paths during Saban's tenure, and as hot of a commodity as current defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is, he may very well be the next to go.
Here is a list of the top five coaches who grown into head-coaching positions after learning from the master.