Many fans and pundits spend the offseason discussing player losses and contingency plans for injuries on various teams. Fans and the media rarely discuss how important certain coaches are to the continuity of the program.
In college football, there is a five-year cycle with players. Even if a player is great as a freshman, he will only be in the program for three more years.
A player will affect what happens on the field for a maximum of four years. A coach will affect what happens on the field for as long as his tenure at that institution is.
The head coaches of football programs receive a lot of publicity, but other than the coordinators, the assistants are basically ignored. Even the most diehard college football fan would struggle to name the wide receiver coach or defensive back coach at their school's rival.
The coaches are the most important aspect of a football program. It does not matter how good the facilities are or how fancy the uniforms look, if a player does not like his position coach, then he is not going to play for that school.
This is a look at the Texas A&M football coaches, ranked by importance to the program.