When you have a gem as an assistant coach in the SEC, it's best to show them the money and hold on tight.
Great coaching staffs win championships. Just ask Nick Saban, who won a championship in 2003 with Will Muschamp as his defensive coordinator and Jimbo Fisher as his offensive coordinator.
Sometimes, the man underneath the head coach is just as responsible for success as the coach. In some teams' cases, recruiting is a tool for success. For instance, because of the efforts by Clarence McKinney and David Beaty at Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin has plenty of skill players to plug into his scheme this season. There are plenty of toys for "Johnny Football" to play with.
With so many great assistant coaches in the best conference college football has to offer, it's only a matter of time before the best get offered a promotion as head coach somewhere. Here are the most likely candidates.