Much noise has been made of the head coaching hires this offseason, and rightfully so. Moves like James Franklin to Penn State and Steve Sarkisian to USC have already made a major impact in recruiting and stand to make even more of an impact on the field.
But what about the men on the coaching tier right below them? The men who run their respective offenses and defenses, who work a more specialized role in charge of those units?
College football is a weird sport where assistant coaches can become famous. The best are held in higher regard than even a majority of head coaches. And this year, just like any other, some of the best moved from stop to stop.
Having said that, falling down a tier from head coach to coordinator can still feel like going from the Hollywood A-list to landing a campy multi-cam sitcom pilot on CBS. And this year, again, just like any other, a couple of FBS coaches got demoted.
With spring practice on the horizon, every new coordinator in the country is ready to start his new tenure, meet his new players and begin that one last step toward becoming or returning to the esteemed ranks of a head coach.
Here's who we'll be watching the closest.