We know all about the big names in college football, the head coaches in waiting (Will Muschamp) and the big guns who are likely just biding their time until the right offer comes along (Bud Foster).
We even know about the guys who are simply too good to be overlooked (Dick Bumpas, Kirby Smart, and Tyrone Nix).
However, there are still quite a few coaches out there who’s names aren’t spoken about in quite as big a breath as the aforementioned, who could see their skills coming to a school near you in the near future—perhaps even in the next year or two.
Others are simply building their resumes with stellar work as position coaches, recruiting coordinators, offensive or defensive coordinators, etc.
After all, they all have to start somewhere, right? Urban Meyer didn’t become the SEC Championship coach of Florida overnight. He paid his dues as an assistant at both Ohio State and Notre Dame before his journey towards head coaching success began.
Who remembers that Nick Saban was the defensive back’s coach at Michigan State?
Mack Brown’s stint at Iowa State?
Jim Tressel’s stint at Miami (OH)?
The point is, we all start somewhere and the following guys are paying their dues. Some of their names will sound familiar already and, if they continue doing their due diligence, it’s only a matter of time.
However, the majority of them are just buzzing right now and still have some proving to do before the college football world is ready to stand up and take notice. This list is barely a snapshot, as talented coaches exist on every level, but it does highlight a few of the guys who are making it happen with subtle authority.