College Football 2011 Power Rankings: The 10 Smartest Coaches on the Sidelines

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College Football 2011 Power Rankings: The 10 Smartest Coaches on the Sidelines
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Joe Paterno might no longer be among the best living coaches, but he's a legend in his own right

Coaching probably matters in football more than in any other sport. Particularly college football.

To have the work ethic and leadership to unite 70+ kids, all with different needs and personalities, takes something special. 

Sometimes it's easiest to tell who the guys are that don't have it. The biggest tell-tale sign is a team that consistently plays great one week and poorly the next—great coaches get their players ready for every game. 

Take a look at Stanford from the past couple of seasons. Jim Harbaugh and his staff had their team prepared to play every single week. That's mainly the reason why he's now making $5 million per season coaching the 49ers in the NFL. 

It's also easier to become a legend while coaching in college football. NFL teams don't erect statues of coaches outside of stadiums for winning one championship—but colleges do. 

With over 100 competing teams, winning a national championship in college football is extremely difficult. Being competitive every single year, in comparison, is not. 

The best in the game can consistently get to 10 wins.

Rack up the W's, get a bunch of conference championships and capture one national title and you're set for a while. 

Just ask Joe Paterno, who has only won two titles (1982, 1986) in his 44 seasons at Penn State. Joe Pa may no longer be among the best coaches in college football, but he's certainly a legend. 

What follows is a list of the 10 smartest coaches in college football—all of whom have a chance to become legends in their own right. 

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