It's an arduous task to evaluate coaches, especially coaches of elite-level programs.
When teams are successful, we often point to the talent of the players, and with the top programs, this is often a fair assessment. Some teams get top talent year after year, which makes it easier to understand why they are who they are.
When teams are not as successful, we are also quick to pull the trigger at the coach, assuming that his decisions or inability to shape this talent is at the root of an underachieving team.
It is the same in any sport, but maybe more pronounced in a shorter season, with an every-game-means-everything environment like college basketball or college football.
Right or wrong, we tend to over-analyze this aspect. The fact is, most coaches are pretty darn good. Some have turned mid-majors into national powers, others have been successful with multiple programs and still others have become long-standing icons at one particular school.
Here is at look at the coaches of this week's AP Top 25 teams based on this season's results to date.
Now, for the disclaimer:
This is NOT a ranking of coaches all-time but of this season alone based on a number of things. Perhaps most important is whether this coach, and this team, has consistently exceeded expectations. Doesn't mean they are better than other teams or that the coach is better. It is simply based on how each has done with what he has.