Coaches in college football enjoy a position almost unique in American sports.
For the most part, coaches have complete control over their teams. There's no general manager. There's no superstar player that really controls the team. There's no owner to whom the coach must answer.
There's only the athletic director and the throngs of alumni and fans to which coaches are ultimately accountable.
Although a college football coach may not be pushed out because he doesn't coach a system for which a star player particulars cares, the coach is still expected to deliver in the wins column. Obviously, some do that better than others, and some do it earlier in their careers than others.
We all know Joe Paterno reached 400 wins in 2010. But what about the younger generations? Who are the top coaches who aren't baby boomers?
Here are the best coaches under the age of 50.