The identity of a college football program is typically manifested through its head coach. While a student-athlete's experience may last only a few years, a football team’s head coach is typically the most iconic representation of the team, and, often times, the entire university.
Even if the coach of a program is successful, college football fans tend to paint a certain picture of these men, causing said coach to assume a new identity altogether. Whether these head coaches are loved, hated, respected or just misunderstood, our image of them isn’t always consistent with how they lead their team behind closed doors.
With spring football behind us and the 2011 season still months away, this slideshow takes a look at a new medium for how head coaches can be compared: to a television show.
The coaches featured aren’t necessarily indicative of one particular character on these shows, but collectively, the title and subject matter of the various TV programs mentioned lend some insight to these men’s images, personalities and legacies.