Look at the best coaches in college football and more times than not, they all have something in common. They all have solid coaching staffs.
Florida State had six assistants leave the program before the 2013 season, but still had a solid nucleus to take the Seminoles to the holy grail of college football. And subsequently, right after the final score was recorded and the BCS Title Trophy was raised, FSU defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt jumped ship and ran to Georgia.
Alabama, Baylor, FSU, Georgia – whichever team you look to, there are great assistants. So much so that game time conversation revolves around coordinators, game plans, special teams and tradition.
Want to know who the best assistant coaches are in college football? Take a peek at these guys.
Kirby Smart – Alabama
At some point, the Crimson Tide is going to lose its greatest asset and no, it won’t be Nick Saban. Kirby Smart is the best defensive coordinator in college football. His assessment of teams and the ability to make adjustments in mid-game are the reasons why Alabama is continually in the hunt for a national title.
Cam Cameron – LSU
Cameron did not have as much success in the pro ranks as a head coach, but he is perfect for Baton Rouge. As the leader of the offense he will help new faces settle into the offense. If Cameron can prove to be as adept this season in running the Tigers offense, LSU could contend for the SEC West crown.
Ellis Johnson – South Carolina
If Steve Spurrier is the master of the offense then Ellis Johnson is the general of the defense. There is so much to like about Johnson and the way he designed the Gamecocks defense. But now, his mettle will be tested as the loss of Jadeveon Clowney and other players may cause this team to take a step backwards.
Pat Narduzzi – Michigan State
Last time we checked, it was Narduzzi who led this defense that not only beat Ohio State, but also won the Rose Bowl with a win over Stanford. Why this guy was not offered a head coaching job in the offseason is beyond me.
Chad Morris/ Brent Venables – Clemson
It’s not often you see both coordinators on a list like this, but that is what happened. Morris and Venables have the Tigers moving forward each season. The offense may take a step back with Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins leaving the program, but the defense – led by Vic Beasley – will still fire on all cylinders.