Every assistant wants an opportunity to become a head coach, and this offseason, there are some young and dynamic assistants getting that chance with some major programs.
Clemson took the "interim" tag off Dabo Swinney. Mississippi State hired Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen. Tennessee and Washington turned to 30-something former USC assistants Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian, respectively. New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone is returning to his alma mater, Syracuse. And Mike Locksley finally is getting his chance at New Mexico.
What do these six first time head coaches all have in common? They are all offensive guys and each knows how to recruit.