Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Undoubtedly, some will consider this season as the Luck of the Irish. Notre Dame won all the close ones and escaped from some harrowing jams. But the bottom line is this: Kelly regenerated Notre Dame's energy and potential in three seasons. The Fighting Irish are 12-0 and playing for a national championship, giving Notre Dame's program an identity it hasn't enjoyed since the days of Lou Holtz. Kelly came in with a plan and Notre Dame is following it masterfully. For that, he deserves credit.