The players and coaches that transcend the game

Updated: June 20, 2008, 3:46 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

The playing heroes of college football streak like comets across the firmament. During the span of three or four years, they progress from unknown to known to nationally known. Just as we fall for them, they leave. Here one day, gone to the NFL the next.

The coaching heroes of college football have more permanence. They win, and they are beloved for a generation. But the calendar has a way of dousing their flames as well. Once upon a time, Pop Warner and Jock Sutherland stood as giants ...

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