The only time the life of a college football assistant coach can be even more nerve-wracking than in-season is in the weeks after the season. That's when the Silly Season heats up and where families often get uprooted as the coaching carousel kicks into high gear. Herb Hand was on his seventh coaching stop in a 24-year career. The Vanderbilt Commodores had just won another bowl game to make it back-to-back 9-4 seasons as the former SEC doormat had notched another Top 25 finish. Hand, Vandy's O-line coach, loved his job and loved living in Nashville. So did his wife and three kids. But then with Hand on the road recruiting, the rumors swirled that his boss, James Franklin might be in line for the Penn State coaching vacancy.

Could Franklin get it? What would that mean for Hand? Would he have a shot to be the new Vandy head coach? Would he go with Franklin to Penn State? Would he be able to stay in Nashville?

Another thought came into Hand's mind about a possible move to Penn State: The 46-year-old assistant had spent the past year working with a special cause in Tennessee, an organization called Our Kids that deals with families and children affected by child sex abuse. A big part of why it means so much to Hand is rooted in the tragic child sexual abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator who used his position as a coach to gain access to the kids. As much as the idea of getting to run his own football program at Vandy appealed to him, the chance to coach at a storied program as Penn State and also aid in the healing of a community that had been battered by such a scandal resonated with Hand.

"I don't believe in coincidence," Hand says. "I'm certainly not a saint, But I have strong faith and I do believe God has a plan for everybody and they are supposed to be where they're supposed to be."