The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported an interesting fact this week: Since Paul Johnson arrived at Georgia Tech in 2008, there have been five coaching changes at the 11 other schools.
Miami’s recent hire of Al Golden marks yet another transition for an ACC program, more new ideas, philosophies and possibly schemes. All of those things take some time to adjust to. Turnover is impossible to avoid in college football, but if the ACC can gain at least some semblance of stability, it should help the conference improve overall. It’s starting to get there, but there is still some uncertainty or on-going transition at a few programs.
Clemson fans are already clamoring for change, but man, give the guy some time to figure things out. The Tigers are one season removed from playing in the ACC title game. While there's definitely room for improvement, it’s hardly doom and despair in Death Valley under Dabo Swinney.
Is more turnover expected?
The two programs facing the most uncertainty now would be North Carolina, depending on the results of the NCAA investigation if and when any sanctions are metered, and Maryland. The Terps have already promised coach Ralph Friedgen he’ll return in 2011, but beyond then, the program’s future is uncertain -- especially if offensive coordinator James Franklin winds up at Vanderbilt. Only Frank Beamer knows how much longer he’ll coach at Virginia Tech, but the rest of the ACC seems to be on solid ground.
Here’s a look at the ACC’s most tenured coaches heading into next season:
VIRGINIA TECH -- Frank Beamer: Entering 25th year
MARYLAND -- Ralph Friedgen: Entering 11th year
WAKE FOREST -- Jim Grobe: Entering 11th year
NC STATE -- Tom O’Brien: Entering fifth year
NORTH CAROLINA -- Butch Davis: Entering fifth year
DUKE -- David Cutcliffe: Entering fourth year
GEORGIA TECH -- Paul Johnson: Entering fourth year
BOSTON COLLEGE -- Frank Spaziani: Entering third year
CLEMSON -- Dabo Swinney: Entering third year
FLORIDA STATE -- Jimbo Fisher: Entering second year
VIRGINIA -- Mike London: Entering second year
MIAMI -- Al Golden: Entering first year