Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich
There are some ACC fans who aren’t happy out there. Make that a lot of ACC fans. Clemson fans, North Carolina fans, Florida State fans … imagine how the coaches feel. Here are the ones who are feeling the most heat right now:
1. Bobby Bowden – The Noles are 0-2 in the conference for the first time since joining the conference. FSU is 2-3 for the first time since 1976, Bowden’s first season as head coach. There are leadership problems. But who is going to be the one to fire Bowden? Because there’s no indication he’s going anywhere on his own.
2. John Shoop – North Carolina’s offensive coordinator has been under the microscope, as UNC’s offense has the worst scoring offense in the conference with 18.6 points per game, is No. 11 in total offense, and No. 10 in rushing offense.
3. Dabo Swinney – Clemson’s coach is the one who promoted 30-year-old Billy Napier from tight ends to offensive coordinator. He’s the one who’s got the most influence on how the offense is run. And he’s the one taking the blame right now.
4. Al Groh – After an 0-3 start, the chants of “Groh must Go” resumed, but after an upset win at Chapel Hill on Saturday, the Comeback King might be at it again. The Cavaliers got off to a good start in the Coastal Division, but still need to show marked improvement each week.
5. Ralph Friedgen – The Terps got lucky against Clemson, and Friedgen, in his postgame press conference, got cocky. He reminded everyone he’s a respected coach who can find another job if the folks at Maryland don’t want him. If the Terps are home for Christmas, he might want to start looking.
Who’s off the burner since the preseason talk?
Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring. The Hokies offense has looked impressive in both the running and passing game lately, and it’s probably been more consistent than the defense has played.
Miami coach Randy Shannon. I didn’t think he was on the hot seat to begin with, but a lot of other people did. Regardless, he’s due for a contract extension soon.