2013 ACC Coaches
The Building Factor, Part 2
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8. Randy Edsall, Maryland
Career Record: 80-88
The guy could use a break. The 2-10 first season at Maryland looked awful on the surface considering the success under Ralph Friedgen before, but there was a major rebuilding and reloading job to be done, and it showed. Then, when it seemed like things were going to be coming into place, the Terp quarterbacks couldn’t stay healthy and the 2012 campaign went into the tank. After creating the UConn program as an FBS player and getting to the Fiesta Bowl, he can coach, but he needs to be able to show what he can do.
Hot Seat Status: Toasty. Not everyone was ecstatic over Friedgen getting pushed out, and 6-18 wasn’t what the program signed on for from a coach who did so much with less at Connecticut.
The Coaching Change Will Come … fast if there isn’t a quick turnaround. With Maryland going into the Big Ten next season, the program will make a change if it doesn’t look like the direction is pointing up.
9. Paul Chryst, Pitt
Career Record: 6-7
It was a wee bit of a shock that he wasn’t really in the mix for the Wisconsin job playing quarterback there in the 1980s and serving as the offensive coordinator for six years. He did a nice job with Pitt in his first year considering there was a bit of a rebuilding job needing to be done, and he made quarterback Tino Sunseri into one of the nation’s most effective and careful passers. Just 47, he’s growing into the head coaching role.
Hot Seat Status: Medium. Pitt fired Dave Wannstedt after he won a share of the Big East title, but there’s no desire to keep the revolving door of coaches going for a while.
The Coaching Change Will Come … within five years. Pitt might be moving on to the ACC, but it’s still a stepping-stone job. Either he’ll be terrific and will pull a Todd Graham, or Pitt will want championships and Chryst won’t bring them.
10. David Cutcliffe, Duke
Career Record: 65-69
Saddled with the impossible task of making Duke a winner, he got the team to six wins and a bowl game, but one big pass play against Cincinnati ruined the fun. Even so, he has done a terrific job of making the football program decent at a basketball school. While defense has been an issue, his offenses have been fun and exciting, proving to be an X factor in conference play. The Blue Devils might not be in the ACC title chase any time soon, but they’re playing better under Coach Cut’s tenure.
Hot Seat Status: Zero. The expectations are low and he has done enough in his few years to keep him around for the short term. Considering Tennessee wanted him a few years ago, Duke is lucky to have him.
The Coaching Change Will Come … in five years. At 58 he still has several good years of coaching left, but he likely won’t be offered a Tennessee-like gig again.
11. Steve Addazio, Boston College
Career Record: 13-11
If he can turn around Boston College, he’ll be much, much higher up on the list in the next few seasons. Almost the Florida head coach – at least for the short term – he ended up going to Temple in place of Al Golden and did a decent job in the MAC and struggled in the Big East. There’s still a prove it factor after going 4-7 in his second year as a head coach, but he’s a good offensive mind and a player’s coach with the upside to be the right guy at the right time for BC.
Hot Seat Status: None. He’ll be given at least three years to turn around a program that fell into the abyss over the last few seasons.
The Coaching Change Will Come … in more than five years. There’s a chance the 53-year-old could get one more big job offer if he turns BC into a powerhouse right away, but he’ll more likely be good for a few years and settle in.
12. Scott Shafer, Syracuse
Career Record: 0-0
Call this a wait-and-see approach to what he can do. The former Stanford and Michigan defensive coordinator has never been a head coach, but he did a decent job with the Orange D over the last four years and now slides into the spot vacated by the offensive minded Doug Marrone. At 46, he’s due to get his chance at a big gig.
Hot Seat Status: Mild. Because he hasn’t proved himself yet as a head man, and because of the decent success over the last few years, he can’t come out with a 4-8 campaign, but 6-6 with a bowl game would be acceptable – for now.
The Coaching Change Will Come … in five years. If he makes Syracuse an ACC power, at least defensively, he could quickly turn into a hot prospect for bigger schools. He doesn’t have an NFL background like Maronne, but he could be tabbed by Illinois – which would probably be a lateral move- or Stanford if those two jobs become open.
13. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
Career Record: 73-74
Grobe has done a phenomenal job at a school that’s next to impossible to win at. There’s no big tradition, the school doesn’t have a large student body and you have to actually be smart to get in. The 2006 ACC title seems like a long time ago, but he has still been able to keep the team more than just competitive through the years with four bowl appearances in the last seven seasons and only one true disaster going 3-9 in 2010. At 61 he still has several good years left, but he’s not exactly at the age to gear it up at another program for the long haul.
Hot Seat Status: Medium. There isn’t much pressure to win big at Wake Forest, but he’s on a string of four straight losing seasons. In his 13th year, there might be some though that it’s time for a change if it’s a rough year.
The Coaching Change Will Come … within the next three years. The Demon Deacons should be better this season, but it might have to end with a bowl appearance.
14. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
Career Record: 216-102-2
Age, age, age. Five years ago he’s at the top of this list. There’s no questioning his legendary status, but he’ll turn 67 during the football season and is coming off his worse season since going 2-8-1 in 1992. However, when 7-6 with a bowl win is considered a slip, you’re doing something right. Beamer won ten games or more in eight straight seasons with four ACC titles before last season – 2012 was an aberration.
Hot Seat Status: Absolute zero. Frank Beamer is Virginia Tech football. He’s owed several benefits of the doubt.
The Coaching Change Will Come … within five years. It’ll be a smooth and easy transition with Beamer getting to go out however he wants to.