18 for ’18: 18 key offseason topics: No. 18, the coaching hot seat rankings for all of the Power Five conferences.
18 for ’18: No. 18 Power Five Coaching Hot Seat Rankings
As always, when it comes to Hot Seat Rankings, it’s not just whether or not a guy needs to win or he’ll get fired. That’s about 86% of this, but it’s about pressure, too. Maybe, a made man head coach has to go 11-1, or else he’ll have to deal with annoying people. But mainly, going into the season, this is about the coaches who have to win this season, or else.
ACC Spring Coach Hot Seat Rankings
14. Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Swinney probably should be higher than this considering the expectations are CFP-or-Bust, but whatever – Tiger fans would love to have this guy around for life.
13. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech
It’s going to be hard to keep Fuente in Blacksburg no matter what. This is supposed to be a bit of a rebuild, and it won’t matter.
12. Mark Richt, Miami
The only problem is Georgia. Is Richt really the guy who can get you there, but not THERE? Kirby Smart got Georgia THERE.
11. Bobby Petrino, Louisville
With all the problems on the basketball side, even a dud year won’t mean much for Petrino’s job status.
10. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest
It’s Wake Forest. A losing season won’t erase all the good Clawson has done to make this a bowl program.
9. Willie Taggart, Florida State
There’s not a whole lot of pressure now. Next year? He has to prove he can win a conference championship.
8. Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia
Virginia still needs an overhaul. Mendenhall won’t get fired with an awful year, but there has to be signs that the program is building to a big 2019.
7. David Cutcliffe, Duke
The only possible problem is if Duke has a total collapse of a season. That would make it two years out of the last three without a bowl bid, and going into his 11th year, it might be time for a change if things go into the dumpster.
6. Steve Addazio, Boston College
There was a time midway though last season when the era looked like a lock to be over – and then everything turned around. However, a 4-8er would likely bring a change.
5. Dave Doeren, NC State
There’s a good chance NC State isn’t close to the team last year’s nine-win squad was. 6-6 is okay, but if this turns out to be a clunker, there will be some sweating.
4. Larry Fedora, North Carolina
One aberration 3-9 campaign is forgivable, but going into his seventh year, a second one isn’t.
3. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
There’s always been a thought that the option offense can only take this program so far. With two losing seasons in the last three, Johnson probably can’t survive three in four.
2. Dino Babers, Syracuse
Two straight 4-8 seasons isn’t getting it done. The offense might be fun, but the butts have to come back into the Carrier Dome seats. It’s time to pull off a winning season and show a sign of life.
1. Pat Narduzzi, Pitt
It’s been a strange era so far. The first three years have been fine, but despite occasional signs of greatness, Narduzzi just can’t get this thing going to anything more than an also-ran level. A second straight losing season would be a big problem.