Going into the 2018 season, how to the ACC coaches stack up? Here’s the preseason ranking of all the head men.
Preview 2018: Ranking The ACC Coaches
Who do you want as your head coach for right now, and who are the best guys going at each program?
Of course, it’s easy to go by record, but it’s just as much about trends, where the teams are going, and where the buzz is at for each of the rulers of their respective worlds.
These aren’t Hot Seat Rankings – those are coming later. These are the rankings based loosely on what the head coaches have done, and mostly about what they’re about to do.
Think of it this way. If all things were equal in terms of program, talent, facilities, etc., and you were to hold a head coaching draft …
14. Dino Babers, Syracuse
This isn’t fair – he appears to be just this close to making this all work, but the ACC is loaded with excellent coaches. However, even though the offense has been great, two 4-8 seasons are a problem. Yeah, his team beat Clemson, and then lost every game then rest of the way.
– Preview 2018: Can Babers Break Out?
13. Pat Narduzzi, Pitt
Is the program really on the verge of something big? The Miami win showed the promise and potential of what could happen under Narduzzi, but after a losing season and with the defense so sketchy under a guy known for his defensive coaching brilliance, the trend can’t be going downward.
– Preview 2018: Play Like THAT Every Week
12. Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia
He got Virginia to a bowl game in Year Two. Start from there, and after ten straight winning seasons and a 99-43 record at BYU, the guy can coach. However, can he really be a difference-maker who’s so good that the Cavaliers can make more of an ACC dent? This will be an interesting season.
– Preview 2018: Get Ready To Be Shocked
11. Larry Fedora, North Carolina
He had one really, really good season – going 11-3 in 2015 with a trip to the ACC Championship – and has been just okay during the rest of the time in Chapel Hill. There are rebuilding years, but to go 3-9 in the sixth season at the helm? He needs to turn this around fast.
– Preview 2018: Win Now, Or Else
10. Steve Addazio, Boston College
He deserves to be higher than this considering how he’s been able to adapt and adjust to what he’s had to do, all while developing a few fantastic pro prospects along the way. Remember, Boston College spent a stretch when it couldn’t win an ACC game, and now it’s gone 7-6 with four bowl games in five years under Addazio.
– Preview 2018: Can You Do That Again?
9. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
There’s no question that he’s a brilliant head coach, and what he’s been able to do with the offense has been amazing – with four division titles and an ACC title in his first seven years. However, going 17-19 in the last three season is a bit alarming. Tremendously consistent throughout his career, lately there’s been too much fluctuation.
– Preview 2018: The O’s Big Test
8. Dave Doeren, NC State
Would you have been shocked if he was the head coach at Tennessee right now? With four straight winning seasons and three bowl wins in four years, he’s doing a strong job, but to nitpick, 2017 should’ve been the really, really big year, and going 9-4 was a wee bit disappointing.
– Preview 2018: Is There Staying Power?
7. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest
The guy who turned Bowling Green back into a MAC powerhouse needed two years, and now Wake Forest has a dangerous enough offense to be an issue. It’s Wake Forest – Wake Forest – and it has two straight winning seasons and two straight bowl wins.
– Preview 2018: This Isn’t A Fluke
6. David Cutcliffe, Duke
The coach’s head coach, he had one miserable season at Ole Miss after five straight winning campaigns, and after four years in Durham, he has taken Duke to five bowl games in six years with a 2013 trip to the ACC Championship. And now he might have his best Blue Devil team yet.
– Preview 2018: Great Team, Better Coaching