19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 14. Hot Seat Coach Rankings For Every Power Five Conference

19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 14. Hot Seat Coach Rankings For Every Power Five Conference

Hot Seat Coach Rankings

19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 14. Hot Seat Coach Rankings For Every Power Five Conference

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19 for ’19: 19 key offseason topics: No. 14, the coaching hot seat rankings for all of the Power Five conferences. 


19 for ’19: No. 14 Power Five Coaching Hot Seat Rankings

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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 obviously a massive part of the equation, but it’s about pressure, too.

Maybe, a won’t-get-fired-no-matter-what head coach has to go 11-1 – or beat Ohio State – or else he’ll have to deal with annoying people for an entire offseason. But mainly, this is about the coaches who have to win big, or else.

The rankings go from the coolest seats to the hottest.

ACC Spring Coach Hot Seat Rankings

14. Dabo Swinney, Clemson

Two national championships in three seasons? A complete and utter destruction of Alabama to get No. 2? He could go 0-12 and get a raise.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 14

13. Scott Satterfield, Louisville

After the disaster of last year for the program, the new head man for the Cardinals will get a very, very long leash to turn this thing around.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: First Year

12. Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia

You’re not totally insane if you want to suggest that no Power Five coach has done more with less over the last two seasons. He has proven himself already, and can afford a clunker of a year – but he won’t have one.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 8

11. Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech

It’s going to take more than a year to pivot to a new style and a new type of team. Even if this year is a mild disaster, it’ll be more than okay considering the transformation and tweaking coming.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: First Year

10. David Cutcliffe, Duke

He’s the coach other coaches love. He’d retire if he had a bad season before he’d be fired, but after going bowing last year, he’s okay. However, this is his 12th season – a totally miserable year might signal time for a change.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 7

9. Dino Babers, Syracuse

Hot seat? The fan base is ecstatic the guy is still at Syracuse. However, it’s a rebuilding season, and the expectations are cranked up to be a player in the ACC.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 2

8. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest

Clawson has taken Wake Forest to three bowl wins in three seasons, and won all of them. Again … at Wake Forest. He can obviously coach, and Wake Forest is obviously Wake Forest. Even a 3-9 season will be forgivable.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 10

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7. Dave Doeren, NC State

There’s a problem if the Wolfpack come up with a 4-8 run, but after five bowl appearances in the last five seasons, and two straight nine-win campaigns, it would to take something massively awful for Doeren to get canned.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 5

6. Manny Diaz, Miami

Good luck, Manny. Now win the ACC Coastal. The talent is there to be the best team in the division – even with the quarterback question marks – and Diaz needs to be the force to change things after the 2018 step back. This is one of the big-time gigs – Diaz has to show he’s up to the task.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: First Year

5. Steve Addazio, Boston College

There was a time not all that long ago when Boston College could only dream of being a steady winner. Addazzio has five seven-win seasons in six years, but can he do even more? A horrible season would set the tone for a pressure-packed 2020.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 6

4. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech

Okay … you get one of those. But if the Hokies can’t tackle for a second straight year, and if there’s another season of drama just to get to a bowl game, there will be rumblings.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 13

3. Mack Brown, North Carolina

You don’t think there’s a wee bit of pressure on the new guy that was a bit of an uninspired hire to begin with? Yeah, North Carolina has to rebuild, but if you’re bringing in Mack Brown, there’s not a whole lot of time to do that.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 4

2. Pat Narduzzi, Pitt

Yeah, he got Pitt to the ACC Championship last season, but he lost his last three games and he’s 12-14 in his last two seasons. Now he’s going into his fifth season, and a second losing campaign in three years would all but erase the nice feelings from 2018.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 1

1. Willie Taggart, Florida State

He got the one year mulligan, but as the head coach of a program that hadn’t missed out on a bowl game since 1981, Taggart had better come up with a monster Year Two. It would help if he could kick in that whole recruiting thing to another level, too.
Last Season ACC Spring Hot Seat Ranking: 9

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