Reaction to Athlon Sports' ACC Coach Rankings
On Wednesday, Steven Lasaan released his piece, “Ranking the ACC’s College Football Coaches for 2014.” He claims that the rankings aren’t based solely off wins and losses, tying in recruiting ability, program facilities, quality of assistants and game plans, too.
After reading it a few times, there’s very little to disagree with.
Jimbo Fisher has revitalized Florida State as a national power. The Seminoles are the defending national champions and should make a serious run at another this upcoming season. There’s no doubt that he’s deserving of the top ranking right now, and it’s not even close.
You could argue that Frank Beamer deserves to be in second for his longevity of running a successful program, rather than Duke’s David Cutcliffe or the notorious Bobby Petrino (who hasn’t ever coached in the ACC). You could convince me either way.
Lasaan ranks Miami (Fla.) coach Al Golden ahead of Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, which is probably the only thing I would actually change. Golden has done wonders for Miami’s program, leading it through the NCAA sanctions and building a solid foundation for success in the process. But we know Swinney’s resume and what he can do, whereas we’re still learning about Golden’s Hurricanes. The Tigers are 51-23 under Swinney’s reign, winning 32 games since 2011 and appearing in two BCS bowl games in the last three seasons.
The remaining list could be shifted in a few different directions, but there’s nothing that jumps off the page. I think Paul Johnson’s tenure with Georgia Tech is coming to an end soon (unless a miracle takes place in Atlanta), Steve Addazio is climbing the ladder with Boston College, Larry Fedora has a great chance to jump up a few spots this fall and Mike London is sitting on a chair that’s burning in molten lava. Numbers 10-13 are a toss-up.
Obviously rankings can be completely biased—and a lot of the time, they are—but there’s a lot of authenticity to this piece.
You can find the full rankings here.
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