Tuesday, November 27, 2012

ACC Coaching Carousel

GUESS WHO? (Getty Images)
Go ahead, fire your coach, but who’s out there that is so much better and who’s willing to come to a league with ever diminishing football cred?

Remember back after the 2008 season when the muckity mucks at Boston College fired head coach Jeff Jagodzinski because he interviewed for an NFL job he didn’t get?

He was 20-8 at the time and BC was an ACC title contender, but the university denied him the opportunity to advance his career.  Athletic director Gene DeFilippo told Jagodzinski that if he interviewed for the N.Y. Jets head coaching job he would be fired.  He did and he was.

So where did Boston College turn?  They looked inside the program and hired Fran Spaziani a long time assistant who promptly went 19-19 including a 4-8 season which broke the Eagles streak of 12 straight bowl appearances.

Who’s next?

Debbie Yow canned Tom O’Brien who was 40-35 (2-1 in bowl games) and logged a season’s best of 9-4 in 2010.

The question is who will Yow find to replace O’Brien?  

North Carolina seems to have found the right man in Larry Fedora and Miami with Al Golden, but the question remains, who is out there that is better than the guy you have now?

Heather Dinich of ESPN writes that the top candidates for the N.C. State job are:  Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell, Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren and Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.  A bunch of household names there…

One of those guys may be the next Larry Fedora or maybe the next Mike London, two coaches whose teams appear to be going in opposite directions. 

Yow’s move to fire head basketball coach Sidney Lowe has worked out brilliantly so far. Let’s see how it goes on the gridiron.

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