Seven of the 12 ACC coaches have been at their current jobs two years or less, and the heavy turnover in recent seasons has hurt the conference. That general instability has contributed to the league not being a factor in the BCS title chase of late. What’s more, the league will undergo even more turnover in the next few years, with coaches-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher (Florida State) and James Franklin (Maryland) taking over at their respective schools.
But the ACC still boasts some of the nation’s best coaches, headed by Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe, Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer, North Carolina State’s Tom O’Brien, Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson and North Carolina’s Butch Davis.
Here’s how they stack up:
1. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest