Sport Ranking ACC coaches: Will anybody challenge Clemson's Dabo Swinney?

08:40  14 june  2018
08:40  14 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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- 1 year ago Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was in attendance for the ACC spring meetings in Florida on Tuesday and discussed various subjects including a new proposal to t Full Story ». Swinney ranked Top 3 coach nationally for 2017.

First, a few disclaimers on these ACC Coaching rankings : These rankings are forward looking. If it were about career accomplishments, Frank Beamer would easily be number one. 3. Dabo Swinney , Clemson .

a man holding a baseball glove: Dabo Swinney© Getty Images Dabo Swinney Sporting News ranked the FBS coaches from 1-130 heading into the 2018-19 college football season, and now it's time to take a closer look at the ACC.

Jimbo Fisher left Florida State for Texas A&M, which left Willie Taggart as the only new coach in the conference heading into 2018. A total of 11 ACC coaches ranked in our overall top 50, but it's still a race to catch up with Clemson's Dabo Swinney, who has led the Tigers to three consecutive ACC championships.

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The depth in the coaching ranks is there, and that's why the ACC can make the argument it's the best conference now. Here is a closer look at those rankings:

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Athlon Sports has compiled their rankings for the top ACC head coaches for 2014 and had Clemson ' s head coach Dabo Swinney Dabo Swinney Head Coach View Full Profile ranked #6 overall in the ACC .

Dabo Swinney has been at Clemson for just 10 years as head coach , but he cemented himself as a coaching legend when he led the Tigers to the 2016 national Swinney joined Bobby Bowden as the only ACC head coaches to lead a pro-gram to a final top-five ranking three straight years.

14. Dino Babers, Syracuse

Overall: 81

Record: 26-31 (8-16 at Syracuse)

Lowdown: The victory against Clemson was a building block for the program, but it's fair to ask for more after back-to-back 4-8 seasons that featured just four wins in the conference. This is a pivotal season for the Orange.

13. Steve Addazio, Boston College

Overall: 52

Record: 31-33

Lowdown: The Eagles have enjoyed back-to-back winning seasons, and Addazio has led the team to a .500 record in ACC play three of the last five years. He has pulled BC out of the basement — how much higher can they go?

12. Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia

Overall: 51

Record: 107-60 (8-17 at Virginia)

Lowdown: Mendenhall led the Cavaliers back to the postseason, the first step in building this program up. Virginia still has work to do, but just look back at the stability Mendenhall enjoyed at BYU. It can happen here, too.

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William Christopher " Dabo " Swinney (born November 20, 1969) is an American college football coach . He is the head football coach at Clemson University.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talks to his assistant coaches in the second half of a 25-24 victory against LSU in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome. "You just beat a team that for the last 10 years had won more games than anybody in college football.

11. Pat Narduzzi, Pitt

Overall: 50

Record: 21-17

Lowdown: The Panthers slipped to 5-7 after consecutive eight-win seasons under Narduzzi. Part of last season's slip could be attributed to early-season losses to Penn State and Oklahoma State, but Narduzzi isn't one to make those excuses.

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10. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech

Overall: 47

Record: 120-83 (75-54 at Georgia Tech)

Lowdown: Johnson's long-term track record stands, but the Yellow Jackets will need to improve after back-to-back 4-4 seasons in the ACC. Georgia Tech has missed out on the postseason two of the last three seasons.

9. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest

Overall: 46

Record: 53-59 (21-29 at Wake Forest)

Lowdown: Clawson led Wake Forest to 15 wins the last two seasons, including a 7-9 record in ACC play. The Demon Deacons started 4-0 last year and played Florida State and Clemson tough. Clawson has the program in the right direction, but there is still an uphill climb.

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There are not a lot of coaches who are willing to lay themselves on the line like Swinney does, and this is why he’ s the perfect coach for a program that Filed Under: College Football, NCAA Football, ACC , Clemson Tigers, Dabo Swinney , College Football Playoff, Steve Spurrier, South Carolina Gamecocks.

Richt received 41 votes, while Clemson ’ s Dabo Swinney placed second with 10. Richt guided the Hurricanes (10-1 overall, 7-1 ACC ) to their first ACC Coastal Division championship and a top-10 national ranking in his second year Son of Arkansas head coach says Clemson offer is a blessing.

8. Larry Fedora, North Carolina

Overall: 40

Record: 77-53 (43-34 at North Carolina)

Lowdown: The Tar Heels bottomed out with a 3-9 season in 2017, which goes against the steady run of success Fedora has enjoyed in Chapel Hill. He has enjoyed four winning seasons in six years and one ACC Coastal championship but is still stuck in the middle with other coaches with similar resumes.

7. Dave Doeren, N.C. State

Overall: 39

Record: 57-34 (34-30 at N.C. State)

Lowdown: The Wolfpack sent seven players to the 2018 NFL Draft, a tool Doeren should be able to market for future classes. They've been close on occasion, and N.C. State brings back an NFL-caliber quarterback in Ryan Finley. Doeren was in the hunt for the Tennessee job, but his decision to stay put shows faith in the program.

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6. Willie Taggart, Florida State

Overall: 35

Record: 47-50 (0-0 at Florida State)

Lowdown: Taggart is a charismatic coach with a knack for leaving programs in better shape than he found it. That was the case at Western Kentucky, South Florida and Oregon. Now, he takes on a program where national championships are the standard. The first challenge will be closing that gap with Clemson and Dabo Swinney.

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5. David Cutcliffe, Duke

Overall: 30

Record: 103-96 (59-67 at Duke)

Lowdown: The Blue Devils have enjoyed four winning seasons the last five years. That might not seem like a big deal to some, but it should. Cutcliffe continues to do more with less, and he has done it all in first-class fashion.

4. Bobby Petrino, Louisville

Overall: 26

Record: 117-48 (75-27 at Louisville)

Lowdown: Petrino's second stint at Louisville featured an incredible two-year run by Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, but it also came with four ACC losses last season. Petrino is breaking in a new quarterback and faces an early measuring stick against Alabama in the opener.

3. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech

Overall: 24

Record: 45-31 (19-8 at Virginia Tech)

Lowdown: Fuente has reestablished stability in Blacksburg, but the Hokies were 1-3 against ranked teams last season (the only victory coming against West Virginia in the opener). The classic Miami-Virginia Tech rivalry will be reinstalled in the ACC Coastal, and Virginia Tech will need to win a few of those games.

2. Mark Richt, Miami

Overall: 6

Record: 164-58 (19-7 at Miami)

Lowdown: Forget about the late-season slide. Richt put Miami back in position to compete for ACC championships in just his second season, and the recruiting will only get better considering Florida State and Florida are programs in transition. This is an opportunity for Miami to take over the state again — but that elusive ACC championship must come first.

1. Dabo Swinney, Clemson

Overall: 2

Record: 101-30

Lowdown: The Tigers have three consecutive Playoff berths — including a national championship — and the program continues to get stronger. Clemson hasn't lost more than two conference games in a single season since 2011, a run that reminds us of the generational dominance Bobby Bowden once achieved at Florida State.

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College football may be a ways away, but we’re already anxious and ready to start looking forward to 2018 (things are different when you’re the hunter and not the defending National Champions). 5. KirVonte Benson: The B-back, lining up behind QB in the Ramblin’ Wreck Triple Option Offense, is generally the short-yardage back. Benson is that and much more. Last season, Benson averaged 5.2 YPC en route to 1,053 rushing yards and 6 TDs in 11 games (one game was cancelled and they did not play in a bowl). He has a low center of gravity and breaks tackles, but can also get to the outside when the play dictates and make defenses pay.

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