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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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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.

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

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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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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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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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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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