As the 2013 college football season winds down, it won’t be long before the annual coaching carousel starts to make its rounds. Jim Grobe resigned as head coach of Wake Forest on Tuesday after a very successful tenure, but not every coach will get to go out on his own terms. Like every other conference however, the ACC will certainly have a handful of coaches on the hot seat. Here are a list of four that could either be fired at the end of this season or begin the 2014 season with a very hot seat:
Dave Doeren, N.C. State
Although Dave Doeren likely won’t be going anywhere after just one season in Raleigh, his first season in the ACC was definitely a disappointment. The Wolfpack did not win a single game in conference play nor a single contest after September.
Record at N.C. State: 3-9 (1 year)
The Case for: With a 23-4 record at Northern Illinois that included a pair of MAC championships and a BCS bid in 2012, Doeren has a winning track record. With a team made up largely of leftovers from Tom O’Brien, Doeren has not yet had the time nor personnel to fully implement his spread attack at N.C. State.
The Case Against: The man that Doeren had replaced, Tom O’Brien, was coming off of three straight winning season and in six years in Raleigh, had led the Wolfpack to four bowl appearances. The three wins under Doeren was the fewest for N.C. State since 2006 and the Wolfpack were winless in ACC play for the first time since 1959.
Randy Edsall, Maryland
After losing seasons in each of his first two years at Maryland, Randy Edsall has the Terrapins bowl-eligible and with a winning season already assured. Maryland will be leaving the ACC for the Big Ten, but after less than stellar seasons in College Park, Edsall may not be the guy to lead Maryland into its new conference.
Record at Maryland: 13-23 (3 years)
The Case for: Randy Edsall has dealt with a number of injuries in his first three seasons in College Park and after two sub-par seasons, has taken the Terrapins to a bowl game despite losing their best offensive weapon in wide receiver Stefon Diggs. This season, Edsall also coached Maryland to its first win over West Virginia in a decade. Given time, Edsall has shown an ability to take programs to the next level as he took Connecticut to the BCS in 2010.
The Case Against: Edsall, who replaced Ralph Friedgen following the 2010 season has not lived up to the standards that Friedgen set. In 10 seasons at Maryland, Friedgen missed a bowl game just three times and in three years, Edsall has already done so twice. Friedgen also led the Terrapins to five 9-win seasons, five bowl victories and an ACC championship in 2001. Friedgen’s coach-in-waiting, James Franklin, has even gone on to lead Vanderbilt to its most successful era in decades.
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
After a strong start to his tenure at Georgia Tech, Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets have not won more than seven games in three of the last four seasons although that could change with a bowl victory.
Record at Georgia Tech: 48-31 (6 years)
The Case for: Paul Johnson has led Georgia Tech to a bowl bid in each of his six seasons in Atlanta including an BCS bid after winning the ACC in 2009. Johnson has also led Georgia Tech to the ACC Championship on two occasions and has had five winning seasons in six years.
The Case Against: Since Georgia Tech defeated Clemson in the 2009 ACC Championship, the Yellow Jackets have just a combined record of 28-25. Although Johnson has led Georgia Tech to a bowl every year, he is just 1-4 in bowl games and not since 2008, his first year in Atlanta, have the Yellow Jackets been able to defeat in-state rival Georgia.
Mike London, Virginia
After winning a FCS championship at Richmond, Mike London was expected to rejuvenate the Virginia program, but in four years, has just one winning season. Virginia finished just 2-10 this season and there is a very good chance that London does not see 2014.
Record at Virginia: 18-31 (4 years)
The Case for: While Virginia has had a terrible season, Mike London’s Cavaliers are just two years removed from an 8-win campaign that nearly landed Virginia in the ACC Championship. While London has had just one bowl appearance at Virginia, that is the same number that the Cavaliers had in the four years prior to his arrival. London also has an outstanding recruiting class coming in.
The Case Against: Aside from an 8-5 campaign in 2011, London is just 10-26 in his career as Virginia’s head coach. With a recruiting class almost exclusively his, London’s Cavaliers had their worst season since 1977. After going 0-8 in conference play in 2013, Virginia is just 2-14 against the ACC over the last two years. London is also 0-4 against rival Virginia Tech averaging less than seven points-per-game in those four match-ups against the Hokies.