In May 2015, we checked in on the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings. Specifically:
- Miami’s Al Golden came in at #4 nationally and had the hottest seat in the ACC;
- Virginia’s Mike London came in at #11 nationally and had the second hottest seat in the ACC;
- North Carolina’s Larry Fedora came in at #24 nationally and had the third;
- Syracuse’s Scott Shafer came in at #28 nationally and had the fourth hottest seat in the ACC; and
- Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer came in at #32 nationally and had the fifth hottest seat in the ACC.
Much has changed here past the midpoint of the 2015 College football season. Our October 20, 2015 review of College Coaches Hot Seat shows that:
- Virginia’s Mike London still has the hottest seat in the ACC at #12 nationally – but he has some competition for that hot seat in his own state (I think everyone in the country knows that Virginia will be looking for a new coach – it’s just a question of whether Mike London will be around the entire season or not);
- Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer is the biggest mover up the charts (in a negative manner – you don’t want to be near the top of this list) on the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – Beamer now has the second hottest seat in the ACC – and comes in at #15 nationally. Why has Beamer been the biggest mover? After seven games, Virginia Tech is 3-4 (that’s not good). Our buddy, Zach Evans (you can follow him here at @ztevans), predicted on the @AllSportsDACC podcast that Virginia Tech would not be bowl eligible. Personally, I can see the outcome either way – but Virginia Tech must defeat Duke on Saturday, October 24 (this is Virginia Tech’s homecoming) for it to happen (this is the key game). Virginia Tech then closes the season at Boston College, at Georgia Tech, at home vs. North Carolina, and at Virginia. Can the Hokies win 3 of those 5 to continue the bowl streak? Stay tuned – but I think is a 100% fair ranking by Coaches Hot Seat. 5-7 would put Beamer in hot water.
- Miami’s Al Golden has dropped 13 spots to #17 nationally – and has the third hottest seat in the ACC. Golden bought a little time this year from the Canes fire breathers after defeating Virginia Tech (like a couple of weeks) – but odds are he might be gone at the end of the year (although, I still have questions about whether Miami will pay the buyout).
- Finally, Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson makes an appearance on Coaches Hot Seat. Johnson comes in at #26 nationally – and has the fourth hottest seat in the conference. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, as my buddy, Jeffrey Fann (@TalkinACCSports) stated, might actually be fighting for bowl eligibility when the teams play in November. It really wasn’t supposed to be like this for either of the Techs (that November game was supposed to decide who would represent the ACC Coastal Division in the ACC Championship Game – not bowl eligibility).
And there you have it – what are your thoughts? Chime in on the comments below.