The most noticeable difference in ACC spring practices this year is that former FSU coach Bobby Bowden is no longer watching from the tower.
Without Bowden, the ACC turns to Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer as its winningest active coach.
Beamer has 229 victories in 29 years as a head coach -- 23 at Virginia Tech and six at Murray State -- and is currently tied with Ohio State coach Jim Tressell for second among all active coaches in the FBS, behind only Penn State’s Joe Paterno (394).
Bowden, who retired last year after 34 years in Tallahassee and 44 years as a head coach overall, finished his career with 377 wins -- at least according to the NCAA. Beamer’s 29-year overall record is 229-115-4. Beamer will probably retire long before he comes close to Bowden's win total, but until he does, he's the new face of the ACC, and deservedly so.
Next in line?
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson ranks second among current ACC coaches, with an 127-46 record in 13 seasons as a head coach at Georgia Southern, Navy and with the Yellow Jackets.