Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The ACC's 'untouchables'
By ESPN.com staff
No, we're not talking about former Hokies Kevin Jones and Lee Suggs.
We're talking about Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer -- two coaches who have done such a good job that CBSSports.com says that when it comes to job security, "Don't even think about it -- can't be touched."
The Web site released a list of all 120 FBS coaches and ranked just how hot their seats are. We always look at who's in trouble, so I figured I'd highlight the opposite spin this afternoon.
It's true -- Beamer isn't going anywhere unless he retires, and Georgia Tech has paid a pretty penny to keep Johnson in Atlanta. He's certainly earned his money -- and his respect -- in just two seasons, as he was the ACC's Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009. Beamer won the award in 2004 and 2005. Both of them have helped make the ACC relevant on the national stage while FSU and Miami took siestas.
Overall, CBSSports.com projects relative staff stability in the ACC, which is exactly what the conference needs after significant turnover in recent years. The one category I would disagree with would be Tom O'Brien's. His contract runs through 2015, so his situation seems more stable than his 16-21 record might indicate.
CBSSports.com's other ACC rankings are:
Very safe, change highly unlikely
Frank Spaziani, Boston College
Dabo Swinney, Clemson
David Cutcliffe, Duke
Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
Mike London, Virginia
Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
Safe, solid position
Randy Shannon, Miami
Butch Davis, UNC
On the bubble, you never know
Tom O'Brien, NC State
Warm seat, feeling the pressure
Ralph Friedgen, Maryland