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Monday, June 27, 2011
Taking the temperature in the ACC

By Heather Dinich

Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com took the temperature of the job security of college football coaches throughout the country, and ACC coaches -- at least for now -- seem relatively cool. Two of them -- Frank Beamer and Jimbo Fisher -- fell into the "don't even think it -- can't be touched" category. Five others were considered "very safe," with change unlikely. Four others were "safe." There's only one coach left -- Butch Davis, and he was labeled "on the bubble." Here were Dodd's grades for the ACC coaches:

Frank Spaziani, Boston College: 1.5
My take:
He and his staff are getting the depth and numbers closer to where they want to be, and the Eagles should be better this season thanks in part to the hiring of Kevin Rogers as OC.

Dabo Swinney, Clemson: 2.5
My take:
The administration should give him some leeway this year considering the offensive overhaul, but a second straight losing season likely wouldn't be tolerated.

David Cutcliffe, Duke: 2.5
My take:
Cutcliffe has one of the toughest jobs in the country, but even at Duke there should be an expectation of a bowl game. Cutcliffe has helped raise the expectations, but now he has to meet them.

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State: .5
My take:
He's not going anywhere anytime soon except the top of the ACC standings.

Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech: 1.0
My take:
He's one of the better coaches in the ACC, and if you don't like his offense, try defending it.

Randy Edsall, Maryland: 2.0
My take:
Edsall has earned a reputation for recruiting unheralded players and developing them into winners, but he's going to have to find some special gems to keep up with Clemson and Florida State in the Atlantic Division race.

Al Golden, Miami: 1.5
My take:
Golden has the energy and enthusiasm the program was lacking, and he's off to a hot start in recruiting, but only time will tell how he fares on the field against his ACC peers.

Butch Davis, North Carolina: 3.0
My take:
He's still there?

Tom O'Brien, NC State: 2.0
My take: The program seemed to turn the corner with last year's nine-win season, but the pressure is on to continue that success without Russell Wilson and without flashy recruiting classes.

Mike London, Virginia: 1.5
My take:
If London continues to build upon last year's recruiting class and bring some playmakers to Charlottesville, there's no reason the Hoos can't become a contender in the Coastal Division.

Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech: 0.0
My take:
Best in the league, but needs to beat the top-ranked opponents in the final years of his career in order to make another run at the national title.

Jim Grobe, Wake Forest: 1.5
My take:
Considering he has led the program through its most successful period in school history, he's safe, but he also raised the expectations with his success and must meet them again soon.