Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Vote: ACC Coach of the Year
By Andrea Adelson
Earlier today, you saw Heather and I debate the most worthy early contenders for ACC Coach of the Year honors. Now, it is your turn to weigh in.
Vote in our weekly poll for your choice among these five candidates:
David Cutcliffe, Duke. The Blue Devils have drawn national attention for their hot start to the season and are poised to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1994. At 5-2, they just need one more win to get there. Duke is tied atop the Coastal Division standings with Miami, but is coming off a dispiriting loss to Virginia Tech to begin the second half of the season.
Randy Edsall, Maryland. Edsall has gone from biggest villain in the ACC to comeback coach of the year for the way his team has played so far. Maryland is 4-2 and 2-0 in the Atlantic -- the only team in the ACC that is still unbeaten in league play. The Terps are winning the old-fashioned way, with a strong defense that has been among the best in the league.
Larry Fedora, North Carolina. The Tar Heels look like the best team in the Coastal Division right now, and Fedora deserves a large amount of credit for getting this team to 5-2 after a 1-2 start to the season. Even though North Carolina is ineligible to play in the postseason, everybody on this team is committed to reaching their goal -- a Coastal Division title.
Al Golden, Miami. Not much was expected of the Hurricanes going into the season, but right now they are tied atop the Coastal Division standings with a 3-1 mark. Golden has his share of terrific playmakers on offense who have done a nice job, but now he has to get his defense playing better to have any shot at staying in the race.
Tom O'Brien, NC State. The Wolfpack pulled the shocker of the ACC season when they beat then-No. 3 Florida State. NC State now is in control of the Atlantic. If it wins out, then it gets to play in the ACC championship game. Who would have thought that after losses to Tennessee and Miami in the early going?