The ACC Coaching Cycle

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Frank Beamer represents somewhat of a rarity in the ACC…a head football coach that wasn’t fired. (Jon Fleming)

It’s May 23, which means we’re in the most boring part of the offseason. There isn’t much to talk about, particularly with the 2020 recruiting class expected to be so small.  Therefore, it’s time for some random articles about random topics.  Today we’re going to focus on ACC football coaches in the modern era and their success rate.  The numbers may be enlightening to you…or maybe not.

I’m going to define the modern era as anything since the conferences started “getting big.”  In other words, since the SEC expanded to 12 schools back in 1990.  There has been a lot of change in college football since then, and I think it was SEC expansion that jumpstarted it all.

Fans of all programs get excited about coaching changes, because they automatically think the new coach is going to do better than the previous coach, if the previous coach was fired.  But in general, that’s not the case.  Most programs around the country operate in the same way…they hire a new coach every 4-5 years for various reasons, mostly because they ended up having to fire the previous coach that they hired.

This article is sponsored by The Southeast Regional Training Center (SERTC):