With the firing of Hugh Freeze from Ole Miss, the media has moved on to other coaches who could potential be on the out without a strong 2017 season. For Rivals.com, that’s Boston College’s Steve Addazio in the ACC.
The website on Tuesday ranked the hottest and coldest coaching seats in the ACC. While there are not any coaches in “real danger” heading into 2017, Addazio was their clear-cut No. 1 choice.
Here is the reason Mike Farrell of Rivals gave in his article:
“The ACC is as good as it’s been in forever and he’s been to three bowl games, but a new athletic director might want his own guy if they slide back to 2015 depths.”
In three of Addazio’s four seasons at Boston College, the Eagles posted a 7-6 record and went to a bowl, but they are also 2-14 in conference play over the last two seasons. In the 2015 season Farrell referenced, BC went 3-9, and if they repeated that in 2017, Addazio would have an overall record well below .500.
Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson and N.C. State’s Dave Doeren round out the top three on Farrell’s list. Both of those coaches also went to a bowl game in 2016, so the fact these names are so high on the list speaks volumes to how good the coaches are in the ACC.
Coming off a 3-9 season in 2015, Johnson led Georgia Tech to a 9-4 record last year. N.C. State went 7-6 but nearly beat Clemson and Florida State and enter this season as a dark horse in the Atlantic Division.
The three coaches with the coldest seats according to Rivals are Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Miami’s Mark Richt.