This was from a couple days ago, but I figured it’d be a good weekend post. The Sporting News did its annual ranking of all of the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches. Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer came in ninth overall and was the top coach in the ACC.
Here’s the blurb it had about Beamer, who is 209-98-2 with the Hokies:
The man has won four ACC championships since claiming three in the Big East. Which is to say, no one in either league has done better. The phrase “Beamer Ball” is a bit of an insult to the Hokies coach, because his program is so much more than surprises and special-teams tricks. This is the best “old” coach without a national title.
Who is in the top 10? (My thoughts are after each one):
- 1. Nick Saban, Alabama — With three national titles to his credit, no doubt about this choice.
- 2. Chris Petersen, Boise State — Seems awfully high for someone with six years of head coaching experience.
- 3. Urban Meyer, Ohio State — Success at every stop is inarguable. Kind of a jerk, though.
- 4. Les Miles, LSU — Played up as a fool in the media, but the man can coach football.
- 5. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma — Sustained success in a major conference, plus he has a national title.
- 6. Chip Kelly, Oregon — Ducks never achieved this kind of success until Kelly brought his up-tempo offense to Eugene.
- 7. Gary Patterson, TCU — I’m OK with this ranking for Patterson, who turned the Horned Frogs into a power.
- 8. Steve Spurrier, South Carolina — Maybe at the height of his power he’d be this high, but seems kind of generous.
- 9. Beamer — Only thing lacking is a national title, which he’s still gunning for.
- 10. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State — Known for the “I’m a man! I’m 40!” rant, but he knows how to coach an offense.
Interestingly, half of the top 10 does not have an FBS national title to its credit. Some that do that are outside the top-10 include Texas’ Mack Brown (16th), Auburn’s Gene Chizik (36th — ooh, that’s going to make Auburn folks mad) and from a previous stop at Miami, now-UT-San Antonio head coach Larry Coker (78th).
Just for kicks, here’s where the rest of the ACC coaches ended up on the list:
- 9. Beamer, Virginia Tech
- 19. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
- 27. Dabo Swinney, Clemson
- 31. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
- 34. Al Golden, Miami
- 38. Jimbo Fisher, FSU
- 45. Mike London, Virginia
- 49. Tom O’Brien, NC State
- 53. Larry Fedora, UNC
- 65. Randy Edsall, Maryland
- 67. David Cutcliffe, Duke
- 110. Frank Spaziani, BC