With the scrimmage being moved back to Monday, it created a bit of a void this weekend on the blog, which I had planned to devote entirely to the scrimmage and its aftermath through Sunday.
So, I had to call an audible. Junior Day is going on for Virginia Tech right now, so we’ll see if there’s any commitments later on today. I’m not going to give a play-by-play of who’s visiting and how it’s going (spoiler alert: they’re all having a good time), but if it produces a commitment, then I’ll care.
In the meantime, here’s something I tweeted earlier this week but didn’t blog. Athlon ranked the ACC’s coaches heading into 2013. As is always the case, it’s tough to give a true ranking. Is it based on career achievement? Current status? Performance relative to what a school should be capable of doing?
Athlon appears to have mixed all those factors together and guess who came out on top? Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer. Here’s what the magazine wrote:
“First as a player and now as the head coach, Beamer has been a part of Virginia Tech football for four decades, and his success has made “Beamerball” a recognized commodity both within and outside of the state. After a slow start to his coaching career at Tech, Beamer has led the Hokies to 20 straight bowl games dating back to 1993. During this time he won three Big East championships — including one memorable run at the national title with Michael Vick in 1999 — four ACC titles and five conference Coach of the Year Awards. In eight years of playing in the Coastal, Beamer has won the division five times. His seven-win 2012 campaign ended an eight-year run with at least 10 wins and it forced him to make some coaching changes. That said, he is still the longest tenured and winningest active coach in college football.”
Here’s the entire list:
- 1. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
- 2. Al Golden, Miami
- 3. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
- 4. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
- 5. Larry Fedora, North Carolina
- 6. Dabo Swinney, Clemson
- 7. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
- 8. David Cutcliffe, Duke
- 9. Randy Edsall, Maryland
- 10. Paul Chryst, Pittsburgh
- 11. Dave Doeren, N.C. State
- 12. Mike London, Virginia
- 13. Steve Addazio, Boston College
- 14. Scott Shafer, Syracuse
Seems like Dabo is a bit low on this list, in my opinion. He won an ACC title two years ago. Seems like Johnson might be a little high given Georgia Tech’s performance in recent years. Golden No. 2? I know he’s a great recruiter and is a good rebuilder, but he hasn’t really won a whole lot of big games in his coaching career.
What does everyone else think? Post your thoughts in the comments.