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'Tis the season for firings (ACC perspective discussion)



With Nutt out at the SEC's Ole MIss (see story), tis the season for coaching turnover. What will this look like in the ACC this year? Fisher's safe, and probably all his assistants, so any turnover at FSU is likely to be assistants given better opportunities at other schools. By better, that will mean more $$ and a better title, as it is unlikely that anyone will offer more money for any current FSU assistant in a lateral move that said assistant would take.

UNC is a given that they will be looking at a new staff. Everett Withers just blew any chance he had last week, even before the NC State game was played.

Speaking of NC State, Tom O'Brien may have saved his job with a win Saturday over NC, but not if he drops two of the last three (giving him no bowl and a 31-31 five year record at NC State). Even if he wins two of the last three, this will be at best a 50-50 on not seeing him in 2012. If O'Brien returns, look for staff changes.

As for the other N. Carolina schools, Cutcliffe (Duke) benefits at being at a school that cares about basketball more, and returns for what will likely be his final year if he doesn't make a bowl in 2012, while Jim Grobe (WF) is safe as well.  

Moving south, Dabo Swinney, on the hot seat to start the season is safe. But will he lose his offensive coordinator to a head coaching opportunity? If the Clemson AD comes up with a big raise for Chad Morris, look for him to turn down any overtures from the middle of the pack schools that come calling. Morris is unlikely to get calls from the BCS conference schools that Clemson can't match with OC dollars.

Paul Johnson won't be fired, that's for sure, but probably won't get a better offer in the off-season either, so look for him to return. Miami's Golden is safe as well as unlikely to get a better offer (financially anyway), but will the mess he's got tempt him to leave?

To the north, Frank Beamer will return to Va Tech, but this might finally be the year perpetual head coach candidate Bud Foster moves on - perhaps to North Carolina. London is getting high marks for turning Virginia around. Edsall gets a mulligan at Maryland in his first season, but he's not built up a lot of long term security. And BC's Frank Spaziani is currently .500 in his BC career, and likely to drop the last three games this season. How patient is the BC administration? This is likely going to hinge on Spaziani's buyout and what candidates BC thinks they can land to replace him. If he stays, look for him to be forced to replace his coordinators.

Todd Graham's playing ~.500 ball in his first year at Pitt; I would look for him to be Pitt's coach in its first year in the ACC, while Syracuse's Doug Marrone may be turning the Orange around - he's certainly done well enough by recent Orange standards to get a fourth season.

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