In addition to Paul Johnson beginning his 10th year on The Flats, Dabo Swinney enters his 10th year at Clemson after serving as interim head coach for his first year. David Cutcliffe is also entering his 10th season at Duke, with Jimbo Fisher just behind him in entering his 8th year at the helm of Florida State.
There are no new head coaches in the conference this season, which is telling after coming off of arguably the ACC’s best ever season in football.
“The 14 returning ACC head coaches have a combined 139 years' experience. Eight have coached at their respective schools for five years or more. It is not hard to draw a direct line between that stability and the surge in on-field success, turning the ACC into a destination conference.”
Let’s hope the continuity helps the ACC maintain their position at the top of the college football world this coming season.
As the Macon Telegraph points out - Georgia Tech doesn’t have a controversy at quarterback heading into the 2017 season. Coach Johnson has reiterated that the job is Matthew Jordan’s to lose, but that he would feel confident calling a game for any of the other 3 players vying for the position.
We’ve talked about the players trying to usurp Jordan all off season and why each one would be a good option, pun intended. Basically if CPJ isn’t worried about who is going to play QB in the fall, then I’m not either. Let’s collectively stop stressing about it... at least until camp starts when we can start reading too far into quotes coming out of camp for more #content.
In other news, ESPN’s Andrea Adelson posted this blurb on the ACC blog from speaking with Tennessee head coach Butch Jones:
"Tennessee coach Butch Jones said his team began preparing for the season opener against Georgia Tech and its unique offense back in the spring. Of those 15 practices, Jones estimates they spent one-third of their time working on the Jackets. He does have some unique insight on his staff -- three assistants recently spent time on ACC Coastal Division staffs."
He could ask fellow SEC coaches Dan Mullen or Mark Stoops how much extra time helps.... or Kirby Smart if playing an option team earlier in the season and hiring an outside consultant helps...