Midseason coaching changes can be found in almost every Power 5 conference. From USC's distancing from Steve Sarkisian to Steve Spurrier's resignation at South Carolina, these are felt across the country. With fellow Coastal Division members facing their own turmoil, might others from the division join the 'Canes in finding a new coaching staff?
Frank Beamer's time in Blacksburg may be nearing its end.
Virginia Tech has been on a downward skid since going 11-3 and winning the Coastal Division in 2011. Since then, the Hokies have had at least five losses in each season, and have already matched that this year, sitting 3-5 overall. The Virginia Tech faithful are longing to part ways, civilly, with the winningest coach in program history.
There's not likely to be a midseason firing, or a firing at all given Beamer's contributions to the program. Perhaps a resignation or retirement is in order. Change appears to be on its way, however. While initially it was thought that Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster would take over head coaching duties, fans are throwing other options into the mix. State of the U's Hokie blog counterpart, Gobbler Country, has made the case for several candidates.
Among those never thought to outlast Al Golden's time at Miami is Virginia Cavaliers Head Coach Mike London.
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London's no stranger to the hot seat. Since 2012, he's been a regular in nearly every publications' ‘college football's hottest seats to watch list'. London arrived in Charlottesville in 2010, and during his tenure the Cavaliers highest win total came in the 2014 season, when they went 5-7. Despite bringing in top local recruits, London could not reach postseason play in his earlier four seasons with Virginia.
Sitting 2-5 overall in 2015, his already scorching hot seat can't possibly get any hotter, and we may very well see Virginia jump into the coaching pool.
The number of head coaching vacancies is on the rise, and competition is on its way.