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ACC coaching job poll. Is The U a top job?

Athlon Sports did a poll about the best Football Coaching jobs to have in the ACC. Where'd they list Miami? Find out here.

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So, Athlon Sports had a expert's poll ranking the ACC football coaching jobs.

Let's cut to the chase: the panel of experts ranked Miami as the 4th best job to have in the ACC. Here's a look at the list

1. Florida State

2. Clemson

3. Virginia Tech

4. Miami

5. Louisville

6. North Carolina

7. Georgia Tech

8. North Carolina State

9. Virginia

10. Pittsburgh

11. Duke

12. Boston College

13. Syracuse

14. Wake Forest

Now, before you go nuclear on me, let's see the blurb that accompanied the Canes' placement at 4th on the list:

Miami is an interesting case study in pros and cons. On the positive side, the Hurricanes offer as much upside as any program in the nation, winning national titles in three different decades and have the easiest access to elite prospects of any program in the nation. But fan and administrative support is inferior to any nationally elite programs and the home-field advantage is non-existent. This is why The U was the only other team to get a first-place vote — and was voted ninth twice.

So, out of 16 voters, 15 voted FSU at #1, and 1 voter put Miami at the top (no, I didn't have a vote in this poll, so don't go accusing me of being a blind homer).

In my mind, there are a couple of things that stand out as questionable:

1. Miami should be 3rd over Virginia Tech

Have the Hokies been a more stable program in recent years than Miami? Yes.

Does that make it a better job? No. Not at all.

The talent base we recruit from locally is unquestionably better (arguably the best in the country), and with a few yet-to-be-found tweaks, Miami is one of the top 15 jobs in America.

Now, if we're talking about "for this year, with how the programs have been over the last decade", I put VT over Miami. But, overall, "which job is better to have in a vacuum"? Miami. No doubt.

2. Duke is too low

I know David Cutcliffe has done MARVELS at Duke, and their recent success may not be sustainable long term. But, 11th? Eh, that just feels a bit low to me.

This ranking seems like the legacy/"in a vacuum" ranking that wasn't the foundation (in my mind) for ranking Miami 4th. But maybe that's just me.

3. Can Clemson stay that high?

Dabo Swinney has been building Clemson into a top program for a while. Is that a blip on the radar? With their on-field performance and increasing cache in recruiting, it sure doesn't feel like it.

4. Louisville is gonna feel disrespected

I can hear the cries from Louisville now.

"But we beat Miami twice in a row."

"But we were beating Florida State in the 2nd half last year..."

"Clemson got lucky to squeak by us last year"

"We don't get the respect we deserve"

Eh. They might be right. But, in my mind, they're right about where they should be.


The Athlon poll is sure to stir up some debate. So, why not start here?

Do you agree with having the Canes as the 4th best job to have in the ACC? Why or why not?