At last check,
Barring additional changes, 40.5 percent of full-time ACC assistants, 51 of 126, will be new in 2013.
Granted, the three programs that changed head coaches —
But even if we remove N.C. State, BC and the 'Cuse from the calculation, the ACC's other 11 programs have 28 staff changes, a 28.3-percent rate.
An even higher rate of turnover among offensive and defensive coordinators makes handicapping the conference more problematic than usual.
Half of the ACC’s 26 offensive and defensive coordinators —
How all this change compares to other major conferences and to previous seasons is a research project for another day (when do the summer interns start?), but there's no denying it's significant.
Some head coaches, chiefly Virginia’s
Here's the short-story version, school-by-school, in alphabetical order, with number of new assistants:
BOSTON COLLEGE (8): Running backs coach Al
CLEMSON (1): Mike Reed, formerly at N.C. State, replaces Charlie Harbison as secondary coach. Harbison left for Auburn.
DUKE (2): Passing game coordinator Matt Lubick moved to
FLORIDA STATE (6): No one-graph summary possible. So deep breath.
Defensive coordinator Mark Stoops became
Finally, offensive coordinator James Coley, an FSU grad, took the OC job at rival Miami, where unlike at his alma mater, he’ll call the plays. Fisher directs the
Fisher’s new assistants: defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt (previously at Alabama), Randy Sanders (quarterbacks, from Kentucky), Sal Sunseri (defensive ends, formerly at Tennessee),
Fisher originally hired Billy Napier for Brewster’s position. But Napier then went to Alabama as receivers coach, replacing former Virginia offensive coordinator Mike Groh, who joined the staff of new
GEORGIA TECH (3): Johnson fired defensive coordinator
Mike Pelton, who worked the past two years at Auburn, is Charles Kelly’s successor and will coach the
MARYLAND (0): If ever a program needed some stability. As friend and esteemed colleague Patrick Stevens notes, the Terps had had three offensive coordinators in as many years and four defensive coordinators in five.
MIAMI (3): Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and running backs coach Terry Richardson went to the Jacksonville Jaguars and were replaced, respectively, by Coley from Florida State and Hurricanes operations director assistant Harlie Brown.
When receivers coach George McDonald departed for Arkansas — he later went to Syracuse as offensive coordinator — Al Golden hired deposed Florida International coach Mario Cristobal. He promptly went to Alabama, and Golden turned to Larry Scott, formerly of South Florida, not the
NORTH CAROLINA (2): Deke Adams (defensive line) and David Duggan (linebackers) departed for South Carolina and Southern Mississippi, respectively. Head coach Larry Fedora hired Keith Gilmore from Illinois and Ron West from
N.C. STATE (8): New head coach Dave Doeren retained one of Tom O'Brien's assistants: running backs coach Des Kitchings. His offensive coordinator is Matt Canada, previously the OC at Wisconsin (2012), Northern Illinois (2011, under Doeren) and Indiana (2007-10). Dave Huxtable is the Wolfpack's defensive coordinator, the same position he held last season at Pittsburgh.
PITT (1): Head coach Paul Chryst promoted Matt House (defensive backs) to replace Huxtable. He then hired John Palermo as a defensive assistant. Palermo and Chryst were co-workers at Wisconsin.
SYRACUSE (7): Scott Shafer retained Rob Moore (receivers) and Tim Daoust (defensive line) from Doug Marrone’s staff. His coordinators are McDonald (past two years at Miami, previous two with
VIRGINIA (5): After firing defensive coordinator Jim Reid, Shawn Moore (tight ends), Mike Faragalli (running backs) and Jeff Hanson (defensive line), London lost offensive coordinator Bill Lazor to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Replacements, not to be confused with the alternative rock band: offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild from the
London's original hire to succeed Faragalli, Jeff Banks from Texas-El Paso, left soon thereafter to Texas A&M.
VIRGINIA TECH (3): The most debated and anticipated changes in our little corner were in Blacksburg, where Beamer demoted offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring and excused Mike O'Cain (quarterbacks), Kevin Sherman (receivers) and Curt Newsome (offensive line).
In their stead, Scot Loeffler will run the offense and coach quarterbacks, while Jeff Grimes handles the o-line and Aaron Moorehead the receivers. Loeffler and Grimes come from Auburn, Moorehead from
WAKE FOREST (2): Former Purdue All-America receiver Taylor Stubblefield arrives from New Mexico to coach his specialty position, replacing Lonnie Galloway, who went to West Virginia. Warren Belin comes from the
There you have it. If only we had this rate of turnover in
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