College Football Hot Seat: ACC — Is this Mike Norvell’s Last Stand

What can Mike Norvell do to keep his job at Florida State?

Will Florida State sack Mike Norvell?
Will Florida State sack Mike Norvell?

With the Big Ten and SEC in their current power grab, the ACC may be more concerned with losing quality coaches to other conferences than it is replacing coaches not getting the job done.


Mike Norvell – Florida State Seminoles
This will only be year 3 for Norvell, but the first two haven’t gone as expected. Things don’t get any easier with Florida State alum, Deion Sanders, doing well at Jackson State. Many Florida State boosters already have Sanders sitting in the head seat after this season.

Geoff Collins – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Collins is 9-25 at Georgia Tech. He’s found consistency, but unfortunately that’s with 3 wins in each of his 3 seasons. Their 2022 schedule doesn’t give Collins much of a chance to see another year.


Dino Babers – Syracuse Orangemen
Babers passed on several opportunities outside of Syracuse after his 10-3 season in 2018. He hasn’t had a winning season since. Things may be heading in the right direction. Syracuse did go 5-7 in 2021 after only winning 1 game the previous season.

Scott Satterfield – Louisville Cardinals
This seemed like a slam dunk hire for Louisville back in 2019. Things haven’t been bad, but they haven’t been great. It doesn’t seem like Satterfield can find the momentum to get over the hump.


Pat Narduzzi – Pittsburgh Panthers
Narduzzi’s 10 wins in 2021 was his best in 7 seasons at Pitt. Pitt might fall back into the standard 5-7 win seasons after losing quarterback Kenny Pickett to the NFL and wide receiver Jordan Addison to USC.

Jeff Hafley – Boston College Eagles
Hafley’s 12-11 record after two seasons leading Boston College isn’t exciting, but it appears Hafley has created a solid foundation for this program.

Brent Pry – Virginia Tech Hokies
This is Pry’s first season at Virginia Tech. He likely has 3 seasons to return Virginia Tech to a Frank Beamer level before the heat gets turned up.

Tony Elliott – Virginia Cavaliers
This is Elliot’s first head coaching job after leading Clemson’s offense for several years. He’ll have time to figure things out at Virginia, a place not known for coaching turnover.

Mike Elko – Duke Blue Devils
One of four new head coaches in the ACC. He’s been a fantastic assistant. Always a tough spot to be a football coach at a basketball-first university.

Dave Doeren – North Carolina State Wolfpack
Doeren is a case study for patience. 2022 will be his 10th season leading North Carolina State. Doeren has only had two losing seasons and things appear to be trending up.

Mario Cristobal – Miami Hurricanes
Cristobal returns to his alma mater after a successful run at Oregon. The off-season has been a winner, let’s see if it translates on the field. Cristobal will have some big personalities to manage.

Mack Brown – North Carolina Tar Heels
This was an interesting hire 3 years ago and remains interesting. A retirement for Brown is more likely than a firing.

Dave Clawson – Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Clawson has been Wake Forest’s head man since 2014. 2021 ended at an impressive 11-3 and has parlayed into a decent 2023 recruiting class.


Dabo Swinney – Clemson Tigers
Swinney has set the bar so high that some have Swinney’s seat warming after a 3 loss season. His two national championships have built enough goodwill to remain comfortable for a few more years.

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