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ACC Head Coaches on the Hot Seat?

The Virginia Tech Hokies are not the only team off to a rocky start in 2015 as other ACC/Coastal division coaches are feeling the pressure to win as the season nears the halfway point. Who's in danger of losing their job and how does the schedule shake out for those teams?

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This article will not focus on the coaching status of the Virginia Tech Hokies as that has been covered enough lately with this and this, but we will take a look at other struggling ACC programs specifically in the Coastal division that need to start winning ASAP before their jobs are posted on Without further ado....

Virginia Cavaliers (1-4): Head coach, Mike London, has been at the helm of the Cavs since 2010 and has managed to compile a 24-42 record. Only one season (2011) did UVA have a winning record and make it to bowl season; otherwise it's been tough sledding for London after previously winning the FCS championship with Richmond back in 2008. You have to hand it to the Cavaliers for scheduling an ultra competitive out of conference schedule by playing @ UCLA, Notre Dame, and Boise State, all currently ranked in the AP Top 25, but when the lone win of the season is against an FCS opponent (William & Mary), the hot seat will be well warranted. Looking at the remainder of the Cav's schedule it's not far fetched to say that they are underdogs the rest of the way other than this Saturday's match-up vs Syracuse as UVA opens as 7 point favorites (HOW?!). Unless London is able to pull together a 4-5 game winning streak to end the season or demolish in-state rival VT on the way out, it appears that UVA fans and the program as a whole are ready to part ways once this season finishes up. Hokies will miss you Mike.

Miami Hurricanes (3-2): HC Al Golden inherited a program in shambles and unfortunately he just hasn't been able to turn the program around since taking over back 2011. Golden has a very un-Hurricane like record of 31-24 but after closer look a ghastly 16-17 record in the ACC. The cherry on top is Miami has yet to win a bowl game or make the ACC title game during Golden's tenure. Some believe the only chance he has in keeping his job is to win the weak Coastal division otherwise he's toast. The bandwagon Hurricane fans of America still believe the Canes should be a perennial top 5 school, oozing with NFL talent but let's just be honest for a moment.  The Canes have the worst home field advantage of any big time school in America and frankly the Miami locals just feel there are better things to do with their time on a Saturday than sitting in Sun Life stadium watching the Hurricanes beat Bethune Cookman in the home opener. If the Hurricanes are unable to compete for the Coastal title, my gut tells me the administration will part ways and seek new leadership for the football program.

Georgia Tech (2-4): As of week 2, the Yellow Jackets were ranked 15th in the country and most considered Paul Johnson's team the favorite to take the ACC crown. Fast forward to the present day and GT has lost 4 straight, 3 straight to ACC opponents, essentially eliminating themselves from ACC title contention. It may be a long shot for Johnson to lose his job after signing a 4-year extension through 2020, but the Yellow Jackets are in serious jeopardy of missing 6 wins which would make them bowl eligible. Next week GT plays Pittsburgh at home then Florida State, @ Virginia, VTech, @Miami and at home versus in-state rival Georgia. Yellow Jackets will have to win 4 of the six games to become bowl eligible and with that remaining schedule I just don't see it happening. Don't be too shocked if Johnson starts feeling the heat as the season wears on.