ESPN ranks Clemson #16 CFB Coaching Job


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Swinney and Watson will try to keep the mojo going in 2015.

ESPN has released its ranking of the Top 65 College Football head-coaching jobs in America and it has Clemson #16 overall and #2 in the ACC.

The ranking factors included location, administrative stability, support from those bosses, facilities, recruiting base, path to conference titles/playoff, sense of tradition, fervor of fan base, too much fervor from a fan base, etc.

Clemson was put in the Tier 3 group: The Comebacks Group which is the "Traditional powers that are working to resurface, or get over the hump."

Clemson has an SEC mentality and SEC facilities -- but it plays an ACC schedule. And in the ACC, there's FSU, a gap to Clemson at No. 2 -- and then a gap to the rest of the league. Going back to the conversation about South Carolina leaning hard on in-state talent for high-end success, it is not as necessary for Clemson. The Tigers have had a better presence in Florida for years, and they fare well in Atlanta, too. Dabo Swinney and former coach Tommy Bowden have worn their faith on their sleeves. They've sold recruits on Clemson being an extension of their own family. The school has also shown that it has deep pockets for assistant coaches' salaries. The fact that it shelled out $1 million-plus to hire and keep former offensive coordinator Chad Morris was eye-opening to coaches.(via ESPN.com)

The ACC schools ranked in the Top 25 besides Clemson included Florida schools - Florida State (#7 overall) and Miami (#23 overall).

Other ACC rankings included Louisville (#29 overall), Virginia Tech (#33 overall), North Carolina (#36 overall), North Carolina State (#40 overall), Georgia Tech (#41 overall), Pittsburgh (#43 overall), Virginia (#51 overall), Boston College (#55 overall), Syracuse (#57 overall), Duke (#58 overall), and the worst job on the list - Wake Forest (#65 overall).

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