Bobby Bowden and Frank Beamer easily own the two longest tenures in the ACC.
In fact, they rank second and third nationally among major-college coaches.
But No. 3 in the ACC?
Go ahead and think about that for a second.
OK, time. It’s Ralph Friedgen, by roughly two weeks over Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe and more than a month over Virginia’s Al Groh.
The other seven jobs in the league have all turned over in the last two years, with Clemson’s Tommy Bowden being the latest to join a list of “former coaches.”
The last time a Maryland coach would have ranked in the top three in seniority in the ACC? Assuming Bobby Ross accepted the Georgia Tech job before Joe Krivak was hired to replace him in College Park (a reasonable assumption), it would have been in 1981. That was the final season for Jerry Claiborne, who at the time was the dean of the ACC’s football coaches.
The full rundown of hiring dates for the ACC’s current dozen coaches (with approximations for the first two):
Post-1975 season: Bobby Bowden, Florida State
Post-1986 season: Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
Nov. 29, 2000: Ralph Friedgen, Maryland
Dec. 11, 2000: Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
Dec. 30, 2000: Al Groh, Virginia
Nov. 13, 2006: Butch Davis, North Carolina
Dec. 9, 2006: Tom O’Brien, N.C. State
Dec. 9, 2006: Randy Shannon, Miami
Dec. 19, 2006: Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College
Dec. 7, 2007: Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
Dec. 15, 2007: David Cutcliffe, Duke
Oct. 13, 2008: Dabo Swinney, Clemson (interim)