Today CFN ranked the ACC's football coaches based on this criteria:
Age is a factor, recruiting talent helps and the ability to do big things with mediocre talent doesn't hurt. So with that in mind, this isn't a ranking of the best coaches in the ACC; this is a ranking of the coaches you'd want to take lead the program for the next five years or more.
Okay, looking past the "take lead" part, I think I follow. You're asking who's now.
12. Tom O’Brien, NC State
Career Record: 100-70
As long as he gets to bowl games, where he’s 7-2, everything is fine. After working wonders at Boston College, he has cranked out some decidedly mediocre teams at NC State. A Marine, he coaches well-disciplined, tough teams, but the wins aren’t coming and the recruiting classes aren’t near what Chuck Amato brought in.
Hot Seat Status: Toasty. He needs to make the Pack a player in the ACC race in a hurry. The program can’t fall behind North Carolina.
The Coaching Change Will Come … Within five years. Even if he turns State into a power, he’s 62. Age won’t be his problem, but a lack of championships will be.
I don't have the energy to pick at the obvious problems here. This thing reads as though 2010 never happened. Just take it in.