If Wake wins on Saturday, it is, in my opinion, officially time to start looking for a new coach. I don’t say that lightly because a) over the summer I was ready to give Dabo 3 full years and b) I don’t like coaching changes.
However, I’ve recently been further considering the circumstances of Dabo’s position. His goal is not to rebuild. Rather it is to push a good team to a higher level (i.e. the conference championship game). Let’s face it, the Atlantic Division is a cesspool of football right now. A loss to Wake makes winning the division all but impossible. Leading a team out of contention for the division championship only halfway through the conference schedule is not going to easily be confused with leading the team to a higher level.
Moreover, it’s hard for Dabo to argue that he lacks talent at his disposal. There are two reasons for this. One, as Jim Grobe explained, “We don’t see anybody that has more talent than Clemson.” Second, Dabo used to be the recruiting coordinator, and he was a highly regarded one. So, Dabo is either unable to get results from the talent at his disposal, or he really wasn’t that good at recruiting in the first place. It’s a lose-lose situation.
Dabo’s only hope to justify his job is to win against Wake and then proceed to finish the season very solidly. Maybe he can get away with another conference loss so long as he beats Coastal and Carolina, but he can’t afford to lose to Wake now. Otherwise no matter how well the season ends, it will have been far too little too late.