On Sunday Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer became the latest coach to announce his decision to retire from his position as head coach of the Hokies. Unlike other coaches to announce in-season retirements, Beamer will see things through to the end of the season before ultimately stepping away from the game. At Virginia Tech, no coach made the Hokies more nationally prominent than Beamer, but as is so often the case in this sport, it was a struggle to keep them there.
“I have always said that ‘I want what is best for Virginia Tech,’” Beamer said in a released statement. “Because of my love and passion for this great university, this program and our tremendous fans, I have decided after 29 years that it’s time. Today, I informed Dr. Timothy Sands and Whit Babcock of my decision to retire at the conclusion of the 2015 season.”
Beamer was brought on as the head coach of the Virginia Tech program in 1987, where he succeeded Bill Dooley. Virginia Tech had some success in a season now and then — Virginia Tech won its first bowl game in program history in 1986 when it claimed victory in the Peach Bowl in Dooley’s final game as head coach before moving to Wake Forest (my how the times have changed) — but Beamer got to work on putting together a program that needed to build an established identity and mold a plan for more long-term and sustained success. It took a few years to get things moving in that direction, but a move to the new Big East football conference with Beamer at the helm would yield years of success that included 22 straight bowl trips, including an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game (the 2000 Sugar Bowl vs. Florida State), three Big East titles, four ACC titles and five ACC Coastal Division championships.
As much success as Virginia Tech has had under Beamer’s leadership, the trophy case remained vacant of a national title, a goal that was not at all unrealistic for a nice stretch of time. The last few years have seen the Hokies begin to trend downward. In a division always seemingly up for grabs, Virginia Tech has struggled to take advantage of the opportunity to win the ACC Coastal while seeing win totals top out at eight games each of the past three seasons. Virginia Tech is currently 4-5 this fall.
It may have only been a matter of time for Beamer to decide the time was right to move on, but he will get to end the season and have a mini retirement tour, which is well deserved for one of the good men in college football for the better part of the past three decades.
USC has one less booster for its football program.
Former Los Angeles Police Department Union attorney Marla Brown is a USC graduate. She is also officially registered as a USC football booster. Or, she was.
In the wake of the abhorrent murder of George Floyd, peaceful protests have, in some cases, devolved into riots and looting across the country. In tweets posted to her Twitter account Sunday morning, Brown stated “Shoot the protestors” and exclaimed, “they need to be shot.”
While the tweets are no longer available as Brown has subsequently deleted her Twitter account, they were saved for posterity.
The LAPD made it perfectly clear that Brown is not an employee. Then USC athletic director Mike Bohn announced in a statement that the USC football program is severing its ties with Brown. “Racism and hate speech will not be tolerated,” Bohn wrote in a tweet that contained his statement, which appears in full below:
Last night we were made aware of abhorrent and blatantly racist tweets from an individual who identified as a USC Football Booster. Following an immediate investigation into the matter, we informed the individual that their season ticket and Trojan Athletic Fund membership privileges have been revoked and their payments will be promptly returned. Their account has been flagged in our system to prevent future purchases.
Thank you to the USC community for helping us identity this individual so that we could move swiftly to terminate our relationship. We stand in solidarity with the Black community.
One member of the Clemson football program has been dealt a very significant blow. Whether it’s a blow that costs him the remainder of his career remains to be seen.
Justyn Ross was very limited as Clemson worked its way through spring football practice that was ultimately scuttled because of the coronavirus pandemic. In lieu of an official explanation from the program, rumors of the seriousness of Ross’ health issues have been bouncing off the vast expanses of the Internet.
In mid-March, Dabo Swinney attempted to clear the air, saying that the standout wide receiver is “perfectly fine” even as he’s dealing with what’s being described as “stinger symptoms.” Late last month, however, it was reported that Ross will undergo surgery in June. A Clemson football official subsequently confirmed that a medical procedure is in the offing.
Monday, Swinney confirmed that Ross will undergo surgery this month. In doing so, Swinney also confirmed that the receiver will miss the entire 2020 season. And, it’s an issue that could end his playing career.
Ross was the No. 1 player in the state of Alabama in the Class of 2018, and he has more than lived up to the recruiting hype.
His first two seasons with the Clemson football program, Ross has totaled 1,865 yards and 17 touchdowns on 112 receptions. This past season, caught 66 passes for 865 yards and eight touchdowns.
In four career College Football Playoff games, Ross has a statline of 23-424-3. for the Tigers
SMU is once again on the positive side of the football transfer portal.
Earlier this offseason, Chris Naggar entered the NCAA transfer database. This weekend, 247Sports.com indicated that the kicking specialist has transferred into the SMU football program.
As of yet, neither the player nor the school has confirmed the development.
Naggar would be heading to the Mustangs as a graduate transfer. The upcoming season would serve as his final year of eligibility.
Naggar joined the Texas Longhorns as part of its Class of 2016. His first three years in Austin, the Arlington, Tex., native didn’t see the field.
This past season, Naggar appeared in seven games for the Longhorns. He punted the ball 25 times in 2019, averaging 39.3 yards per punt. He also kicked off three times in his seven appearances.
This offseason, SMU has added a pair of Power Five transfers to its football roster. Stanford offensive lineman Mike Williams joined the AAC team in February. Arkansas wide receiver TQ Jackson did the same three months later. Additionally, starting linebacker Richard Moore was granted a sixth season of eligibility.
The Mustangs are coming off a 10-3 campaign, the program’s most wins since the pre-death penalty season of 1984. In December, SMU announced it had reached an agreement on a contract extension with head football coach Sonny Dykes.
A tragedy that struck the Indiana football program has drawn a response from its head coach.
It was reported Monday that Chris Beaty “was one of two men shot and killed in separate incidents over the weekend as violence erupted in Downtown Indianapolis.” The 38-year-old Beaty was shot multiple times shortly before midnight local time Saturday and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Beaty was a defensive lineman for the Indiana Hoosiers football team from 2000-04.
Monday afternoon, Tom Allen addressed the tragic development.
“I am at a loss for words. The news of the passing of Chris Beaty is just devastating. Since I returned home to coach at Indiana, Chris embraced me, encouraged me and supported me! His passion for life and Indiana Football energized me every time we were together. He was one of our first alumni that displayed his unwavering support for what we are building here at Indiana and how we are building it. I am so heartbroken for his family and he will be deeply missed by all those that were blessed to call him a friend! LEO”
Despite being away from the Indiana football program for nearly two decades, Beaty remained close to it.
HoosierHuddle.com wrote that “Beaty was still actively involved with IU football. He tweeted on April 26th a screenshot of head coach Tom Allen, Mark Deal and several other Indiana football alumni. He thanked Allen for checking in with the former players and said that IU football was in good hands.”
Included was a tweet from Beaty’s personal Twitter account.