Former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer will be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame later this year, but he will be recognized for his election to the hall this weekend by Virginia Tech. A ceremony honoring the long-time head coach of the Hokies is planned around this week’s schedule for a home game against undefeated Notre Dame.
Beamer will be honored during the game in some way, but those details have not been revealed at this time. Hours prior to the primetime game with the Fighting Irish, Beamer will be honored with a monument at Moody Plaza in the southwest corner of Lane Stadium.
According to a released statement by Virginia Tech, the bronze life-sized likeness of Beamer will have a bench for fans to sit and take photos and was financed by private gifts to the university. The monument was sculpted by Tom Gallo of South Carolina. Fans will also be able to purchase a miniature version of the monument and 5,000 will be handed out to fans attending the game that night.
For decades, Florida State and Virginia Tech had the kind of coaching stability that is increasingly rare in college football. Bobby Bowden and Frank Beamer coached at Florida State and Virginia Tech, respectively, for a combined total of 63 seasons and accumulated a combined record of 553-219-6 as two of college football’s all-time winningest coaches. With Florida State and Virginia Tech set to open the 2018 season in an ACC game in Week 1 (September 3), the two coaching icons from the two schools will serve as honorary captains for the game.
“I am honored that Coach Bowden accepted our offer to be the honorary captain for our first game at Florida State,” Florida State head coach Willie Taggart said in a released statement. “Growing up, I admired Coach Bowden for his success on the field as well as his passion for changing the lives of young men, and I could not think of a greater vote of confidence than having him on the field for our first game. This is also a great opportunity for our fans to show their appreciation to Coach Bowden and adds to what will surely be a fantastic atmosphere on Labor Day night.”
Bowden and Beamer have coached against each other on a handful of occasions, including the 2000 Sugar Bowl for the BCS National Championship and an ACC Championship Game after the Hokies left the Big East for the ACC. Bowden led the coaching matchup with a record of 8-1, including victories in the BCS National Championship Game and the 2005 ACC Championship Game.
The Fuller dynasty at Virginia Tech is coming to a close. Defensive back Kendall Fuller, who missed the majority of the 2015 season due to injury, will skip his senior season of eligibility at Virginia Tech and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.
Fuller sustained a torn meniscus during Virgina Tech’s summer camps but managed to play in the first three games of the season. That was all he could do though as his season ended after just those three games so he could undergo surgery on his right knee. While his final season in Blacksburg did not go quite to plan, Fuller left his mark on the program, as did his brothers that came before him.
“Virginia Tech is better because the Fuller brothers were Hokies,” retiring Virgina Tech head coach Frank Beamer said in a statement. “Vinny, Corey, Kyle and Kendall were all different, but they were all the same in that they were smart, competitive, very athletic and great teammates, who possessed great character.”
Fuller was the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and a first-team All-ACC player in 2014. If healthy, he could go as early as in the first round in the upcoming NFL Draft.
For years there was a thought that Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster would one day be the successor to longtime head coach Frank Beamer. With Beamer announcing his decision to retire at the end of the season, there was never any word about Foster being handed the keys to the program. Instead, Virginia Tech has found a coach with an offensive identity in the hiring of Justin Fuente from Memphis. Given the way coaching changes can tend to go, nobody would have blamed Foster for being a tad miffed at not getting the job in Blacksburg, but he will remain the defensive coordinator of the Hokies as a key member of Fuente’s new staff. He says he has put in too much work to leave now.
“I’m rooted in here. We put a lot of blood, sweat and tears in this place,” Foster said Monday. “It wasn’t hard. I wouldn’t have stayed here for as long as I’ve had if I didn’t feel like we had the opportunity to win at the highest level. I feel that more than ever right now.”
Fuente being able to keep Foster on the staff is a huge advantage. Foster not only ensures Fuente will have a dependable coach managing the defense, which should remain one of the top defensive units in the ACC as long as he stays put. Keeping Foster on the staff also allows for some tremendous stability during the transition, which can always be key when a coach with no previous ties to the university takes over a program. Foster can help Fuente get acclimated to his new surroundings and also keep valuable recruiting ties alive and well during the change.
Foster acknowledged he would love to one day be a head coach, and that dream will continue, but for now he is more interested in contributing at Virginia Tech.
“I always wanted to be a head coach. This would be a dream job. I’m happy with where I am. I’ll never be bitter. I won’t cry myself to sleep wishing “what-ifs” and they type of thing. My goal is to be the best football coach I can possibly be. I want to help this program be the best football program it can possibly be.”
It might be hard to imagine a college football world without Bill Snyder on the sidelines at Kansas State. In fact, Snyder made his return to the Wildcats in some of the earliest days of College Football Talk (we’ve grown up so much over that time). With the coaching carousel in full operation, including a retirement of Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer, UCF’s George O’Leary and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, it does not appear Kansas State’s head coach will join the list of retired coaches just yet.
According to a report from Football Scoop on Tuesday afternoon, Snyder intends on returning to coach in 2016. The 76-year old head coach is not naive to not know his time in charge of the program will come to an end soon, but you have to admire his devotion to the program even in his older years. And you know what, he still can get the job done as a head coach even though Kansas State is not exactly a national championship contender or even a Big 12 contender this season.
Or is this a part of plan to keep the Snyder family in charge of the Wildcats football program? Dan Wolken of USA Today shared a thought about this news which noted one of the rumors regarding the future of the program that has been discussed before.
So we shall see what unfolds at Kansas State. The Wildcats have struggled a bit this season, and there may be a benefit to finding a successor to Snyder now if you are Kansas State. But every time Kansas State has been knocked down, Snyder seems to find a way to bounce back.