Beamer at risking of staying too long at Virginia Tech
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Beamer at risking of staying too long at Virginia Tech

He should learn from cautionary tales of Bowden and Paterno

Photo: Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer still knows football at age 68 as he enters his 29th season with the Hokies. Of that there should be no doubt.

But knowing it and retaining the ability to teach it changes with time. Sometimes coaches and their team’s personality no longer connect. ...


Click here for the rest of my Today's U story on Virginia Tech and Frank Beamer.

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications


David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."