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Fond farewell for Frank Beamer

Fond farewell for Frank Beamer

Frank Beamer wanted to wait to the end of Virginia Tech’s season to announce his retirement, but he made the right decision to announce he will retire at the end of the season.No matter how the Hokies’ add their final three games to a 4-5 record, this way he will be remembered...

Virginia Tech proves hurdle for streaking North Carolina

Virginia Tech proves hurdle for streaking North Carolina

Now that a North Carolina team with a six-game winning streak stands with No. 22-ranked Duke and No. 24 Pittsburgh as the last three teams unbeaten in ACC Coastal play, the schedule appears to stack up neatly.The trio face each other in round-robin fashion over the next three...

ACC coaches praise Steve Spurrier with some more than others

ACC coaches praise Steve Spurrier with some more than others

A popular topic of discussion on Wednesday’s ACC coaches teleconference call was a topical SEC coach, Steve Spurrier.Duke’s David Cutcliffe, Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney responded to questions about his decision Monday to resign from coaching the...

Loss to ECU shows Virginia Tech out of gas under Frank Beamer

Loss to ECU shows Virginia Tech out of gas under Frank Beamer

A pattern seems to be developing that foreshadows a retirement announcement at season’s end from Frank Beamer, the man who built Virginia Tech into a national program.The buildup to each week’s game includes the opposing coach – from Ohio State’s Urban Meyer in the opener to the...

Virginia Tech tries to avoid loss to nemesis East Carolina

Virginia Tech tries to avoid loss to nemesis East Carolina

Last week ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, a Big Ten graduate of Northwestern, said on his show Pardon the Interruption that Northern Illinois could finish fourth in the Big Ten.Agreeing or disagreeing with him (I disagree) isn’t the reason for this story. It’s to point out that East...

No comparing Ohio State vulnerability to Virginia Tech

No comparing Ohio State vulnerability to Virginia Tech

Football fans are quick to leap to conclusions. Ohio State playing Monday night at Virginia Tech with a suspension-depleted lineup is the latest example.Yes, the Buckeyes are without All-American defensive end Joey Bosa and three offensive players, H-backs Dontre Wilson and Jalin...

Long ACC weekend of help or hurt for the openers

Long ACC weekend of help or hurt for the openers

Thank you, ACC.The conference presented us with a fan friendly opening Labor Day weekend with 14 teams playing from Thursday through Monday night. Some of the games are more important than others toward the ACC’s goal of shedding the label of No. 5 in overall strength among the...

Beamer at risking of staying too long at Virginia Tech

Beamer at risking of staying too long at Virginia Tech

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...