media outlets, including the Columbia (SC) newspaper The State, are reporting
that Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster will meet with Clemson about
their vacant head coaching job. Details are unavailable as to when and where the
meeting will occur.
Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden resigned after an Oct. 13th meeting with
Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips (who earned master’s and doctorate
degrees from Virginia Tech in the 1970s). Since then, Clemson has interviewed
two possible replacements: fired Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin and Oklahoma
defensive coordinator Brent Venables.
Bud Foster is in his 22nd season with Virginia Tech, his 13th as defensive
coordinator. Foster was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given to the top
college football assistant coach, in 1999, 20001 and 2005, and he finally won
the award in 2006. Foster played safety and outside linebacker at Murray State
from 1977 to 1980. Frank Beamer was his defensive coordinator in 1979 and 1980,
and later hired Foster when Beamer was the head coach at Murray State. When
Beamer came to Virginia Tech in 1987, he brought Foster with him as the
Foster’s Virginia Tech defenses have been highly ranked multiple times under
Foster, and have been particularly dominant in the last ten years.
Going into last night’s game against Miami, Tech’s defense was ranked 18th in
the nation in total defense, at 295.8 yards per game. They held Miami to 247
yards, setting Tech’s season average at 290.9 ypg.
Brittany Cook Tears ACL, Out for the Year
Virginia Tech redshirt-senior women’s basketball player Brittany Cook will
be out for the 2008-09 season after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee in a
Nov. 6 practice. Surgery has been scheduled for next week.
Cook led the ACC in scoring last year at 17.9 ppg. She set a single-game
scoring record with 36 points in a win over Miami on Feb. 11th, 2008.