Frank Beamer Monument to Be Unveiled; VT-UNC To Kick Off at 7pm

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Frank Beamer will be honored before the Notre Dame game on Saturday. (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

Virginia Tech’s October 13 game at North Carolina will kick off at 7pm, and it will be televised nationally by either ESPN2 or ESPNU.  It will be the Hokies’ third consecutive night game.

The Tar Heels are 1-3 on the season and 1-1 in ACC play.  They have a bye week before facing the Hokies, who are 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in the ACC.  Tech will face Notre Dame this Saturday night at 8pm on ABC.

In other news, it will be Frank Beamer weekend in Blacksburg for the Notre Dame game.  From a Virginia Tech press release this morning…

“At 4:45 p.m. (approximately three hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff), a monument celebrating Coach Beamer will be unveiled at Moody Plaza, located on the Southwest corner of the Lane Stadium footprint adjacent to Beamer Way. Fans and members of the public are encouraged to attend. Unlike other monuments honoring iconic figures, this tribute to Coach Beamer will be devoid of any pedestal and will be very approachable just like the man who was taught the values of hard work and loyalty on his family’s farm in rural Hillsville, Virginia.”

Miniature replicas of the monument will be available to the first 5,000 fans at the Notre Dame game, and a limited number of replicas will be available for purchase beginning at 10am on Tuesday.

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  1. So appropriate that it is to the southwest of Lane in the direction of his native Hillsville. I cherish the picture that he took with my wife and I many years ago. So down to earth.

  2. I hope it’s like the Tom Osborne statue at nebraska. Kids take pictures with it before games.

  3. Yeah you are right. He only built the program and made us a nationally recognized team. They can put up as many statues of Coach as they want to. Our night games, stadium expansion and program growth doesn’t occur without him.

    Hell, through a replica of his Beagle “Hank” next to him.

      1. Hokiezig is a long time subscriber with some positive posts so it’s strange he would just throw that negative out there and not inform us why ….why he would post such a negative comment without substance is kind of strange …Coach has done so many great things …I’m out 😇

        1. I am a huge supporter of Beamer. I am 100% against monuments for any person still alive. I think there are plenty of examples of why this is not a good idea.

    1. Could you please elaborate… may have a good reason and I would like to hear it 🤷‍♂️

    2. You need to at least explain why. Your post sounds like you have an axe to grind against Beamer. If it’s you don’t think there should be monuments to anyone, then that’s different.

    3. Hey Drive By, HokieZig,
      Please go away and you won’t have to worry about monuments of Beamer.

  4. It always concerns me when memorials, etc., are erected while someone is still with us. Lest, something bad happen or be uncovered and they have to be removed (e.g. Joe Paterno statue). If anyone is a safe bet though, it’s Frank Beamer – congrats coach!

    1. I was going to make a facetious comment about that something along the lines of “Uh-oh, that’s not good” There’s always a problem with monuments to current politicians etc, today’s great guy might be a big nobody in 20 years (who exactly is George Munger anyway?) or like you mentioned, not enough time has gone by that someone’s goodness has become settled history: I’m sure everyone said it was a “safe bet” when Paterno’s statue went up.

      Which is why I admire the decision/comment about no pedestal, they did think about all of the above. It is not so much a monument, – “that” statue looking down at you – as it is folk art, Frank looking at you eye level. I appreciate the soft touch, you can make of it what you want and avoids those issues of ego altogether.

  5. Coach Beamer is our Bear Bryant. As humble as he is, I am sure he is still appreciative of this honor. I fully support and applaud this statue to a great man to many people here in SW Va.

    1. Since Frank had to work there 29 years I don’t think you’ll have to worry about having monuments around Lane anytime soon.
      Congratulations Coach Beamer!

      1. that’s kinda a point though that it really is a one-off, never happen again instead of opening the door to other statues.

    2. I like it. He, more than anyone, enhanced the VT football brand netionwide….class move for a classy alum.
      HC ‘73

      1. I’ll take it a step or two further…Frank’s impact on : 1) the institution known as Virginia Tech, 2)the economic and academic development of both VT and the area in/around Blacksburg, 3) the perception of VT in the eyes of people all over the country and beyond who have little or NO interest in college football but DO have interest in leaders who demonstrate skill, class, integrity and humility while acheiving huge success in the chosen career path – is FAR beyond his contributions as only a football coach at VT for 29 years. It’s not surprising to hear some people say he does not need to be immortalized with a statue at Lane Stadium, and I respect those opinions, but IMHO Frank deserves the recognition beyond the shadow of a doubt.

        1. Couldn’t agree with you more, Hokeedokee. A great football coach and an even greater human being!

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