Virginia Tech announced on Tuesday that former head coach Frank Beamer will serve as an honorary team captain for the Hokies on Sept. 3, when they play West Virginia at FedEx Field.
Don Nehlen, who led the Mountaineers to 17 winning seasons from 1980-2000, will serve as an honorary team captain for West Virginia. Both Beamer and Nehlen will take part in the coin toss during pregame, and the team that wins will bring their honorary team captain down to participate in the Black Diamond Trophy presentation.
“Don Nehlen remains one of my all-time favorite people,” Beamer said in a statement. “Every time we played West Virginia it was a big game for our team and our fans. Going into Morgantown was always a challenge. You knew you were going to have to face a tough, well-coached football team for 60 minutes and that crowd wasn’t going to let up on you, either. I’m so honored that I’ll get to join Coach Nehlen on the field as our two teams meet again.”
In games where Beamer and Nehlen coached against each other, Virginia Tech was 9-5 vs. West Virginia. In the coaches’ last seven meetings, the Hokies won six of those games.
“I have all the respect in the world for Frank Beamer,” Nehlen said. “Not only is he is class man and a great friend, he did an unbelievable job at Virginia Tech and took that program to its greatest period of success. When the Mountaineers and Hokies got together to play, it didn’t matter whether either team was 10-0 or 0-10, it defined what a great rivalry was.”